Frost River Wood Craft Axes are made to be used by our friends at Council Tool. Commonly called their Wood-Craft Pack Axes, when these get Henry the Frost River Caribou on the handle and are fixed with the Frost River Bridle Axe Sheath, they become the Frost River Wood Craft Axe.


We offer two lengths of handle, both with the same 2lb head. Ships with the proud Frost River laser engraving on the handle, a handy manual from Council Tool detailing axe care and history and our premium Boreal Axe Sheath, hand-built from harness leather, complete with hand-pound harness rivets and solid brass snap for a durable, secure fit to protect your edge, the things you carry it in, and yourself! Though they would do well displayed above a mantle, these are not wispy wall hangers, they’re rugged, robust, and built to last.

Features & Specifications

- Materials: US Premium 5160 steel, US Hickory handle, premium bridle leather sheath with solid Brass hand-pounded rivets.

- Forged from 5160 grade alloy steel. The “Council” makers mark is displayed on one side of the head, and the other is proudly marked “USA”.

- Bit is heat treated and quenched approximately 1 inch from the cutting edge, then tempered for maximum edge holding and toughness. Final hardness Rc 52-56.

- Handle is made of grade “A” American hickory and its traditional pattern embodies the heirloom quality of axes from times gone by.

- Forged axe head is hung in a traditional manner using a softwood wedge along with a steel wedge for added security.

- Axe head is coated with light oil to prevent rusting and to showcase the exceptional Council Tool craftsmanship. A Linseed oil coating is applied to protect the handle.


DIMENSIONS: 19in Total Length

WEIGHT: 2.80 lb


When you invest in a Frost River made-in-the USA item, you’re not just getting gear that’s handcrafted and locally-made, you’re getting a piece made with intent. 
  • Lifetime Guarantee and robust repair program to keep your Frost River gear going for years to come.
  • Premium Materials sourced from businesses that have sustainability in mind.
  • Solar-Powered Manufacturing facility allowing us to craft Frost River goods with clean, renewable energy.
  • Investments in Technology that ensure the highest yield of our materials is consumed.
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The 19” handle allows portability in a pack like our Isle Royale Jr. or Mini or in a compact canoe camp kit. The folks at Council Tool have been building tools in the USA to get the job done since 1886. These axes are built right, 100% in the USA and offer a winning combination of portability and usability. 130 years of American axe crafting experience go into the Wood Craft line. These are sharp right out of the box, made of US premium 5160 steel and US premium Hickory handles. All are branded with Frost River logo on the premium hickory handle. Ships with a Frost River handmade harness leather sheath. Keep the Wood Craft Axe, and other edged tools, sharp with our Arctic Fox Sharpening Puck, or haul your own puck with our Buckskin Drawstring Pouch or Canvas Belt Pouch, all made in the USA. Utility with just the right heft, an elegant tool - See the axe in action here. Note: When sheathing your Wood Craft Axe, place it heel (bottom corner) first into the sheath, and seat the heel, before sliding the toe (top corner) of the axe into the sheath. Secure using the brass snap.


DIMENSIONS: 19in Total Length

WEIGHT: 2.80 lb



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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Thomas Skaggs
Just as expected!

Great service, quality and selection.
Bravo Frost River. Thank you.

Clayton Burrell
Woodcraft Axe Review

What can I say other than wow. This axe is definitely a workhorse and will hold up to Gransfors Bruks and is made in the USA too. Frost River has fantastic and trustworthy products that I've been using for years. It only made sense that Council Tool and Frost River joined forces. I mean let's face it, Iron sharpens iron! And having two of the biggest names in American quality is a win win for everybody. When I think of a great American made axe, I think Council Tool! When I think of great canvas soft goods made here in America, I think Frost River!

edward seibel

Thank you, ed

Joe P
Excellent quality!

Axe came razor sharp out of the box. The hickory handle is excellent as well as the craftsmanship of the axe head and leather sheath which is made of thick leather. Best of all, it's Made in USA.

Sharp and quality made

Came nice and sharp, the handle feels good in the hand, worth the money. Council tools makes pretty good stuff