Council Tool

As a follow-up to my previous post on National Knife Day, I want to introduce you (and myself) to Council Tool. If you’re searching for a high-quality, handmade blade, axe or tool, with a venerable heritage check them out. The reviews are outstanding, particularly for the new Velvicut Hudson Bay axes (hickory shaft, 5160 grade alloy steel, life-time guarantee, excellent price-point). The Hudson Bay could easily become your go-to camp axe.

“It all began with one person…John Pickett Council. In 1886, he founded the business that still bears his family’s name. Since then, hundreds of committed, talented Council employees have followed in his footsteps and carried on his legacy.

Times have changed. Manufacturing methods have changed. And equipment has been modernized. But some things have remained constant. Shortly after founding the company, Mr. Council wrote down a simple set of beliefs he felt were necessary for success. The people who work for Council Tool today still follow these four beliefs.”


1. Manufacture a quality product.

2. Offer value by being an innovative and progressive manufacturer.

3. Be straightforward and honest in your dealings.

4. Be a good corporate citizen.


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.