There are extremely few manufacturers who are still making axes in the USA. Council Tool is one of them. They make solid axes that, while very functional, are a bit crude compared to some of the axes coming out of Europe. That is all about to change with the Velvicut line.
Council is bringing back the days of premium American made axes. The Velvicut line will have premium features like premium steel (5160), hardened edge for great edge holding, improved cutting geometry, and American hickory handles. The heads are finely finished and then coated with linseed oil. They will come with a leather bit cover and in a special box. These are some very high end axes and the prices will be comparable to premium European axes.
The first axe in the series is a classic Dayton pattern felling axe. The Dayton pattern axe is renown for its versatility. It is a uniquely American design. The next axe in the Velvicut line has me very excited. Council Tool will be introducing a premium version of the Hudson Bay axe which I consider to be just about perfect as a packing axe.
I am so glad to see a company like Council Tool continuing the legacy of finely made American axes.