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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe Review

In the era of cheap, mass produced axes, Gransfors still hand forges steel for axes. Fine Swedish craftsmanship ensures Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe will be the best axe you will ever own. The axe is a timeless classic, testament to hand forged steel quality workmanship.  The Small Forest Axe is the same size as the Gransfors Bruks Hunter’s Axe but a more traditional pattern and poll.

Small Forest Axe has a thin blade and long handle to allow powerful chopping results. Great for limbing or splitting small sticks for the fire and small enough to fit in your pack, it’s perfect for backpacking or just to have around camp.

The axe is practical for splitting small sticks for fires or cutting small diameter limbwood for starter fuel in a fireplace. The Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe cuts very well across the grain, both in bigger logs and smaller branches.

Small Forest Axe  reliability, ease of use and superb build quality, make it is arguably the most popular axe in the world of bushcraft. The 19″ handle on the small forest axe is just right. The Hunters axe is about the same size, too.  The Gransfors Bruks axe isn’t so long that it’s awkward to put in or strap to a rucksack.  When swung with two hands, the axe delivers excellent striking power.  It’s real good chopping one handed as well.  Personally, I’d say the versatile axe chops as good as or a better than a big knife.

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe
Hand made Swedish Axe

Best Axes in the World

The Small Forest Axe is made from fine quality steel, this hand forged axe is expertly crafted by experienced Swedish smiths whose skills and designs are world famous.  At Gransfors Bruks the forging craft is allowed to take its time.

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The smiths do not work by the piece. They take care and do the right forging from the beginning. There is no need to stone or grind or smooth or paint the axes in order to hide or eliminate imperfections in the forging. Each axe head is individually hammered into shape and bears the initials of the smith who made it, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Honed, annealed and tempered to an exact hardness, the axe’s blade edge is tested by striking it with a massive forging hammer. If it doesn’t chip or break, it’s ready for your toughest chopping jobs. Sharpened, polished and oiled for a fine finish. Axe head is firmly affixed to a 19″ hickory handle. Head weighs 1½ lb. Face measures 3½”. Includes a grain-leather sheath and Axe Book.

Ergonomic Handles
Old traditions are adapted to today’s demand. Most of the handles of Gransfors Bruks axes have a unique ergonomic design which gives a steady grip around the handle. All Gransfors Bruks handles are made of selected high quality American hickory. Fiberglass handles are stronger than hickory handles but Gransfors Bruks believes that wooden handles are more ecological. Gransfors Bruks axe handles are soaked in hot linseed oil and dripped dry. They are then covered with beeswax to help keep the dirt off.

Fine craftsmanship and hand forged steel ensure Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe will be the best you’ve ever owned.

Technical Details

  • Portable

Customer Reviews

"Buy the best and you won’t be disappointed."

205 people found this helpful.
 on January 12, 2013
By Ski
My dad always said that and it’s true. I have any imaginable model of hatchet and axe. Every name brand you’ve ever heard of some you haven’t. Wihtout any qualification, these Gransfor Bruks are the best. They are sharper than the factory edge on most knives out of the box, life time warranty that they abide by no questions asked. I had to return one because I didn’t like the grain in the handle. New one at my door a week later. Been using my first GB for 10 years now, I think it has actually gotten better with age.

$120 for an axe – and worth every penny!

8 people found this helpful.
 on August 10, 2013
By LongDuck
Review of Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe:

Gransfors Bruk axes is a must to have

 on June 5, 2017
By Allan
The heritage that Gransfors Bruks own is because the got the bushcraft formula very defined. Great size, not heavy piece of equipment. Here where I come from isn’t very popular to use axes, the peeple like machetes. But trying out something different you can make heavy tasks with this axe. Highly recommended.

Sharp with nice treated handle

One person found this helpful.
 on September 6, 2017
By lit
Ready to work right out of the box. Sharp with nice treated handle. Like butter thru 1 to 2 inch brach. Used it on 7 inch downed tree for longer burning firelogs. Is it worth the money. Well that depends on your personal definition of worth. This is one fine tool.

Just about all you need

 on November 14, 2017
By MadmanBlueBox
Do the research, it’s not magical but it is an incredibly good axe. Useful for just about any camping or bushcraft work. The handles are no longer wedged on these smaller ones but it’s tight as a drum. My 3rd GB and couldn’t be happier.

Dont see how they can make one better

One person found this helpful.
 on June 9, 2016
By Jeremy
Holy cow! Bought this to take backpacking knowing now its not really necessary but as far as an axe goes i dont know how you could do any better. Will most likely carry this always as its just a great all around tool.

Wow, what an axe! Portable, powerful, …

 on March 7, 2017
By R. K. Anderson
Wow, what an axe! Portable, powerful, and purposefully designed to do the job you need when in the bush. I recently got the small forestry axe and was impressed with every aspect of it. What can I say? It works as it was designed to do, flawlessly.

Best size for backpacking

One person found this helpful.
 on May 3, 2016
By MoxyDave
Best size for backpacking. Arrived razor sharp. Good mask, handle grain alignment is good, fits well in the hand. This is the benchmark for a camp axe.

Beautiful, well-made tool!

One person found this helpful.
 on November 29, 2016
By Matthew K.
This is a quality tool, as expected. No complaints from me, other than it seems a bit expensive. I fully realize that this is a top-of-the-line product but other companies provide a similar product for about half the price. That said, I plan to use this product for years and hopefully hand it down to my son when he’s old enough to handle it well.