GRANSFORS BRUKS Axes and Hatchets

GRANSFORS BRUKS Axes and Hatchets
Back To Basics For The Real Craftsman!

Die Äxte von Gränsfors Bruks In pre-industrial times, axes were made in many small forges and smithies. A hugh variety grew up as the smith matched his skill to the use his customer wanted to put his axe to. The mass production that came with the Industrial Revolution brought a change to the shape and construction of axes. They all had to look the same, the surfaces were ground absolutely smooth and given a coat of paint - incidentally, a useful means of disguising poor quality.

The small Swedish smithy, GRÄNSFORS BRUKS, has gone back to the original principle of hand production with the aim of putting on the market a sound, longlasting product. The company has worked with the designer Hans Erik Persson and developed axes that have traditional shapes and still meet the demands of those felling trees by hand today.

The motto of GRÄNSFORS BRUKS is: "An axe is as good as the smith who made it". The forged surface, free of all disguise, is a guarantee of the smith's skill and the quality of the axe he has made.

So it follows that you should know which smith made your axe. A clever smith is proud of his handiwork. Every axe from Gränsfors Bruks is marked with the initials of its maker, and the smiths are:

US Ulrika Stridsberg
UN Ulrik Nielsson
MM Mattias Mattsson
AS Anders Strömstedt
LP Lennart Pettersson
KS Kjell-Ake Sjölund
RA Rune Andersson
DG Daniel Gräntz
BA Bert-Ove Andersson
TT Tobias Thelin

The steel is heat-treated in stoves at a temperature of 1200°C. When the right temperature has been reached - and this is clear to the smith from the red and gold colour - the glowing end is cut off and the work with anvil and swage can begin. The smith skilfully forms an axe-head from the square piece of metal. He then embosses it with the name GRÄNSFORS BRUKS and his own initials, inspects it closely and hangs it up to cool. When the cutting edge has been hammered and ground, the lower part of the axe-head is annealed - by heating it to 820°C and then quenching it rapidly in cold water. After that, the axes are tempered for 60 minutes in an oven at 195°C, to take out the stresses that arise in the forging and annealing processes. Then there is a test of the hardness. The shafter now gives the axe a handle, or helve. The prepared shaft is inserted into the eye of the axe with the aid of a hydaulic press. The axe is greased to protect it from rust.

Every axe (with few exceptions - see item description) goes out accompanied by a leather sheath for the blade and the "Book of the Axe", which contains a wealth of practical information.

To sharpen axes we recommend a Japanese Waterstone! Replacement handles you find on the bottom of this page!

Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN"
Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN"
This axe comes with the same hand forged carbon steel head as the wildlife hatchet but has a siginificant shorter handle. It is ideal for packing in a rucksack. You also can do carving with this hatchet.
Weight 700 g, Total length 24 cm (9.5 inches). Comes with leather sheath!
Order nr. 307322 In den Warenkorb
Price € 79.00
Wildlife Hatchet
Wildlife Hatchet
Wildlife Hatchet
A hatchet (short-handled axe) for trekking, easy to stow in a rucksack. The leather sheath stops the blade piercing the rucksack. This hatchet has a 36 cm handle and weighs only 0.7 kg. A reliable companion on all trips into wild country!
Order nr. 307305 cart
Price € 79.00
Splitting Hatchet
Splitting Hatchet
Smaller than the splitting axes this hatchet is made for one-handed use.
Total weight: 1.7 kg
Length: 48 cm
Order nr. 307328 cart
Price € 99.00
Splitting wedge Splitting wedge
Splitting Wedge
This hardened steel splitting wedge has a slight twist in it, to achieve faster splitting and at the same time reduce the risk of its jamming. It 23 cm long and weighs 1.5 kg.

Remember that when steel strikes steel, splinters can fly and damage your eyes - wear goggles! Protect the other parts of your body with heavy clothes! Keep other people off! Remove the burr that appears as a result of striking thoroughly with a file. Buy this tool only, if you are able to follow these rules!

If you find this wedge too dangerous, we recommend our Ox-head Aluminium wedge for safe working.
Order nr. 307311 cart
Price € 56.00
Carpenter Axe Carpenter Axe
Carpenter’s Axe
Carpenter’s axes have a long, thin blade, giving a regular surface to the cuts it makes. The head is forged with a recess that enables the hand to grip almost immediately over the blade, increasing stability and accuracy. The poll of the axe can be used as a hammer; the handle is straight. The flat blade and straight line make it superb for chopping dry wood. The carpenter's hatchet is 45 cm long and weighs 0.9 kg, Cutting edge approx. 10 cm.
Order nr. 307312 cart
Price € 91.00
Swedish Carving Axe
The scupltor's axe has a long, curved blade with a broad, straight, bevelled cutting edge to make light work of sculpting wood. Its shape is the outcome of co-operation between Wille Sundquist, sculptor in wood, and Onni Linnanheimo, designer, who were inspired by ancient hatchets of the kind. The handle is "rugged" to give a good grip.
Total weight: 1.0 kg
Length of edge: 11 cm
Length of handle: 37 cm Comes with a grain-leather sheath.

Righthander Carving Axe
bevelled on the right side - seen from the handle!
Order nr. 307314 cart
Price € 113.00

Lefthander Carving Axe
bevelled on the left side - seen from the handle!
Order nr. 307313 cart
Price € 109.00

The terms "right" and "left" mean: view from the handle to the blade!
Swedish broad axe mod. 1900 Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900 straight Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900 straight
Axehead eye straight
blade sharpened on both sides
Total weight 1.7 kg
Handle length 49 cm
total length 54 cm
Edge length 18 cm
Order nr. 307315 cart
Price € 194.00

American Felling Axe
A professional axe for working in the same way as the "fallers" of the old days. Hand forged out of a solid piece of steel and carefully tempered and sharpened. With American hickory handle.

Axe with shorter handle 81 cm (31 in.)
Total weight 2.2 kg (4.9 lb)
Blade width 115 mm (4-1/2 in.)
Order nr. 307365 cart
Price € 135.00

Double Bit Axe
Double Bit Axe with handle 90 cm
The Double Bit Axe can also be used as a working axe in the forest, although this is not so common nowadays. In this case it should be longer, which is why the axe is also available with a 90 cm handle.
Weight of head 1.6 kg, total weight 2.4 kg.
Order nr. 307330 cart
Price € 169.00
Scandinavian Broad Axe (Danish Double Bearded Axe)
Scandinavian Broad Axe (Danish Double Bearded Axe)
A lightweight is this "Bredbila". Weight 1.45 kg, handle 46 cm, Over all length 63 cm, blade 37 cm, comes without blade protection!
Order nr. 307360 cart
Price € 435.00
Tomahawk Dakota
Tomahawk "Dakota"
The Indian spirit! Weight 450 g, length 48 cm, blade 7 cm.
Order nr. 307361 cart
Price € 206.00
Scandinavian Two-Lugged Felling Axe
Scandinavian Two-Lugged Felling Axe "Mästermyr"
This replica, forged by hand, is based on an 11th century axe found in Mästermyr on the iland of Gotland. The original axe is exhibited at the Historical Museum in Stockholm.
Comes with leather sheath
Total weight 1.3 kg
Length 75 cm
Blade length 7 cm
Head length 23 cm
Order nr. 307363 In den Warenkorb
Price € 287.00
Weight 2.2 kg 2-1/2 lb
Length of blade 30 cm = 12 in.
Length of handle 45 cm = 18",
without blade protection!
Use a wooden mallet to strike the back of the blade! The froe is used to make wood shingles and to split longer lengths of small diameter logs for various other products like riven lumber, fence posts, garden stakes, split-log ladders and the like. To use the froe, you hold the cutting edge on the end grain of the wood to be split, and then strike the back of the blade with a wooden mallet (Steel hammers will damage the blade!!). The handle is then used as a lever to widen and guide the split through the log. No blade sheath included!
Order nr. 307320 cart
Price € 113.00
Mortise Axe
Mortise Axe
A mortise axe is used in joinery, specially loghouse building.
Weight 1 kg, length of axe head 21 cm, blade width 6 cm, length of handle 50 cm.
Order nr. 307318 cart
Price € 107.00

Sharpening Stones for Axes and Hatchets

Japanese Combination Stone
Japanese Combination Stone
This Japanese waterstone is the ideal stone for sharpening axes and hatchets! With grit 250 (green) you can grind down notches and with grit 1000 (brown) you obtain a high grade of sharpness for your axe.
Grain size: 250/1000
Size: 205 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm
Order nr. 309353 cart
Price € 24.90
Japanese Mini Combination Stone
Japanese Mini Combination Stone with plastic handle
As alternative we offer this versatile and cheap stone, handle with hand-protection!
Grit: 250/800
Stone size: 80 mm x 30 mm x 10 mm each side
Length with handle: 195 mm (8 in.)
Order nr. 309357 cart
Price € 14.50

Replacement Handles

These handles fit only the Gränsfors Bruks axes and hatchets offered on this page!

Description Order nr. Price
Handle for Wildlife Hatchet 307305 307340 cart € 16.00
Handle for Hunter’s Axe 307306 307341 cart € 16.00
Handle for Small Forest Axe 307307 307342 cart € 16.00
Handle for Scandinavian Forest Axe (Large Forest Axe) 307308 307343 cart € 17.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 31 inch 307365 307344 cart € 24.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 35 inch 307366 307345 cart € 24.00
Handle for Splitting Hatchet 307328 (Comes with steel sheath) 307350 cart € 31.00
Handle for Small Splitting Axe 307329 (Comes with steel sheath) 307346 cart € 31.00
Handle for Large Splitting Axe 307309 (Comes with steel sheath) 307347 cart € 29.00
Handle for Splitting Hammer (Splitting Maul) 307310 (Comes with steel sheath) 307348 cart € 29.00
Handle for Carpenter’s Axe 307312 307349 cart € 21.00
Handle for Swedish Carving Axe 307314 307351 cart € 16.00
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900   307315 307352 cart € 23.00
Handle for Double Bit Axe 35 inch 307330 307354 cart € 24.00
Handle for Mini Hatchet 307323 307353 cart € 22.00
Handle for Outdoor Hatchet (Outdoor Axe) 307331 307357 cart € 22.00
Handle for Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN" 307322 307358 cart € 22.00

Repl. Leather Sheaths

These leather sheaths fit only the Gränsfors Bruks axes and hatchets offered on this page!

Description Order nr. Price
Leather Sheath for Swedish Carving Axe 307338   307314   307313 307359 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Hunter’s Axe 307306 307368 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Small Splitting Axe 307329 307369 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Large Splitting Axe 307309 307370 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Hammer 307310 307371 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Wedge 307311 307372 In den Warenkorb € 14.00
Leather Sheath for American Felling Axe 307365   307366 307373 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Double Bit Axe 307330 307374 In den Warenkorb € 17.00
Leather Sheath for Adze with curved blade and short handle 307324   307326 307375 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Outdoor Hatchet 307305 307376 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Large Forest Axe 307308 307377 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Small Forest Axe 307307 307378 In den Warenkorb € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Swedish Broad Axe 307315   307316   307317 307379 In den Warenkorb € 16.00

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