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:
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.
These handles fit only the Gränsfors Bruks axes and hatchets offered on this page!
|Handle for Wildlife Hatchet 307305|
|Handle for Hunter’s Axe 307306|
|Handle for Small Forest Axe 307307|
|Handle for Scandinavian Forest Axe (Large Forest Axe) 307308|
|Handle for American Felling Axe 31 inch 307365|
|Handle for American Felling Axe 35 inch 307366|
|Handle for Splitting Hatchet 307328 (Comes with steel sheath)|
|Handle for Small Splitting Axe 307329 (Comes with steel sheath)|
|Handle for Large Splitting Axe 307309 (Comes with steel sheath)|
|Handle for Splitting Hammer (Splitting Maul) 307310 (Comes with steel sheath)|
|Handle for Carpenter’s Axe 307312|
|Handle for Swedish Carving Axe 307314|
|Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900 307315|
|Handle for Double Bit Axe 35 inch 307330|
|Handle for Mini Hatchet 307323|
|Handle for Outdoor Hatchet (Outdoor Axe) 307331|
|Handle for Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN" 307322|
These leather sheaths fit only the Gränsfors Bruks axes and hatchets offered on this page!
|Leather Sheath for Swedish Carving Axe 307338 307314 307313|
|Leather Sheath for Hunter’s Axe 307306|
|Leather Sheath for Small Splitting Axe 307329|
|Leather Sheath for Large Splitting Axe 307309|
|Leather Sheath for Splitting Hammer 307310|
|Leather Sheath for Splitting Wedge 307311|
|Leather Sheath for American Felling Axe 307365 307366|
|Leather Sheath for Double Bit Axe 307330|
|Leather Sheath for Adze with curved blade and short handle 307324 307326|
|Leather Sheath for Outdoor Hatchet 307305|
|Leather Sheath for Large Forest Axe 307308|
|Leather Sheath for Small Forest Axe 307307|
|Leather Sheath for Swedish Broad Axe 307315 307316 307317|