5 lbs. SB Splitting Axe; 36 in. Straight Wooden Handle


MSRP $81.20

(6 customer reviews)

5  lbs. Single bit splitting axe with a 36 in. straight wooden handle.

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5 lbs. single bit splitting axe with a 36 in. straight wooden handle.

  • Forged tool steel head. Made in USA.
  • Larger poll, balanced head, and wedge shaped blade.
  • 5 lbs. head weight.
  •  4 ¾” Bit length from toe-to-heel.
  •  7 3/8” Overall head length from bit-to-poll.
  • Wedge-shaped blade, with a high centerline, to help keep it from sticking while splitting.
  • 25 deg. Convex bevels/bit
  • 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 to deter rust with Sport Utility forged finish.
  • 36 in. straight American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening.  Approximately 1/2 in. of overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.
  • Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle, hung proud with a traditional wood and steel wedge.
  • Doubles as a faller’s axe, with chamfered poll corners and radius corners all around the outer poll face, so that it does not cause excessive damage while driving HDPE plastic felling wedges.

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. Carl Reape

    The Carolina Bullet!
    This is the axe I’ve been waiting for. What a joy to operate, slim handle, perfect length, weight and profile. It will come to you rough as a cob, I just dressed up the edge with a belt sander, and it’s ready to smash the wood.
    Out preforms X27 with ease!

  2. Trevor

    Council Tool axe quality has been improving with each update. The 5lb splitter is no exception and is a great value. The updated 36” straight handle design on this axe is very nice especially for an axe in this price range. The axe performs excellent as a splitter leaving little more to ask for. I prefer splitting with an axe and finally found a great splitting axe. I use this axe before going to my more expensive made in Sweden maul. A great axe and an excellent value.

  3. Theodore Wood

    The 5lb Council tool splitting ax has a good poll to balance the ax. If you do “the flick” this is your huckleberry. A low to moderate convex or “high centerline” grows as it goes from the bit to the eye. Nice to see. It’s hung proud, well done. While I am not a fan of secondary or tertiary wedges the barrel wedge is the right choice for a proud hang. If you have to use a wedge. It is putting pressure in every direction at the top of the inside of the eye, as well as the proud portion reinforcing the “lock”. The wax used to preserve the handle in storage and shipping comes right off with a few swipes of sandpaper. The handle is of good quality wood and if you like straight handles, it is one. You have to nitpick or be making observations of personal preferences to find fault, and because of that five stars.
    Personally I feel they should grind these on a free belt. Giving the edge a convex. As it’s a splitting ax you want to spend as much energy as you can separating the wood as quickly as you can. Outside that I would have loved the option of a 36″ thin curved handle.
    It’s a good splitting ax. I recommend it.

  4. Ian Kocher

    So far this axe has been fantastic. It’ll likely replace my Husqvarna axe as my felling axe but as a splitter it’s been great so far.

  5. Micah Roberts

    5lb Strait Handel Splitting Axe.
    Would have given it a 5 if I’d reviewed it before today. I’ve owned it for 3 months and used it infrequently. It’s performed exceptionally well! Especially with the harder Red and White Oak out here in Arkansas. I hardly ever have to hit a piece more then once.
    But out of the blue my handel split… I treated it with Boiled Linseed oil and kept in out of the weather. I know you sometimes get a bad handle… And I’ll certainly be getting more Council Tool products. But I’m disappointed I have to replace it so soon.

  6. Paul Cox

    Got this for Christmas as a companion to my splitting maul. This axe came nice and sharp. The handle grain is clear and correctly oriented. The wax finish on the handle is nicer than other companies lacquer finishes. This splits up red oak like butter and if it weren’t for some of my large notty pieces it could completely replace my maul. Thank you for American made tools at affordable prices. 🇺🇸

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