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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.
Good but needs a tune up
Not too bad considering the price. If you have a knowledge of how to tune an axe up, it is a pretty good buy.
I have been using this for several days to cut through some elm logs that are too long. I don’t have a saw or chainsaw. After sharpening the blade this thing cuts deep and efficiently. That’s important because I’ve always been a fan of deep penetration. A high carbon steel axe made in the USA for $50 deserves 5 stars. Not sharp enough out of the box? Sharpen it.
Beautiful Axe needed a little bit of sharpening but now …
Beautiful Axe needed a little bit of sharpening but now sharp with little effort.great feel just the right weight ratio.
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.
Great companion in the woods
Let me say, first off, that everything about the Council Tool Jersey Axe I purchased is a truly functional and steadfast tool. This isn’t simply a Mexican-cast hardware store notion of what an axe is, it’s a tool in every sense of the word. That being said, it doesn’t cost much surprisingly enough, so we can follow this bouncing ball to find out where the costs are cut….the fit and finish is sorely lacking. Now, for many this might be a bad thing, but if you’re purchasing an axe to begin with, you probably don’t mind taking a little elbow grease and making it a nice thing to look at. It is made of Carbon steel in the USA mind you. I took a grinder, flapwheel etc. to make the cheek recesses more pronounced, sanded the handle and sealed it, and profiled the bit to make this tool a formidable weapon against wood fibers. So, out of the box, a little touch-up on the bit and you’re ready to make chips and chunks….but if you have deep respect for the tool, I recommend spending a couple of hours and tuning it up.
Handle was unfinished and blade was not sharp. Added some boiled linseed oil and spent a little time sharpening and oiling. Cuts like butter
Came dull out of the box but a few hours with …
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.
Great tool for the money
Great tool!!! Some of us still use these for more than a decoration and finding a good axe is not easy anymore. Council uses 1060 high carbon steel and heat treats it right. After cleaning up the edge with a file and a couple of different stones it was shaving sharp and stayed that way. The handle is absolutely beautiful. It was raw with no finish but it was a handle you would have gotten 80 years ago. Thin and light. The head isn’t really polished it is just ground and left in the white. It polishes nicely pretty easily with minimal work. The handle is secured with an aluminum wedge that has loosened on mine after hours of hard use, but tightens back up very easily. This tool is very accurate in swinging and very large chips fly well clear of the cut. This tool is well worth the price as it performs very effectively.
Diamond in the rough
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.