First off here's the specs on each
Council FSS Boy's axe
Husqvarna Forest axe
Head Weight: 1.75lb
So you can tell already who should win this but in the hand they feel very close in weight. I honestly can't tell them apart holding them by the end of the handle. The reason for that I think is how much thicker and dense the Husqvarna handle is compared to the Council's. You'll see what I mean later. I wish I had a digital scale to measure the total weight, I will update this if I can get a hold of one. Here's the head and edge comparison shot, Council edge is just about 4 inches, the Husqvarna is about 3.5 inches (Council left, Husqy right)
Profile shot. Both are good designs. Length they are pretty much dead even. Husqy is slightly thinner profiled. (Husqy left, Council right)
While both handles are comfortable, the Council handle is just flat out better. It's much thinner and has a classic shape and feel to it. The Husqvarna handle is the same as the Gransfors Bruks handles. You can see how much thicker throughout the handle the Husqvarna is compared to the Council. This is where I believe a lot of extra weight is coming from on the Husqvarna. (Council left, Husqvarna right)
Here's another look at the end of the Council handle from the top
Here was the quick chopping test I did. 15 swings each on some hardwood. (Council left, Husqvarna right)
Obviously the Council FSS Boys Axe blew away the Husqvarna Forest axe here. The picture doesn't really show how much deeper into the wood the Council is vs. the Husqy. I honestly thought the Husqy would bite as deep due to the thinner profile, but the Council was clearly biting deeper and throwing bigger chips. Both were sharp enough to shave paper when I started. Council is clearly the winner, as expected.
Well I think the head weights on these axes is deceiving to their total weights. The Council is definitely going to be the 3/4 axe I carry form now on. That performance advantage is more than worth a couple extra ounces in my opinion, if the weight difference is even that much.
I decided to get a little more feel for the Council. I would have liked to do more but I was squeezing this in on a time constraint. I found a dead standing oak tree around 4" diameter. It took 5 swings to get through, 3 on one side, two on the other
I was pretty impressed with the curls I was able to make, even after the chopping test. Omaha knife really did a nice job sharpening this axe
Well this axe is exactly what I was hoping it would be. It's going to be quite the bush axe. Look to see it more in my outings post.
Here's the sheath I made for it, not the best looking but it'll do the job fine
Thanks for looking