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Council Jersey Axe

Are you a lumberjack, bushcrafter or an outdoor enthusiast in search of a tree to fell?  If so, you’ll want a best felling axe for trees.  A good choice to bring to the forest is Council Tools Jersey Axe.  This robust axe is a wood chopper’s friend delivering deep cuts with each swing.  Council Tools features a 3.5 lbs. Jersey pattern single bit axe has phantom bevels and a 36″ curved handle. Council Jersey American Made Axes shape features lugs or ears that increase the surface contact area with the handle.  Phantom bevels or hallows are designed to reduce sticking and burst wood chips. The forged tool steel Jersey Axe Head is hand sharpened with a tapered bit for cutting and splitting.  All these features make the Council Tools Jersey Axe a really nice utility axe at a great price and a best felling axe choice.

Jersey Axe Pattern

Also known as a “Baltimore Jersey” pattern, this shape features lugs or ears that increase the surface contact area with the handle. The geographic origins are self explanatory. The earlier Kentucky and North Carolina patterns were somewhat similar.  Cutting edge is approximately 5” in overall length and the poll is square.

All of Council Tools 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 ½ inch back from the cutting edge.

Council Tool Axe Manufacturers internal standards call for tempered bit hardness of Rc 48-55 targeting 1-1/4″ 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. Council Jersey Axe 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.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful Axe needed a little bit of sharpening but now …

One person found this helpful.
 on June 7, 2017
By Vicente White Jr.
Beautiful Axe needed a little bit of sharpening but now sharp with little effort.great feel just the right weight ratio.

Good axe

 on December 28, 2017
By mitsaru
Feels great in the hands, and swings well. I know it is not a splitter, but it splits well too. Easy to sharpen. Made in America.

Came dull out of the box but a few hours with …

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 9, 2015
By Adam druecke
Came dull out of the box but a few hours with a file and sharpening stone and You could shave with it. Put a coating of boiled linseed oil on the handle and it was ready to go.

Diamond in the rough

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2014
By C Mikles
As seen with other reviews, the axe is of good quality but the finish is rough. If you are looking for an axe you can take out of the box and swing at a tree, this is not it. However, if you want an axe that you can put an edge on and finish the handle, this is it! The material quality is there. The head seems to have a properly hardened in the bit. The haft has a few small nicks in it, but the head alignment is good. I could see no cant when looking down the shaft. I took one star off for the grain alignment. It is about 70-80 degrees off of parallel with the cutting edge. I’m guessing the grain alignment is a mixed bag, so other buyers may get a better haft. The axe is a diamond in the rough. It may not look like much, but with a little work it will be an excellent axe for heavier work in your arsenal. Would recommend.

Sorry Ents. This doesn’t glow when orcs are near, but it made a gleam in my eye when I unboxed it.

One person found this helpful.
 on July 12, 2016
By Andy Craig
Awesome in every way. Love it!

Five Stars

 on February 18, 2017
By t-mop
Good tool

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on October 14, 2015
By Kyle Ahrens
Great quality product. Axe stays sharp for a long time. Very sturdy.

axe feels very good in your hands

One person found this helpful.
 on August 28, 2015
By Justin
axe feels very good in your hands, good weight to it and holds an edge well. wood grain was well oriented on my axe.

Five Stars

 on October 29, 2017
By Bernardo Martinez
Good product

Good axe easily made into a Great axe.

31 people found this helpful.
 on October 2, 2013
By JMA
It’s important to be clear on what this axe is and what it isn’t.