3.5 lbs. Jersey Axe w/ 36 in. Curved Handle Sport Utility Finish

SKU: SU35J36C

MSRP $64.31

(2 customer reviews)

3.5 lbs. Jersey pattern single bit axe with a 36 in. curved handle.

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3.5 lbs. Jersey pattern single bit axe with a 36 in. curved handle. Sometimes referred to as a “Baltimore Jersey” pattern, this shape features lugs or ears which increase the surface contact area with the handle. The geographic origins are self explanatory. The earlier Kentucky and North Carolina patterns were somewhat similar. A full sized felling axe for general axe chores. Cutting edge is approximately 5” in. overall length and the poll is square.

  • Forged tool steel head. Made in USA.
  • Hand sharpened, tapered bit for cutting and splitting.
  • 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. The poll and eye walls are not hardened and remain in the as forged condition.
  • Head coated with boiled Linseed Oil over the as forged finish.
  • 36 in. curved American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening.  Hafted high and proud.
  • Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured with a traditional double wedge system.
  • The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/4 in. of overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.

Prop 65 Warning: This product contains Nickel (metallic), a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov.

  1. Seth Leonard

    The Council Jersey Axe (sport utility finish) is possibly the most well-rounded, usable and practical felling axe that can be had in America today.

    Compared to the imported hardware store units I’ve used in the past, this piece of Council hardware is perfectly balanced. The handle profile makes for superb ergonomics and accurate, consistent strokes. The grain is straight–in fact, every axe on the rack had perfect grain and hanging.

    As far as the 3.5 lb head, the axe feels extremely light to carry and to swing. It was ground perfectly, and I’ve only touched it up with a Lansky puck once after maybe a dozen logs felled and bucked. Seems to hold an edge really well and doesn’t develop any nicks or chips with normal use. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t have the necessary heft to power through wood. After a few hours of working with it, I can confidently say that balance and sharpness are far more important. I’m a pretty average guy at 165 lbs and I can get more done with this axe with less fatigue. The lighter weight is even more welcome for felling strokes–more control and more accurate targeting save your back and hands.

    And let’s be real: this is a handmade-in-USA axe sold at $40 alongside imported axes with zero quality control for $30. For ten more dollars you get an axe that you might keep for decades, one that you’ll enjoy and be proud to pull out on a campsite, trail clearing job or just to break a sweat in your back woods.

    The Velvicut models may be superior in looks and performance, but with the Jersey Axe you won’t feel like you need to baby it. It has the right price point, the right features and the right construction to perform like a high quality and trustworthy tool for any woodsman or enthusiast.

    10/10 would buy again (but I need the hookeroon next)

  2. RH Yelton

    Wow.
    After cutting down a few trees on my property, I am a believer in American steel and hickory. Incredibly sharp and an excellent tool. The 3.5 lb Jersey with 36″ hickory handle is my new go to axe. I purchased the mask and I’m glad I did because the blade is sharp enough to be dangerous left uncovered. I also picked up the Council sharpening puck. The whole setup is in a class by itself at this price or even 3 times the price.

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