Frost River Hudson Bay Hatchet

SKU: 633538007052by Frost River



Kit out your Axe with these handy accessories.

A well-crafted hatchet that's made in the USA and is a joy to work with. Well suited to cross cut chopping, light splitting, limbing, carving, clearing brush and saplings and finer work as well… general camp duties in a small package!



The Frost River Hudson Bay Northwoods Hatchet is made 100%, from steel to wood, in the USA. Emblazoned with Henry the Frost River Caribou on the handle and fixed with the Frost River Bridle Axe Sheath, this is a capable belt hatchet that packs a punch without packing the extra weight.

Ships with the proud Frost River laser engraving on the handle, a handy manual from Council Tool detailing axe care and history and our premium Boreal Axe Sheath, hand-built from harness leather, complete with hand-pound harness rivets and a solid brass snap for a durable, secure fit to protect your edge, the things you carry it in, and yourself!

The small form factor of the Hudson Bay Northwoods Hatchet allows better portability in a pack like our Isle Royale Jr. or Mini or in a compact canoe camp kit. It offers a 1.25lb head of US Premium 5160 Steel to make for a great tool for cleaning limbs, splitting small wood, and general camp tasks for when a larger axe is unnecessary, or the weight is more than you’d like to carry.

The folks at Council Tool have been building tools in the USA to get the job done since 1886. Like our Wood Craft axes, this Hudson Bay Hatchet is built right, 100% in the USA and offers a winning combination of portability and usability. 130 years of American axe crafting experience go into the all the tools they build. These are sharp right out of the box, made of US premium 5160 steel and US premium Hickory handles and pair great with one of our Sharpening Pucks for general upkeep and field sharpening.

Relative to other patterns, the Hudson Bay has a very short eye length. This reduces the contact area between the head and handle, which can lead to looseness. Using Council’s new and innovative design, they pierce the eye with a special punch forming ribs horizontally and vertically inside the eye. This creates more contact area and bite between the head to handle joint. The result? A stronger and more durable tool.

Lifetime warranty from Council Tool on the steel axe heads.

All are branded with Frost River logo on the premium hickory handle.

Ships with a Frost River handmade harness leather sheath.

Keep the Hudson Bay Northwoods Hatchet, and other edged tools, sharp with our Arctic Fox Sharpening Puck, and haul it with our Buckskin Drawstring Pouch or Canvas Belt Pouch, all made in the USA.

Utility with just the right heft, an elegant tool.

Note: When sheathing your Northwoods Hatchet, place it heel (bottom corner) first into the sheath, and seat the heel, before sliding the toe (top corner) of the axe into the sheath. Secure using the brass snap. Reverse to remove, and always be sure to keep fingers clear of the edge.

  • A sharp axe is a safe axe as it is less likely to glance out of the cut. Be assured that this axe has been sharpened by the skilled craftsmen at Council Tool and is ready to use.
  • All components are MADE IN USA.
  • Head will last a lifetime, guaranteed.
  • Forged from 5160 grade alloy steel. The “Council” makers mark is displayed on one side of the head, and the other is proudly marked “USA”.
  • Bit is heat treated and quenched approximately 1″ inch from the cutting edge, then tempered for maximum edge holding and toughness. Final hardness Rc 52-56.
  • Handle is made of grade “A” American hickory and its traditional pattern embodies the heirloom quality of axes from times gone by.
  • Forged axe head is hung in a traditional manner using a softwood wedge along with a steel wedge for added security.
  • Axe head is coated with light oil to prevent rusting and to showcase the exceptional Council Tool craftsmanship. A Linseed oil coating is applied to protect the handle.


Shipping Policy

We’ll get it built and get it there.


Your order will be processed immediately upon receipt. As a manufacturer that prides itself on the handcrafted nature of our products, please understand that it may take a few days for your order to be built up. Orders with items that are in stock will ship out right away on the next business day, and if a production build has to be launched for your order, it may take up to 5 business days to get things ready. You will receive a confirmation email from us once your order is entered into our production system, and you will receive an email from your shipping provider once your package leaves our building.


If you need expedited shipping it is a good idea to give us a call to find out if the item is available for immediate shipping. You can reach us at 218.727.1472 or 800.FROST84. If your order is placed after 3pm CST, it will not be processed until the next day.


Shipping timeframe for international shipping will be dependent on the chosen carrier. We do not have control over any Duties / Tariff’s and said costs will be the customers responsibility.


Every day that our carriers are open, we can ship packages. Weekend and Holiday orders will be sent the first available shipping business day.


Head over to our Shipping Policies page to see service area maps for FedEx, UPS, and USPS.


Monday December 26th 

The diligent folks that deliver our packages through UPS, FedEx and USPS will be taking a much-deserved day off. No deliveries or pick-ups today. Thanks for all your help!

Please note that while we will make every effort to get your package on its way to you, once it leaves our shipping department with your carrier of choice, shipping guarantees or lack thereof are all handled by the carrier. Please check their individual terms or give us a call if you have any questions.

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