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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!

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.
Total length is 64 cm
Weight 1200 g
Edge length 8.5 cm
Order nr. 307308CartPrice € 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 long Handle
Handle length 80 cm
Weight 2700 g
Order nr. 307339CartPrice € 113.00
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.
Lefthander Carving Axe
bevelled on the left side - seen from the handle!
Order nr. 307313CartPrice € 113.00

The terms "right" and "left" mean: view from the handle to the blade!

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. 309353CartPrice € 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. 309357CartPrice € 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
Order nr. 307340CartPrice € 16.00
Handle for Hunter’s Axe 307306
Order nr. 307341CartPrice € 16.00
Handle for Small Forest Axe 307307
Order nr. 307342CartPrice € 16.00
Handle for Scandinavian Forest Axe (Large Forest Axe) 307308
Order nr. 307343CartPrice € 17.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 31 inch 307365
Order nr. 307344CartPrice € 24.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 35 inch 307366
Order nr. 307345CartPrice € 24.00
Handle for Splitting Hatchet 307328 (Comes with steel sheath)
Order nr. 307350CartPrice € 31.00
Handle for Small Splitting Axe 307329 (Comes with steel sheath)
Order nr. 307346CartPrice € 31.00
Handle for Large Splitting Axe 307309 (Comes with steel sheath)
Order nr. 307347CartPrice € 29.00
Handle for Splitting Hammer (Splitting Maul) 307310 (Comes with steel sheath)
Order nr. 307348CartPrice € 29.00
Handle for Carpenter’s Axe 307312
Order nr. 307349CartPrice € 21.00
Handle for Swedish Carving Axe 307314
Order nr. 307351CartPrice € 16.00
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900   307315
Order nr. 307352CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for Double Bit Axe 35 inch 307330
Order nr. 307354CartPrice € 24.00
Handle for Mini Hatchet 307323
Order nr. 307353CartPrice € 22.00
Handle for Outdoor Hatchet (Outdoor Axe) 307331
Order nr. 307357CartPrice € 22.00
Handle for Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN" 307322
Order nr. 307358CartPrice € 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
Order nr. 307359CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Hunter’s Axe 307306
Order nr. 307368CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Small Splitting Axe 307329
Order nr. 307369CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Large Splitting Axe 307309
Order nr. 307370CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Hammer 307310
Order nr. 307371CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Wedge 307311
Order nr. 307372CartPrice € 14.00
Leather Sheath for American Felling Axe 307365   307366
Order nr. 307373CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Double Bit Axe 307330
Order nr. 307374CartPrice € 17.00
Leather Sheath for Adze with curved blade and short handle 307324   307326
Order nr. 307375CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Outdoor Hatchet 307305
Order nr. 307376CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Large Forest Axe 307308
Order nr. 307377CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Small Forest Axe 307307
Order nr. 307378CartPrice € 16.00
Leather Sheath for Swedish Broad Axe 307315   307316   307317
Order nr. 307379CartPrice € 16.00


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