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Council Tool 3.5 Lbs. Double Bit Classic Michigan Axe With 36 Straight Hick
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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.
After very minor work you have a wonderful tool
Great axe for the money. The head finish is rough and does not come sharp, but come on people very few axes come sharp. We real axe users prefer to grind our own. My handle came hung nicely and good grain orientation. I would give five stars if it was seated with hard wood wedge rather than this alloy one. Once I received the axe I sanded down the rough grinding marks on the head and polished it. than ground a step grind on one side for splitting and a shallow grind on the other for cutting. Holds a edge great and you can shave with it. For 60 bucks you get a American axe shaped chunk of steel hung on a american hickory stick. after some fine tuning and a hour worth of work you have a mighty axe. I appreciate what Council is trying to do hear bring a quality almost there American made axe to the consumer for a reasonable price
Skinny tree limbs and twigs chopper
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.
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 …
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.
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.