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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.

PRODUCTS

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.

COURSES

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.

News

Gränsfors Vårdkit – Take care of your axe for future generations

17 November, 2021

Our axes are a craft created to last for several generations. If you take care of your axe properly, we promise that it will be a life partner not only for you – but also for your children and grandchildren….

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The Axe Book – an old friend in a new costume

16 November, 2021

Starting the 20th of September, all of our axes will be shipped with a new and updated Axe Book. In addition to containing some new and updated texts and pictures, the Axe Book with also be thicker as it contains…

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Closed due to renovation

29 September, 2021

In 2020, we decided to close our business for visitors due to Covid-19. This was a difficult decision for us to make, but also created possibilities for us. We are a small family company in old and small buildings. To…

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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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  • We are going from summer to autumn here in Sweden. The evenings are going from bright to dark. It is a perfect time to spend with a cup of coffee by the fire, being mesmerized by the flames. Gränsfors Wildernesses hatchet is perfect to bring in the backpack to make a small fire. Photo: @isabella.stahl…

  • Emil Engberg Bohjort (EE) is forging a Amercan Felling Axe, a professional axe for those who want to work in the forest in the traditional way. The axe is ideal for felling very large trees, thanks to its long, broad edge of 11.5 cm. The axe is forged to a curved bit, making it suitable…

  • Do you take care of your ax regularly? Make it a habit to oil the axe head before putting the axe away for some time, otherwise, it may rust. While you're at it, use leather wax on the axe sheat, to make the leather smoother and water-repellent. #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe…

  • Have a nice day! 🪓☀️ #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Here in Gränsfors we have an axe museum with over 2000 axes. Since we do not have the possibility to open the museum this summer due to Corona we have decided to start posting small stories about some of the axes you can find here. These are not axes that we sell and unfortunately it…

  • Who made your favorite axe? #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Here in Gränsfors we have an axe museum with over 2000 axes. Since we do not have the possibility to open the museum this summer due to Corona we have decided to start posting small stories about some of the axes you can find here. These are not axes that we sell and unfortunately it…

  • Gränsfors Bruk’s handle is made from hickory, the perfect wood because it is both strong and flexible, with long, parallel fibres. This increases the life of the handle and thus helps reduce the consumption of nature’s resources. The wood is dried before turning. This is so that the wood will not dry out any further…

  • Here in Gränsfors we have an axe museum with over 2000 axes. Since we do not have the possibility to open the museum this summer due to Corona we have decided to start posting small stories about some of the axes you can find here. These are not axes that we sell and unfortunately it…

  • This weekend we celebrate midsummer in Sweden. This year we would like to spend the day outside and cook midsummer dinner over an open fire, but as we know, the weather this weekend is always unreliable. How are you going to celebrate Midsummer? #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship…

  • Here in Gränsfors, we have an axe museum with over 2000 axes. Since we do not have the possibility to open the museum this summer due to Corona we have decided to start posting small stories about some of the axes you can find here. These are not axes that we sell and unfortunately, it…

  • In our axes, we use steel from Ovako that derives entirely from recycled scrap. The scrap is sorted into different grades and the steelworks uses a mix of these for the steel that it produces. Like all industrial processes, manufacturing steel affects the environment. Gränsfors Bruk chose to work with Ovako for good reason. As…