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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.

5Faller's Axe

5 lb Faller's Axe


5 lb. Dayton pattern single bit axe with a 36” straight wooden handle. Dayton pattern so named for the Dayton, Ohio area. A full-sized felling axe for general axe chores. Cutting edge is approximately 4.75” of overall length and the poll is square for pounding wedges. Hand sharpened, tapered bit for cutting and splitting. The back side of the head is flat - making this 5 lb. axe head perfect for pounding wedges. Made in the U.S.A.

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3.5 lb Wedge Hatchet

3.5 lb Wedge Hatchet


This hatchet is really the same axe as the 5 lb faller’s axe above, but with a lighter 3.5 lb head and a 20” handle. This shorted size makes it absolutely awesome for pounding wedges with the back side, or making quick work of branches in close quarters.

Velvicut Axe

Velvicut Premium American Faller's Axe


The Velvicut is a premium, American-made Faller's axe by Council Tool. This beautiful working axe has a 4 pound 5160 Steel Alloy head on a 35.375" curved, hickory handle. The edge is heat-treated and tempered, and you'll be impressed with every detail of manufacturing. Leather axe-bit cover included.

Council 3.75 lb Pulaski


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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