A Best Felling Axe Pick – Council Jersey Axe

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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.

My experience

One person found this helpful.
 on June 12, 2017
By Marc D
It was very much what I expected. That being said I am satisfied with the product. The handle could have been a bit better, and the head was very rough. But a little time with the Sander took care of that

Deep Penetration

One person found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2016
By Andrew J. Ferrell
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.

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.

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

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 1, 2015
By C.R.H.
American made, high quality tool. get one.

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.

Great tool for the money

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 20, 2015
By Larry
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.

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.

Good axe easily made into a Great axe.

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