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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  • Instagram Contest! We talked to our friends at @hestragloves, the famous and popular Swedish outdoor brand that makes amazing gloves, and decided to give you all a chance to win an outdoor kit. The kit contains “Gränsfors Small Forest Axe” and a pair of “Ergo Grip Active” gloves. To enter: 1. Like this image 2.…

  • Autumn is here with all the beautiful colors! 🍁 The Gränsfors Small Hatchet is the lightest of all the axes from Gränsfors Bruk, making it perfect for hiking, when every kilo counts. Which axe do you bring on a hike? 🪓 #gransforsbruk #axe #autumn #september

  • Gränsfors Splitting Axes are, as the name suggests, made to split wood. The axes have a large and heavy head that is forged and ground into a concave shape with a relatively thin edge. The axes are made to chop along the grainof the wood fibres, in contrast to Forest Axes, which are made to…

  • The carpenter’s tools have been developed over many thousands of years. Tradition, climate and local woods have led these tools to vary from country to country. It used to be that the village blacksmith would make tools to order for the local carpenter, which naturally also produced major regional variations. By the early 20th century,…

  • New ax heads getting sharpened and ready to find new homes 😃 #gransforsbruk #madeinsweden #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Autumn nights. A time when it starts getting darker at night and when the fire feels more cozy again. We got this amazing photo from @mountainginger.adv 🙏❤️ We wish you all a nice weekend! #gransforsbruks #axes #fire #bushcraft #gränsforsbruk #evening

  • The axe is one of the oldest tools used by mankind. The oldest axes was known as hand axes. Hand axes had no shaft and were used by Homo ergaster as far back as 1.6 million years ago. When, much later, the axe was given a wooden handle, several different types of axes were developed,…

  • Gränsfors axes come with a sheath made from vegetable-tanned leather. The leather is tanned to prevent it being broken down by bacteria. The tanning preserves and improves the natural properties of the leather and can be done either through treatment with natural vegetable products such as bark from various trees, flowers and roots, known as…

  • The handle on Gränsfors Bruk’s axes was designed by Hans Erik Persson. Old traditions have been embraced and adapted to the demands of today’s users. The ergonomic shape provides a steady, comfortable grip on the handle, even at arm’s length. #gransforsbruk #madeinsweden #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Summer nights are best enjoyed in good company in front of a fire! 🙏 #gransforsbruk #madeinsweden #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • The steel that Gränsfors Bruk uses has been specially created to produce the perfect axe head. The steel must not be too hard, or too soft and pliable. Gränsfors Bruk uses steel from Ovako that derives entirely from recycled scrap and we maintains a constant dialogue with Ovako to secure its supply of steel best…