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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!

Mini Hatchet
Mini Hatchet
"There isn’t enough place in my backpack for a hatchet!" This is no longer true. Even in a small day pack, this mini-hatchet takes almost no space, and it is very light, as well. It is a very handy little tool for gathering firewood, building small shelters, rafts, and woodscraft in general.
It weighs about 460 g
Handle length 26 cm
Edge length width 6 cm
Head length 10.5 cm
Comes with leather sheath!
Code 307323CartPrice € 105.00
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!
Code 307331CartPrice € 109.00
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!
Code 307322CartPrice € 99.00
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. A reliable companion on all trips into wild country!
Total length 36 cm
Weight 700 g
Edge length 7.5 cm
Code 307305CartPrice € 99.00
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. Picture with leather protection
Total length is 49 cm
Weight 1000 g
Edge length 8 cm
Code 307307CartPrice € 97.00

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.
Total length is 64 cm
Weight 1200 g
Edge length 8.5 cm
Code 307308CartPrice € 99.00
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 2600 g
Edge length 7 cm
Code 307309CartPrice € 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!
Large Splitting Axe with long Handle
Handle length 80 cm
Weight 2700 g
Code 307339CartPrice € 119.00
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 1800 g
Edge length 7 cm
Code 307329CartPrice € 107.00
Splitting Hatchet
Splitting Hatchet
Smaller than the splitting axes this hatchet is made for one-handed use.
Length 48 cm
Total weight 1700 g
Code 307328CartPrice € 119.00
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.
Code 307310CartPrice € 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.
Total length 23 cm
Weight 1500 g
Edge length 7.5 cm

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.
Code 307311CartPrice € 69.00
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. Comes with a grain-leather sheath.
Code 307312CartPrice € 115.00
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
Code 307338CartPrice € 129.00

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!
Code 307314CartPrice € 149.00

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!
Code 307313CartPrice € 149.00

The terms "right" and "left" mean: view from the handle to the blade!
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
Code 307315CartPrice € 249.00
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
Code 307316CartPrice € 249.00
Swedish broad axe mod. 1900
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900 right-handed!
Axehead eye offset to right
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 right in the course of forging.
The beam is to the left 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
Code 307317CartPrice € 249.00
Froe
Weight 2.2 kg 2-1/2 lb
Length of blade 30 cm = 12 inch
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!
Code 307320CartPrice € 135.00
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.
Code 307318CartPrice € 119.00

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
Code 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 inch)
Code 309357CartPrice € 14.50

Replacement Handles

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

Description CodePrice
Handle for Wildlife Hatchet 307305
Code 307340CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for Hunter’s Axe 307306
Code 307341CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for Small Forest Axe 307307
Code 307342CartPrice € 25.00
Handle for Scandinavian Forest Axe (Large Forest Axe) 307308
Code 307343CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 31 inch 307365
Code 307344CartPrice € 25.00
Handle for American Felling Axe 35 inch 307366
Code 307345CartPrice € 25.00
Handle for Splitting Hatchet 307328 (Comes with steel sheath)
Code 307350CartPrice € 31.00
Handle for Small Splitting Axe 307329 (Comes with steel sheath)
Code 307346CartPrice € 31.00
Handle for Large Splitting Axe 307309 (Comes with steel sheath)
Code 307347CartPrice € 32.00
Handle for Splitting Hammer (Splitting Maul) 307310 (Comes with steel sheath)
Code 307348CartPrice € 33.00
Handle for Carpenter’s Axe 307312
Code 307349CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for Swedish Carving Axe 307314
Code 307351CartPrice € 23.00
Swedish Broad Axe Mod. 1900   307315
Code 307352CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for Double Bit Axe 35 inch 307330
Code 307354CartPrice € 29.00
Handle for Mini Hatchet 307323
Code 307353CartPrice € 23.00
Handle for Outdoor Hatchet (Outdoor Axe) 307331
Code 307357CartPrice € 28.00
Handle for Hand Hatchet "KUBBEN" 307322
Code 307358CartPrice € 23.00

Repl. Leather Sheaths

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

Description CodePrice
Leather Sheath for Swedish Carving Axe 307338   307314   307313 Currently not in stock!
Code 307359Cart Price € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Hunter’s Axe 307306 Currently not in stock!
Code 307368Cart Price € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Small Splitting Axe 307329 Currently not in stock!
Code 307369Cart Price € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Large Splitting Axe 307309
Code 307370CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Hammer 307310
Code 307371CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Splitting Wedge 307311
Code 307372CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for American Felling Axe 307365   307366
Code 307373CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Double Bit Axe 307330
Code 307374CartPrice € 22.00
Leather Sheath for Adze with curved blade and short handle 307324   307326
Code 307375CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Outdoor Hatchet 307305
Code 307376CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Large Forest Axe 307308
Code 307377CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Small Forest Axe 307307
Code 307378CartPrice € 19.00
Leather Sheath for Swedish Broad Axe 307315   307316   307317
Code 307379CartPrice € 19.00
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