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Council Axes

Council tool axes are made with care and great craftsmanship in the U.S.A., as they have been since 1886. These are great faller's axes and ideal for pounding in wedges to induce lean.

All Council axe heads are drop forged from high quality tool steel. The forging is then processed in an abrasive robotic work cell where the trim lines are removed, the shape refined and the cutting edges are ground, which yields highly consistent heads. Cutting edges are then heat treated and tempered. ANSI Standards call for bit hardness of Rc 45-60, at least 1/2 inch back from the cutting edge. Council Tool internal standards call for tempered bit hardness of Rc 48-55 and we target 1-1/4 inches from the cutting edge. The poll and eye walls are not hardened and remain in the as forged condition. The final sharpening of the cutting edge is by hand using fine grit abrasives. Care is taken to not affect the tempered hardness of the bit. Heads are either painted or lacquered to deter rust and all polished surfaces are lacquered or oiled.

American hickory handles are dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening. Handles are affixed to the heads using an extruded aluminum wedge which locks the head in a mechanical bond.

3.5 lb Wedge Hatchet

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This shortened axe is absolutely awesome for pounding wedges with the back side, or making quick work of branches in close quarters.

3.5# Dayton pattern single bit axe with 20” straight handle. Known as a miner’s axe, the short handle is used for close quarters work. Cutting edge is approximately 4.75” of overall length and the poll is square.3.5# Dayton pattern single bit axe with 20” straight handle. Known as a miner’s axe, the short handle is used for close quarters work. Cutting edge is approximately 4.75” of overall length and the poll is square.

Council 3.75 lb Pulaski

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3.75# Pulaski axe with 36" hickory handle. Thought to have been developed in the early 1900's by Edward Pulaski, a legendary Forest Service Ranger in Idaho. It is said that in August, 1910 his presence saved the lives of 45 men during a difficult time in a large fire. A traditional style bit axe blade on one end and a mattock blade for digging or grubbing on the other end. Used in a variety of settings including forestry and general landscaping. Forged steel head. Made in USA.

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