1.75 lbs Hudson Bay Axe head outfitted with an 26" curved hickory handle. Two-handed camp axe. Used for light splitting, chopping, driving tent pegs, etc. The pattern is thought to have originated from "Biscayan" in Northern Spain, near France. French traders used this hand axe as a trade tool in their dealings with Native Americans for fur and other commodities in the Hudson Bay area, St. Lawrence River, and other trade routes. Made to ANSI* standards the head is forged tool steel that is hand sharpened right here in the good ol' US of A. To finish it off the head coated with black enamel and the cutting edge in clear lacquer to deter rust. The handle is 26" American hickory. The Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening. Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured with a serrated aluminum wedge. The serrated shape improves bite and the aluminum choice of material is strong, lightweight, and does not change size with moisture content. The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 2 of the handle is removed during assembly making the overall length of the tool around 26". This axe is perfect for cutting and light splitting. Note*: ANSI Standards call for bit hardness of Rc 45-60, at least 1/2 inch back from the cutting edge. Council Tool internal standards call for tempered bit hardness of Rc 48-55 and they target 1-1/4 inches from the cutting edge. The poll and eye walls are not hardened and remain in the as forged condition.