Gränsfors Bruks Axes (hand-forged in Sweden)

From $25.00


Gränsfors Bruk has committed over 100 years to manufacturing and developing axes. Every axe is specifically designed to meet a particular function, with a tireless focus on high quality and area of use. A considerable amount of effort has also been put into producing axes with sound green credentials, avoiding any unnecessary consumption of natural resources.  Each Ax is hand-made in Sweden and bears the “makers mark” of the craftsman who forged it.  Each “straight-grained” hickory handle is a testament to the quality of these axes.logo4

Small_Forest Ax

Small Forest Ax – $195

The Gränsfors Small Forest Axe is popular with backpackers since it has a slightly shorter handle that allows the ax to fit nicely into a backpack or rucksack.

  • Length with handle: 49 cm (19”)
  • Weight: 0,9 kg (2 lb)
  • Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather




Scandinavian Forest Ax – $215  

The Gränsfors Scandinavian Forest Axe is the favorite of all of the Midwest Native Skills instructors and most of the Maine Guides.  It is the more professional axe, ideal for felling larger trees and for limbing a felled tree. The axe is forged to a curved bit, making it suitable for cutting into fresh, resinous wood such as spruce or pine.

  • Length with handle: 64 cm (25”)
  • Weight: 1,2 kg (2.6 lb)
  • Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather

    Note: This is the ax I carry with me at all times on our Winter Trips, my personal hunting trips
    Tom Laskowski

Rust-Resistant Protective Bluing – $9

An optional “Rust-resistant” protective Bluing can be applied to the head of your ax to provide additional rest protection on the carbon ax head.  This is the same bluing that is used on fire arms and while not a “rust-proof” coating it provides an additional degree of rust resistance, especially when a light coating of oil is applied to the ax head




Replacement Leather Sheath – $25

All of Gränsfors axe sheath are made from vegetable-tanned leather.
The leather is tanned to prevent it being broken down by bacteria.

Gränsfors Bruk sources its leather from Tärnsjö Garveri, one of the few tanneries in Sweden that still produces vegetable-tanned leather. Gränsfors Bruk has specifically chosen not to use chrome-tanned leather, as we feel that its green credentials are not sufficiently high. Chrome tanning was developed in the late 19th century in order to treat hides in a cheaper way than vegetable tanning. Chrome-tanned leather commonly retains traces of chromium, which can cause allergic reactions and is also not biodegradable.



Replacement Hickory Handles – $30

These are hand picked, straight grain hickory handles for the Small Forest and the Scandinavian Axes.
Gränsfors Bruk’s handle is made from hickory, the perfect wood because it is both strong and flexible, with long, parallel fibers. This increases the life of the handle and thus helps reduce consumption of nature’s resources.

The wood is dried before turning. This is so that the wood will not dry out any further and shrink, once the axe head has been set on the handle. One of the most common causes of an axe head coming loose from its handle is that a green, undried handle has been used, which then dries out, shrinks and comes loose.  In order to further improve the quality of the handle, it is soaked in hot linseed oil. The handle is then treated with beeswax to make it more resistant to dirt and water.