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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  • 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…

  • Always be prepared for a snowstorm with wood and a nice axe to chop it into perfect pieces 🙂🪓 #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • We want to thank you who have supported us over the past year. We are happy that there are so many of you who appreciate our axes and share our vision. It is not always easy to run a smithery in Sweden, but it is possible thanks to all of you! From all of us…

  • We believe that the quality and longevity of the product is a very important element of being able to contribute to a better environment. This is because increased product longevity means that, among other things, we can: 🪓consume fewer natural resources, resulting in reduced consumption of raw materials and energy 🪓produce fewer products, which generates…

  • Carving axes cooling down after forging made by Engberg Bohjort Emil (EE). Who made your axe? #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #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. You can read more about our material at our webpage. Link in bio 🪓 #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • The leather strap on our sheaths allows you to easily attach the ax to the belt or to the holders. This way you don´t risk losing the sheath and you always have the axe near 🪓 #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • Gränsfors Bruk has developed axes with a technique, shape and function based on old, often forgotten knowledge. For us, it´s important to make sure this knowledge is spread to more people. One way to do that is to organize courses. Our forging courses are led by Fredrik Thelin (@fthelinsmide) who is a very qualified and…

  • Let´s talk about Black Friday. A day created so that people will shop more by lowering prices. We believe in high-quality products and fair wages for the people who make the products. This means that the price you pay is the actual cost of the entire production. We and our sister company @woolpower_official take a…

  • Gränsfors Small Hatchet was developed by Lennart Pettersson (LP), axe smith, knife smith and keen angler, who was looking to create a very light axe that still retained the axe feeling. Despite its diminutive size the axe is excellent for limbing and splitting firewood. #gransforsbruk #madeinsweden #axe #yxor #bushcraft #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith

  • The first concrete evidence we have about an axe forging in Gränsfors dates from the mid -19th century. In 1868, scythe smith Johan Pettersson (JP), aged 33, moved with his family and his brother Anders Pettersson (AP), aged 18, from Älvdalen to Gränsfors and started Gränsfors Scythe Forge. In 1871, the younger brother, Anders Pettersson,…

  • The Gränsfors Swedish Draw Knife is forged into an arch and is meant to be used with both hands for optimum effectiveness. The Draw Knife is mainly for debarking and shaping logs, and perhaps also dowels. The protruding handles allow the user to get plenty of power behind each stroke. Have you tried it? #gransforsbruk…