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