Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Several times I've mentioned that I prefer the boys axe pattern over the Hudson Bay pattern because of its deeper eye, hence stronger connection to the haft. I've meant to elaborate on this several times and just never got around to it. I'm still just coming to understand this and I would appreciate any thoughts and input you guys have on the matter. The short eye becomes an issue when the axe gets stuck in the wood and you pry it out. At this time the haft is acting as a lever with the fulcrum at the bottom of the eye on the poll side and the load at the top of the eye on the bit side. See image below. When you pry up on the handle there are forces at work in the eye. Crush force is applied to the wood of the haft in these locations. The crush force isn't actually at a precise point but is spread about the general areas indicated, strongest where the wood has best contact with the eye. The law of the lever is that the closer the fulcrum is to the load the greater the force. In an axe eye, the shorter the eye, the closer the fulcrum is to the load, hence the greater the crush force is on the wood. This is something that works slowly over time, weakening the wood and loosening the handle. Compare the HB eye above with the Jersey pattern below. Notice the greater distance between the fulcrum and the load. This results in less crush force applied to the wood and a more durable connection. The advantage of the Hudson Bay is that the short eye allows you to choke up right behind the bit and gain better control for wood carving and bushcraft work. But for heavier work like chopping or splitting the short eye becomes a hindrance. What do you guys think about this?