About Council Tool

It all began with one person… John Pickett Council—farmer, avid outdoorsman, and tool inventor. In 1886, he founded the business that today still bears his family’s name.

In the 1930’s, the Forestry Service approached Council Tool about manufacturing tools to fight forest fires. That led to the development of the fire rake. Known throughout the industry as the Council Rake, the product is still offered in our current line. We are proud to continue supplying tools to the US Forestry Service and firefighters around the world.

Today, Council Tool offers the country’s premier line of heavy-duty, American-made tools for forestry applications and for fighting wildfires. We also serve industries ranging from law enforcement to landscaping, even axe throwing — any industry, profession, or passion that requires heavy-duty hand tools.

Times have changed. Manufacturing methods have changed. And equipment has been modernized. But some things have remained constant. Namely, Council Tool’s dedication to making premium-, precision-, and professional-grade tools for people to use, work with, and enjoy.

A Family Since 1886

Council Tool is still a family-owned and family-managed business, led by the fourth and fifth generation of the Council family. The company’s majority stockholders are in the office and on the plant floor every day.

The employees at Council Tool are hard-working Americans who take great pride in our company and the quality for which it stands. Council Tool employees cumulatively have over 600 years of tool-making expertise.

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In God We Trust