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.