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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!

Outdoor Hatchet
Outdoor Hatchet (Outdoor Axe)
Because of its heavier head and a longer haft, this outdoor hatchet is more effective than the Mini Hatchet, and also works just fine in a backpack. These tools are often marketed as "outdoor axes," but we prefer the term "outdoor hatchet." The steel housing around the top of the haft protects the wood, even when you miss-hit or the hatchet is used for tough jobs.
Weight approx. 620 g
Handle length 37 cm
Edge length width 6 cm
Head length 11.5 cm
Comes with leather sheath!
Order nr. 307331CartPrice € 110.00
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.
Total length 24 cm (9.5 inches)
Weight 700 g
Edge length 7.5 cm
Comes with leather sheath!
Order nr. 307322CartPrice € 79.00
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.
Totla length is 80 cm
Weight 3200 g
Edge length 7 cm

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.
Order nr. 307310CartPrice € 123.00
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
Carving Axe bevelled on both sides
Order nr. 307338CartPrice € 109.00

The terms "right" and "left" mean: view from the handle to the blade!
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. 307314CartPrice € 113.00

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