Council tool Woodcraft pack axe

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Council tool Woodcraft pack axe

Post by NeckRed Gringo » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:01 pm

Alright, I bit the bullet and saved up for this council axe. Everyone I spoke to loved it. I have no put it through the paces yet, and to be honest I'm a little scared to. This is one of the nicest and well built tools I have shelled out for. You guys ever saved up for a working tool and felt hesitant to work it to the limits?

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Post by BigJesse » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:47 pm


NeckRed Gringo wrote:You guys ever saved up for a working tool and felt hesitant to work it to the limits?

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Yes and no. I've definitely had that "too nice to use" emotion but I power through it.
When I bought my Frost River pack I didn't want to get it dirty or anything, so what did I do? Immediately dropped the resale value by hand sewing a TXBC patch on it. LOL

Think of it like pulling a bandaid off. Do it quickly and don't give it much thought.

I suggest doing something to it to make it YOURS. That'll help separate it from the price tag hopefully.
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Post by NeckRed Gringo » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:03 pm

Very true Jesse, thanks for the advice. What do you think about the woodsman ruler being burned into the back? Would it hurt the integrity of the handle?

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Post by BigJesse » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:07 pm


NeckRed Gringo wrote:Very true Jesse, thanks for the advice. What do you think about the woodsman ruler being burned into the back? Would it hurt the integrity of the handle?
Not at all. I had it on my well abused hatchet for years. Just recently re-hafted a new handle on it after the old one started slipping.
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Re: Council tool Woodcraft pack axe

Post by AdamsSeth » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:06 pm

Not me.. I buy em to use em.. and I go to work as soon as I get my hands on em.. I do take care of them, clean them and oil them regularly, all new hickory handles get scraped down with 90° spine of knife, to get the factory varnish off and get it back to bare wood, then fine sandpaper and then oil with BLO (boiled linseed oil) especially around the head, repeat oiling in a week, and then once again in another week.. then maintain every 2-3 months with oil..
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Post by Squirrel_Master » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:11 am

I just bought the Council Tool 24" Woodcraft myself. When I got it, i couldnt believe how sharp it was. Like, sharper than my mora knife. it is indeed a nice axe, but it is my first axe, so I have nothing to compare it too. I bought a special leather collar for it, and a leather sling for that collar so I can shoulder carry the axe. I will be using it at Pathfinder Intermediate in April.
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Re: Council tool Woodcraft pack axe

Post by joseph_d » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:27 pm

BigJesse wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:47 pm
NeckRed Gringo wrote:You guys ever saved up for a working tool and felt hesitant to work it to the limits?

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Yes and no. I've definitely had that "too nice to use" emotion but I power through it.
When I bought my Frost River pack I didn't want to get it dirty or anything, so what did I do? Immediately dropped the resale value by hand sewing a TXBC patch on it. LOL

Think of it like pulling a bandaid off. Do it quickly and don't give it much thought.

I suggest doing something to it to make it YOURS. That'll help separate it from the price tag hopefully.
Glad I'm not alone!

And yes, the best solution is to start to use it, since from the first scraps, stains and such you'll start to realise that this item is truly yours, you own it and it doesn't have any extra value - as it's not an abstract axe from the store.
It's a tool. It wasn't meant to look fancy or pretty. It's an axe. You bought it, and it's best for it not to collect dust.
Council Woodcraft is a good hatchet, I must admit, but still - first of all it's "a tool typically used for chopping wood, usually a steel blade attached at a right angle to a wooden handle". :mrgreen:
And if you like it, then treat it well, so it could serve you longer.

Yes it's a simple practical vs. emotional thinking, but sometimes I find it difficult to follow this decision (especially when it comes to knives).
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