Handforged axes

Since 1902

Why Gränsfors Bruk?

Everything that is produced requires resources, and all these resources have some impact on our environment and on people. The resources we use and what we use these resources for is a question of responsibility. 

We see it as a combination of environmental, functional and human responsibility.

As a company, we have unlimited responsibility for the big picture and it is our obligation to work on these issues at all times in order to achieve more sustainable development in the world.

Gränsfors Bruk has been manufacturing hand-forged axes for over 100 years. Every single axe is designed specifically to fulfil a particular function, with a constant focus on high quality and area of application.

There has also been a strong focus on producing axes with sound green credentials, avoiding any unnecessary consumption of natural resources.

A lot of effort has also gone into developing a product while we care about the people who have created it.

With this in mind, Gränsfors Bruk has defined three criteria that must be met when we manufacture our axes.

  • We shall manufacture axes with the best possible function for the axe’s area of application.
  • We shall manufacture axes that have as little impact as possible in our environment.
  • We shall manufacture axes with respect for the people who create them.

Making a good product from the above perspective is our way of showing responsibility to you, the person who will buy and use the product, to our environment and to our employees.

We do, however, acknowledge that there is even more to be done and we have therefore tried to take our corporate responsibility one step further through Agenda 2030.


Gränsfors Bruk’s axes are divided into four different categories, based on their specific areas of use. The four categories are: Forest Axes, Splitting Axes, Log-building and Carpentry Tools and Double Bit Axes.

In addition to the axes, there is also a selection of other axe related products.


For more than ten years, Gränsfors Bruk has been running a range of courses in forging and log-building. The courses are available in different degrees of difficulty, depending on previous experience, and last a varying number of days depending of the course.

The forging courses are led by Fredrik Thelin, who is a qualified and experienced blacksmith, and the log-building courses are led by the skilled carpenter Andreas Hipf.


Historical Axes

14 April, 2020

Since time immemorial has the axe served as tool, weapon, status symbol and sacred object. Gränsfors Bruk’s historical axes are replicas of axes that were common many hundreds of years ago. In contrast to Gränsfors Bruk’s other axe models, the…

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Gränsfors Axe Museum

9 April, 2020

Next door to the forge lies Gränsfors Axe Museum, packed with over 2,000 axes from floor to ceiling. And anyone who thinks an axe is an axe is in for a surprise – there are special axes for most purposes….

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Temporary visitor ban

13 March, 2020

We are introducing, as of today, a ban on visitors to our production as a result of the development of the new Corona virus. The public health authority has raised the level of risk to very high risk of public…

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Renovation of the axe museum

11 April, 2019

In the spring of 2019, we began renovating our axe museum. The museum is always open, but there will be some disorder for a few months to come. A reopening will take place during autumn / winter 2019. Warm welcome!

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  • Say welcome to our Gränsfors Leather Wax! Regular lubrication of your axe’s sheath will make the leather smoother and water-repellent, and also extend the life of the axe sheath. Our Leather Wax is manufactured in Sweden using 100 percent natural raw materials. It consists of Lanolin, cold-pressed, unrefined organic sunflower oil, beeswax, and pitch oil…

  • The Blacksmiths mark. Our declaration that the axe has been well made and approved by the smith. Who made your axe? 📸 @isabella.stahl #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Don´t forget to give your axes some love ❤️ Gränsfors Oil is an environment-friendly and completely non-toxic oil manufactured in Sweden. The oil is 100 per cent unsaturated fatty acids sourced from linseed oil. As the oil dries, it forms a protective film of linoxin. We recommend that you treat the axe handle with the…

  • It was in the late 1980s, that Gränsfors Bruk took a step back to a more traditional, craft-based system of production again. Something that had been the standard long ago. Knowledge about axes, their function and environmental issues became the guiding light for axe production. The restructuring was based on the insight that when you…

  • Gränsfors Forest Axes are made to be used in the forest for everything from felling large trees to limbing small logs. The distinguishing feature of Forest Axes is a long, rounded edge, with a flat elongated axe head. Forest Axes are specially designed to cut across the grain of the wood fibres, for example when…

  • After coarse grinding, the edge is hardened by heating it to 820°C and then rapidly cooling it in water. The hardening makes the steel much harder, but also rather brittle. To remove the stresses in the steel caused by the forging and hardening, the steel needs to be tempered, which involves keeping the axe heads…

  • The Gränsfors Large Splitting Axe can be used for splitting all types of firewood. It is forged and ground to a concave, quite thin blade at the bit. The axe cuts quickly and easily into the wood and then effectively splits it as the broader section pushes apart the wood. The handle has a protective…

  • A great axe is made by several hands. The blacksmith forges the axe, but the axe head is not done until it´s sharpened, hardened and tempered. Our grinders have special education in grinding to make your axe as sharp and strong as possible. Our axes are made by people and it´s the accumulated skills of…

  • Cold evening and a big fire to keep warm 👌 Is there anything better? #gransforsbruks #gransforsbruk #axes #fire #bushcraft #friluftsliv #uteliv #eld #winter #vinter

  • Our axes are forged in large presses dating from the beginning of the 1900s. When we are changing which axe model is being forged, the tools of the press need to be changed. This process can take between a couple of days to up to two weeks. If a press needs new tooling, our blacksmiths…

  • You know the satisfaction you get when you see the chopping block split into several pieces? Here are some tips for a successful log splitting. Use a wide, stable chopping block of about knee-height. It is important that the chopping block stands on stable ground with no spring in it. A springy ground will reduce…

  • All of our axes come together with the Axe book. All books are carefully attached to the axes by hand. The book is filled with lots of "good to know", tips and tricks about how to take care of your axe and knowledge about axes and Gränsfors Bruk. Have you read the information in the…