Council Tool 3.5 Lbs. Double Bit Classic Michigan Axe With 36″ Straight Hickory Handle

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Council Tool Double Bit Classic Michigan Axe (3.5 lbs.) with 36″ Hickory Handle 352MC

3.5 lb. Michigan pattern double bit axe with phantom bevels and a 36″ straight handle. Phantom bevels — or hollows — are designed to reduce sticking and minimize burst wood chips. Michigan pattern originated from the state of the same name. Double bit axes were sometimes sharpened in different ways. One end was thinner and sharper and used for knot-free cutting; the other end was thicker and blunter and was used when knots were present or to cut near the ground where contact with dirt was likely.

  • Forged tool steel head. Made in USA.
  • Hand sharpened double bits for cutting and splitting, sharpened in the same manner.
  • ANSI Standards call for bit hardness of Rc 45-60, at least ½ 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.
  • Natural steel finish on head and cutting edges coated in clear lacquer to deter rust.
  • 36″ double-bit American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening.
  • Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured with a serrated aluminum wedge. The serrated shape improves bite and the aluminum choice of material is strong, lightweight and does not change size with moisture content.
  • The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/2″ of overall length of handle is removed during assembly.

Customer Reviews

Skinny tree limbs and twigs chopper

 on July 16, 2017
By meng lee
Council Tool 3 pound double bitted splitting axe came sharp. Love to use it on light tree limbs like twig and skinny tree limbs. I wrapped the whole handle with hockey tape, for better grip. I use norton abrasive axe and hatchet puck on it, to reshape the edge.

Nice ax!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 7, 2017
By Aaron rummage
Bought this ax as a gift for my bro-in-law. Received it within a week from Baileys. He really liked it and has already chopped a few trees with it. It needed to be sharpened but that was to be expected. Handle wasn’t clearly marked as hickory but it appears to be very sturdy. It’s an impressive ax that is made in America. Very impressed!

Seems nice but I noticed a burn spot on the cutting …

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 19, 2014
By bryan l sheppard
Seems nice but I noticed a burn spot on the cutting edge from grinding .. Not used yet I will update

Good value for the money.

One person found this helpful.
 on October 1, 2016
By scott g szynalik
Item arrived in perfect condition. Not a super experienced ax man but after a little sharpening, it seemed to chop decent. I’m sure there are better axes out there but this is a good tool for the money.

Great Quality!

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 28, 2015
By Justin Warshawsky
I’ve been using the axe for a few days now and have not encountered any problems at all. The axe head is really great quality and it seems just as sharp as when I first took it out of its packaging. With proper care I can see this axe lasting me a very long time. Although I’m giving the axe 5 stars I do have a minor complaint:


2 people found this helpful.
 on November 29, 2013
By Justin Levine
Came nice and sharp. Handle is sturdy and strong. I use this ax almost every day and have not been disappointed by it. For the price, I think this is a great ax.

and sharpens easily. This is a great axe at a great …

 on July 5, 2015
By Brian
This axe just spent a week at scout camp with 13 scouts completely abusing it. This axe holds an edge really well, and sharpens easily. This is a great axe at a great price.

Five Stars

 on December 14, 2016
By paul nichele
Sensational Made in USA quality. Worth every penny!

I was pretty happy with the quality of the steel

5 people found this helpful.
 on November 28, 2014
By trapper
I was pretty happy with the quality of the steel, it takes and holds a nice edge. It has some course grind marks, not any where close to sharp out of the box, but it’s made of good steel and the handle is installed properly. I sharpened it on my bench belt grinder that I use for making knives, it cleaned up nice and took a fine edge. Nice tool for the price, looks good after I took the rough off it.

So nice council axe has a superior axe head ordered Vaughn …

 on April 8, 2015
By Cheryl A. Igo
So nice council axe has a superior axe head ordered Vaughn axe first axe head on vaughn was garbage compared to the council very happy with my axe highly recommend