Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Council Tool responds to the discontinuing of the 22.5" handled Velvicut Hudson Bay Axe

(photo credit: Omaha Knife)

Hey friends,

As some of you may remember, I wrote a post back on April 26th about Council Tool discontinuing their wildly popular 22.5" long Velvicut Hudson Bay Axe.

An online axe reseller we spoke with at the time said that Council told them that they were having an issue with getting enough high grade hickory wood to make the 22.5" handles. Council said that this led them to the decision to discontinue the popular 22.5" Velvicut model.

Even with this information, many people were still scratching their heads as to why Council couldn't seem to find a way to continue making the axe. We contacted Council Tool recently, and were pleased to receive a response from the Vice President of Council Tool, Miss Pickett Council:

Greetings Jason,

You and the Council Tool distributor referenced in your post are absolutely right – market supply and availability drove the decision.  The longer length handle is somewhat of an “odd duck” for handle suppliers.  When manufacturers grade premium handles, there’s nothing they can do with fallout in the 24” version.  So if a great percentage of handles don’t make the cut, the handle producer has a great deal of excessive scrap.  Hence it’s a more expensive production.  But in addition, the shorter handle is more appropriate for the design of the Hudson Bay.  We experienced a great number of users “over-using” the product.  As you know, the Hudson Bay is designed for lighter uses, not taking down large trees, etc.

Hope / trust all is well with you and in the Bushcraft community.


Pickett Council

Council Tool

Rocky Mountain Bushcraft would like to say a special thank you to Miss Council for taking the time to respond to our questions.



About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Who da thunk it? The New York Times writes a positive article about men carrying pocket knives

Wes Siler, a Los Angeles-based blogger, said he reached for his pocketknife to help a man at the site of a car crash.CreditPhotographs by Emily Andrews for The New York Times Barker); John Francis Peters for The New York Times (Siler)

It’s a Jungle Out There? Carry a Pocketknife 
(Article courtesy of the New York Times)

In recent years, office-bound urban men have adopted the accouterments of their free-range rural brethren: the beard, the flannel shirt, the work boot.

To this list add the pocketknife. The staple tool of fishermen and Boy Scout troop leaders is being embraced by guys whose principal workplace implement is a MacBook.

Scroll through the photos on, a website that focuses on items men take along with them, and you’ll find (alongside smartphones, wallets and keys) plenty of pocketknives — some with that old-fashioned faux-bone-handle look, others with titanium handles and utilitarian design.

Bernard Capulong, the site’s co-founder and editor in chief, said a pocketknife conveys ruggedness and lone-wolf competence in a society that is increasingly tech-centric and interconnected.

“There’s an aspect of masculinity and machismo,” said Mr. Capulong, who carries a pocketknife himself. “You can do everything on your own and you’re not helpless.”

Nigel Barker, 43, a New York-based fashion photographer, has noticed that the pocketknife has become de rigueur among the young hipster assistants he works with. “Almost part of their uniform is to have that knife on that belt or in that pocket,” he said.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Jimmy Lile Rambo First Blood Test Knife has arrived!

This knife is a custom, one-off, movie-spec blade created by Vaughn Neeley of Jimmy Lile Knives for a first ever field test and review here at Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. Why is the Rambo First Blood Knife so important? It is the knife that spawned all the popular survival and wilderness blades we have today. I am excited to be the first to field test a real hand-made Lile Rambo knife. Stay tuned! - Jason

SEE ALSO- Rocky Mountain Bushcraft lands first-ever review of Jimmy Lile "First Blood" Rambo Knife