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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

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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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Our axe presses are real veterans. Most of them were built in Arboga during the 1930s and 1940s. They operate at a rate of around 80 strikes per minute, with a force of about 180 tonnes each time. #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 once a week about some of the axes you can find here. These are not axes that we sell…

  • You know the feeling when you chopped that last piece of firewood and put it in the shelter? Chopping firewood can be like therapy work, especially if you use a really nice splitting axe like this one made by Blacksmith Erik Blixt (EB) #gransforsbruk #responsiblymadeinsweden 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 🪓 #axe #yxor #outdoors #craftmanship #blacksmith…