Council Tool - 5 lbs Splitting Axe

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  • $70.00
  • Regular price $76.00

5# Single bit Splitting axe with 36″ or 28" straight handle. This thing is a laser beam through firewood rounds.  When turning large chunks of wood into smaller chunks of wood is the task at hand... this is the one you want!    The cutting edge is approximately 4.5″ of overall length. 


This axe comes in both 36" and 28" handle lengths. Choose which length you'd like when you go to checkout.


The 28" Handle makes a GREAT Fallers Axe!


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  • Forged 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″ straight 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 wooden wedge.
  • The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/2″ of the overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.

** This is a standard axe so grain orientation is not guaranteed. **


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Customer Reviews

Based on 90 reviews
Kevin Moore
36", CT, 5-"POUNDER".

It's not an "axe", it's not a "splitter", too big for a banger, so what is it man!?
A lil of the 3.

Pros: it's does split wood- IF, it's nice and straight, dry, no knots. Splits almost as good as my vintage #4 PLUMB double in clean rounds.

Cons: handle- I have small hands, and the handle is too thin for a heavy wobbler. But it'll do and just takes a few to get used too. It's flexy and vibrates. Again- get used to it. It's coated with cow snot, or something slick. 80 grit and beez wax the stick BEFORE you go out. Trust me. Profile is too long/thin for a splitter. It gets stuck a lot. (beez wax is your friend- again)
Fit-n-Finish: I gota Monday Morning axe. The proud reveal was beat to a pulp and flaking, metal ring wedge all over- so pfft, I used it, after 10 strokes chips were coming out of the reveal on the top eye. Proly wont hurt nothing but, sure ruined that nice touch and makes a new axe look crappy. We'll see. After 300 strokes, it's still tight, even after the wind moved my set and I over-stroked it, hard (real hard), lil chip on the neck, it's still tight (phew). GTG. (sorry new axe, my bad- yeesh! idiot- brand new axe) Poll was not flat, just ground all over the place and it won't rest on the poll. Edge was not sharp and very coarse- like #40 belt or something. Handle grain/hang was straight! Too bad they beat the reveal into paste. Stickers came off no sweat- man I like that. I hate paper stickers. Made prepping the handle SO much easier. Posed to be Made in USA, right? Did they say WHO was making these? CT needs a big wake up call and kick in the arse or stop using Made in USA as a tag line. No really. They will geta call Monday. A hot one.

Expert opinion: not terrible (or great). 3.5 Stars.
Clean rounds: my vintage Plumb Double Bits smoke it, cuz they are light and have that profile, balance etc. I am small and can swing them all day like golf clubs and make big stacks.
I judge the cutting world by those DB'
Light snot: It's marginally better than my DB's when it gets a lil snotty.
More burly: Definitely better when it's really snotty- esp if you O/H chop straight- not wobbly or figure 8, use yer legs to drop-in, but yer gona have to wax it a lot (it's sticks hard) and circle-jerk yer cuts if there's knots in yer rounds. Yer not going through big triples or super stringy gooey stuff- it's still just too much of an axe for "splitting" real stuff. It's just that simple.
Burly stuff: Just use a good, balance #6 maul, so easy to swing and just obliterates the Gnar.

She's also too big for a banger, but, with a lil stick ya could do it if you are a lot bigger than me.

Whada I think? No, it's not a lazer or a light saber is real rounds. But it holds it own.
I think it's an OK tweener between my DB's and my OG #6 "All-Trade", glass handle, **** Steel maul ("Chop-Zilla") for splitting.

I wouldn't use it for falling or chopping all day, but I guess you could if you don't have a real axe and you like a strong back. That's not a chop, it's the truth. No one axe does it all.

And so there ya go- it actually does a bit of it all! And if you get a good one? Mores the better. So why not? Having all the same axes is BORING. And you can have fun at the camp site splitting clean stuff like a Pro Bunyan with your buddies by the fire, flexing yer muscles and impressing the LADIES.....oooo yeeeeeh. Uh-huh....there ya go....
And you thought this was gona be a downer.
Comon now- giver!


Long term: gona shorten the bit, re-profile, stress relieve, normalize, re-quench, shot peen and turn it into a fake "wood-bullet" sorta thing, real handle. Then it'll be wicked fun!
I think I'll call it- "MONGO".

Have fun!

Nice head, terrible handle

Quality axe head but this along with the flying fox I bought here both had terrible grain on the handles. The splitter had the worst orientation I have seen. Both handles cracked within a few uses. If you want a decent handle buy elsewhere

Wei Own
A handsome battle axe of a work axe!

Bought the 36 incher last autumn to suppliment my splitting axes/mauls lineup... and to support a 'Made in the USA' company.

The axe arrived while I was splitting in the backyard and I just had to put it right into a few swings. After checking out the nicely finished axe head and well oriented, clear handle, the rounds went 'CRACK! CRACK! CRACK!'.... I was fully impressed to say the least!

So impressed that I had to get my hands on the 28 incher to boot!

The 36 incher for larger logs and the 28 incher is easier to control for the smaller stuff.... The 28 incher arrived in just as impressive qulity as the 36 incher did.... A little sanding of the handle before some boiled linseed oil, a slight check on the edge, and off we go for more whistling while we work!

Whiskey River is great merchant in my book!.... Great service, communications, and is focused on good ol' Made in USA products!

Don Miller
1 year review

Great axe it is my go too for any heavy duty wood chopping that needs to be done

Michael Normandy III
#5 Splitter/Feller. Great tool! Amazing Axe!

This is my first CT purchase after many many failed Amazon attempts to get the (which I now know it as the old style) 28” Hudson Bay pattern (I rec’d two wrong orders and just gave up) then heard UrbanLumberjack mention WR, checked out the YT, then the web page and saw the 5lb splitter available (and for much cheaper than it is online) and also available with both the ~30” and 28” handles - as I needed another splitting axe and got very sick of using 6+ lb mauls!

This thing is awesome! Handle came perfect. No issues. Just BLO as usually for me. The bit needed some work. I have seen it only as advertised (about 3/4” of grind) the one I rec’d barely had 1/16” grind, regardless - out the box, it hammered those rounds! Love it! Love swinging it, love that it splits like a mail but feels like a felling axe! Just needed to do some work to the bit, but it’s still 5/5 for me! Thanks Brandon and WR!

Def looking forward to my next whiskey River….not sure what yet, but I wish the old style Hudson Bay was still available :/. I really like the thick stubby pole! Cheers!