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.


It’s here – Gränsfors Bruks Coffee table book is now availble in English!

3 August, 2022

In November, it was released in Swedish. We heard you when you requested it in more languages. And soon the wait is over. In a few days, you will be able to order the new book about Gränsfors Bruk in…

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From steel to axe

11 July, 2022

Follow us behind the doors to Gränsfors Bruks forge and see how our axes are produced. From steel to finished ax. We have collected movies with tips and information about our axes and how to take care of them under…

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The Axe Dance – Listen to the tones of Gränsfors Bruk

8 June, 2022

In 2021, the composer Thomas von Wachenfeldt composed the Yxdansen specially, on behalf of Gränsfors Bruk. It is used, among other things, in our new corporate film. The task Thomas was given was to capture in music the feeling of…

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Courses in Gränsfors 2022

28 February, 2022

For many years, Gränsfors Mill has offered courses in traditional forging and timbering. We will do the same this year – even though the museum, shop and smithy are closed to visitors. The course program for 2022 is now published…

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  • While chopping wood, use a wide, stable chopping block of about knee height. The chopping block must stand on stable ground with no spring in it. A springy ground will reduce the power of the axe stroke and the splitting effect. It is generally easiest to split a log from the top. Place the log…

  • As part of a small family-owned group, Gränsfors Bruk has three sister companies. All companies have their production in Sweden and focus on high quality. One of the sister companies is @woolpower_official Woolpower, which manufactures warm base layers and mid-layer garments in the unique fabric Ullfrotté Original. All garments, socks and accessories are knitted and…

  • Gränsfors Bruk's core focus is to produce axes with sound green credentials, avoiding any unnecessary consumption of natural resources. #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Today is a good day to take extra care for your axe. The oil* is made from raw linseed oil from Sweden, for the handle and to prevent rust on the axe head. The leather wax is also produced in Sweden and contains 100% natural ingredients. The wax also makes the leather water resistant and…

  • Forest Axes are specially designed to cut across the grain of the wood fibres, for example when felling and limbing, in contrast to log splitting, where the axe goes along the grain of the wood fibres. #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • On August 5, the book will be available in in English and German on our webshop. Take part of the history of Gränsfors Bruk, and about the axe as a tool in a brand new book. If you are one of those who love axes, forging, tools and good craftsmanship, this book is for you.…

  • Summer nights when the sun does not set. When the air feels crispy and fresh. When all you hear is the sounds of nature around you. #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • KS, An axe marked with this are made by Kjell-Åke Sjölund. How many of you have one KS-axe at home? Hands up in the comments.🙋‍♂️🪓 #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • When we asked the question in november, there were many of you who answered. And we heard you. We know you have been waiting. But soon the wait is over. This summer the Gränsfors Coffee Table Book will be available in both English and German. The book about Gränsfors Bruk is a company story from…

  • Gränsfors Splitting Axes, waiting to be shafted. #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • When you are out in the woods, with friends or alone. To enjoy nature and maybe make a fire. Which axe is your choice as a companion and why? #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Say hello to Gränsfors Bruks hand hatchet Kubben 👋 The distinguishing feature of Kubben is the short handle, relative to the size of the axe head. It is extremely practical to carry in your rucksack on forest walks, or to keep in the car as it takes up very little space. It makes an excellent…