National Knife Day

It’s National Knife Day, and while I’m not a collector, it’s worth pointing out that nothing, but nothing, beats having a quality blade when you’re in the field. And since at last count, I’m in the field roughly 60 days a year, I’ve become a believer in having man’s oldest tool close to hand. Whether you’re fishing, hunting, or going for a stroll in your neighborhood park, you never know when you’ll need a quality knife. Better still if it was forged right here in the US… As you’ll see, I’m not into all that tactical stuff, I love the quality and craftsmenship.

Ahem, a few things.

  • I’d like a Thomas McGuane IV (son of the wildlife writer) blade for Christmas, in case anyone who loves me is listening.

  • I plan on picking up a “Sam McGee” Hudson Bay felling axe for myself for my birthday. And no, I don’t homestead living in urban DC, I just love the blade. Its handmade in North Carolina by Council Tool. Council Tool has been around since the late 1800s and their newest version of the Velvicut Hudson Bay axe gets a “touch-up” by BMA (new sheath, longer handle and paint job). While the original Velvicut Hudson Bay axes can be found at a better price point than the BMA axe, I’ll leave it up to you to decide. Here’s a good review of the original axe (starts around 17 min. in).

  • And Joel Bukiewicz’s fine work makes me want to quit my job and apprentice to a blacksmith.



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2 thoughts on “National Knife Day

  1. David

    That axe is a rebranded Council Velvicut Hudson Bay axe. You can get the Council all over the internet for $110 cheaper albeit without the fancy paint. Those Best Made axes are a bunch of BS.

    1. Well ain’t that some shit. I will be investigating–I wasn’t aware of Council Tool and just spent some time on their site and looking into their history. I guess quite a few toolmakers sell wholesale and allow for re-branding, but Best Made Axe should have clearly stated it I think. Not doing so lacks integrity. Better yet, why not acknowledge it as a purely aesthetic collaboration which would have brought attention to a great original American brand of Axemaker? That’s disappointing.

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