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!

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!
Price € 79.00
Small Forest Axe
Small Forest Axe
More force for woodcutting than the trekking hatchet has is given by the larger head and longer handle. This axe can still be quite well accommodated in a rucksack. It is 50 cm long including handle, and weighs 1.0 kg Picture with leather protection
Price € 83.00

Small Forest Axe
Scandinavian Forest Axe (Large Forest Axe)
A true felling axe for people who want to do traditional forestry work. Outstanding for felling small trees and removing branches. Forged into round curves, it is well suited to work on fresh, resinous woods such as spruce and pine. Because of the long handle, it can be swung well. Its length is 64 cm including handle and it weighs only 1.2 kg.
Price € 91.00
Large Splitting Axe
Splitting Axes
A new generation of axes for splitting logs. Lars Enander, master smith, has developed an axe with the aim of making log-splitting easier and giving the tool a longer life. The result is to be seen here: a broad axe-head with a concave profile forces the wood apart with a minimum of contact. The handle is in high quality hickory and has been given a steel sheath to reduce the wear that arises when the handle strikes the log by mistake. The steel sheath is attached to the handle and head simultaneously, under a pressure of about two tons. Do not use this axe as a hammer or as a wedge. The splitting hammer is the right thing for that! (Scroll down a bit for the splitting hammer!) Handle (helve) sheathed in steel! Handle length can vary ± 2 cm!
Large Splitting Axe with Standard Handle
Handle length 70 cm, weight 2.6 kg
Price € 109.00
Large Splitting Axe
Splitting Axes
A new generation of axes for splitting logs. Lars Enander, master smith, has developed an axe with the aim of making log-splitting easier and giving the tool a longer life. The result is to be seen here: a broad axe-head with a concave profile forces the wood apart with a minimum of contact. The handle is in high quality hickory and has been given a steel sheath to reduce the wear that arises when the handle strikes the log by mistake. The steel sheath is attached to the handle and head simultaneously, under a pressure of about two tons. Do not use this axe as a hammer or as a wedge. The splitting hammer is the right thing for that! (Scroll down a bit for the splitting hammer!) Handle (helve) sheathed in steel! Handle length can vary ± 2 cm!
Small Splitting Axe
Handle length 60 cm, weight 1.8 kg
Price € 103.00
Splitting hammer Splitting hammer
Splitting Hammer (Splitting Maul)
Design features basically as those of cleaver, but considerably weightier to tackle heavy jobs. This splitting hammer is suitable for cleaving very coarse and knotty wood. The hammer end is very good for hammering in splitting wedges. Its length is 80 cm including handle and it weighs 3.2 kg.

Warning: Remember that when steel strikes steel, splinters can fly and damage your eyes - wear goggles!

A number of users of this splitting hammer have reported with pride - and independently of one another - that they have managed to turn more than 8 cubic metres of wood into logs in one weekend.
Price € 123.00
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.

Warning:
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.
Price € 56.00
Swedish broad axe mod. 1900
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
Price € 194.00
Swedish broad axe mod. 1900
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900 left-handed!
Axehead eye offset to left
one side of blade sharpened (to the normal scissors-type cutting edge for work along the length of the wood)
The upper part of the hatchet ( poll and eye) is turned approx.10° to the left in the course of forging.
The beam is to the right of the hatchet from where the joiner is standing.
Total weight 1.7 kg
Handle length 49 cm
total length 54 cm
Edge length 18 cm
Price € 206.00
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!
Price € 435.00
Froe
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!
Price € 113.00

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
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.)
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
Price € 16.00
Handle for Hunter’s Axe 307306
Price € 16.00
Handle for Small Forest Axe 307307
Price € 16.00
Handle for Scandinavian Forest Axe (Large Forest Axe) 307308
Price € 17.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 31 inch 307365
Price € 24.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 35 inch 307366
Price € 24.00
Handle for Splitting Hatchet 307328 (Comes with steel sheath)
Price € 31.00
Handle for Small Splitting Axe 307329 (Comes with steel sheath)
Price € 31.00
Handle for Large Splitting Axe 307309 (Comes with steel sheath)
Price € 29.00
Handle for Splitting Hammer (Splitting Maul) 307310 (Comes with steel sheath)
Price € 29.00
Handle for Carpenter’s Axe 307312
Price € 21.00
Handle for Swedish Carving Axe 307314
Price € 16.00
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900   307315
Price € 23.00
Handle for Double Bit Axe 35 inch 307330
Price € 24.00
Handle for Mini Hatchet 307323
Price € 22.00
Handle for Outdoor Hatchet (Outdoor Axe) 307331
Price € 22.00
Handle for Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN" 307322
Price € 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
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Hunter’s Axe 307306
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Small Splitting Axe 307329 Currently not in stock!
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Large Splitting Axe 307309
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Hammer 307310
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Wedge 307311
Price € 14.00
Leather Sheath for American Felling Axe 307365   307366
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Double Bit Axe 307330
Price € 17.00
Leather Sheath for Adze with curved blade and short handle 307324   307326
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Outdoor Hatchet 307305
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Large Forest Axe 307308
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Small Forest Axe 307307 Currently not in stock!
Price € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Swedish Broad Axe 307315   307316   307317
Price € 16.00


 
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