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How long has Gränsfors Bruk produced axes?
The company has produced axes since 1902. See also the section on the company´s history.
What are the opening hours for the axefactory, the axemuseum and the axeshop?
The axefactory and the axeshop is open for visitors on weekdays between 09.00 – 15.00. The axemuesum is open for visitors on weekdays between 10.00 – 15.00.
How do I get to Gränsfors?
See the section on getting to Gränsfors Bruk.
What more can be done in the village Gränsfors and its vicinity?
In Gränsfors vicinity there are a number of attractions, such as Gränsfors Bruks axemuseum, Gränsfors flowerpot factory, ski resorts, etc. See also the section on Gränsfors village.
How do I find the nearest retailer?
See the section on retailers.
How should the axe be stored? Temperature? Humidity?
The axe should be stored in a dry place at normal room temperature and humidity. If the teperature is to high, the head can drought and lose its grip to the handle. If the humidity is to high, the axe can easily rust.
How should I sharpen my axe?
See the section on sharpening.
How do I change the handle on my axe?
See the section on fitting an axe with a handle.
How do I use a throwing axe?
See the section on axethrowing.
How big should the chopping block be? How should it be placed?
See the section on log splitting.
Can I send the axe to Gränsfors Bruk for regrinding and/or to change the handle?
Unfortunately we do not accept axes for regrinding and/or changing the handles, that are send to us. Are you though planning to visit us and see our production, we are usually able to help you with both regrinding and changing the handle for a small fee.
I want to learn more about the axes. Is there any more literature on the subject?
See the section on literature.
Do I need to treat the axe head or the handle with any oil? Which oil should I use on the axe head and the handle?
To keep the axe in a better shape and keep the rust away, you may treat the axe head and the handle with some oil. In general it´s hard to say when you have to do this since this is very individual and it all depends on how long you have had your axe and how you have had it stored. For the axe head you can probably use any oil, everything from cooking oil to engine oil. The most common is probably W40 or a thin oil, like sewing machine oil. For the handle you can use teak oil or any other oil for wood - such as boiled linseed oil diluted with for example gum turpentine.
How should the head of the Gränsfors Splitting Maul and Gränsfors splitting wedge be maintained? What happens when steel strikes steel?
If a steel axe head is struck against timber, there is very little risk of the steel being deformed or damaged. If an axe head is struck against another steel object such as a steel splitting wedge, on the other hand, the steel surfaces which strike one another are affected. An axe designed only for chopping (such as a forest axe), which does not have a large splitting head, will crack if its head is struck against steel. Only a splitting maul, with a large head and filed edges on the head, should be used when working together with a steel splitting wedge. But even the head on a splitting maul and a steel splitting wedge will be affected and deformed when steel strikes steel. There are a number of variables which alter how steel is affected when steel strikes steel:
- Type of steel (ductile or less ductile).
- Whether or not the steel (e.g. the axe head) is hardened – the hardness.
- The shape of the steel surface – flat, convex or concave, filed edges.
- The mass of the two steel bodies – how large they are.
- The force of the blow.
- How firmly the receiving steel is mounted in its base – what resistance.
How long have people been using axes?
About 1 million years. See also the section on the history of the axe?
Which axe should I choose?
See the section on choosing an axe.
How are Gränsfors Bruks axes produced?
See the section on production.
Am I allowed to see the production?
Of course, you are welcome to visit us and see how we manufacture our axes. We are open to visitors weekdays between 9:00 - 15. 00. See also the section on getting to the Gransfors Bruk.
Are all axes from Gränsfors Bruk produced in Sweden?
Yes, all Gränsfors Bruk axes are produced in Sweden in Gränsfors. See also the section on production.
Where can I find specific information about the size and weight of Gränsfors Bruks axes?
See the section on products.
What is the difference between Gränsfors Bruks four splitting axes?
See the section on splitting axes, under products.
What is the difference between Gränsfors Bruks Broad Axee Model 1700, 1800, 1900? Which of the variants of the model 1900 should I choose?
See the section on Log-Building and Carpentry Tools, the products.
What is the difference between natural stone and ceramic stone? Which should I choose?
The stones are very similar and it does not really matter which stone you use. The Natural stone is made of sandstone from the Swedish island Gotland, the Ceramic stone is composed of ceramic abrasive. See also the sections on other axe products.
Gränsfors Large Carving axe can be sharpened in various ways. Why and what’s the difference?
See the section on Gränsfors Large Carving Axe, under products.
What size of Straight Adze and Gutter Adze should I choose? How do I use each axe?
See the section on Log-Building and Carpentry Tools, under products.
How big should the target be, for the Double bit axe?
See the section on Double Bit Axes, under product.
Which type of steel are the axes made of and where does the steel come from?
The steel Gränsfors Bruks is using, is specifically developed to work well for axe production. The steel should not be too hard, nor too soft and ductile. The exact description is a secret. Gränsfors Bruks is using steel from the Swedish steel company Ovako, where the steel is derived entirely from recycled scrap. See also the section on materials.
What kind of wood is Gränsfors Bruks using in their handles?
Gränsfors Bruks handles are made of Hickory. See also the section on materials.
Is there a warranty on Gränsfors Bruks axes?
Yes, Gränsfors Bruk leaves 20 years warranty on all axes. The warranty includes the axe head, but not the handle or the leather sheet. See also the section on production.
What will happen if my handle or my lether sheet will be damaged?
It is possible to buy new handles and lethter sheets via Gränsfors Bruks retailers. See also section on retailers.
It looks like a crack on the bottom of the axe, nere the axe eye. Is that dangerous and will the axe break?
No, there is no crack in the strict sense, it just looks that way. This phenomenon has occurred when the hole of the head has been forged and then compressed a bit when the shape of the head has been made. It is no rupture and the axe will not break.
The handle is loose. Is it possible to fix? How do I fix it?
Since wood is a living material, the handle can shrink and get loose if the axe has been stored for a long period in the warm environment. It is quite easy to change a handle. See the section fitting an axe with a handle.
The venation of the handle can vary. How much variation in the direction of the grain should it be, and has it any affect on the function or durability?
The venation may sometimes vary slightly between the handles. It´s normal since wood is a living material. It is hard to say how much the variation should be, but all axes that Gränsfors Bruk sell has a variety that is controlled and approved. The variation has very little effect concerning the function and the durability of the handle.
Are there any courses at Gränsfors Bruk?
Yes, during the summer we organize courses in blacksmithing and carpentry. See also the section on courses.
How many languages are the Axe Book on and how do I order it?
The Axe Book is available in eight languages. Swedish, English, German, French, Dutch, Polish, Russian and Japanese. The Axe Book can be read and downloaded from Gränsfors Bruks website, and purchased via Gränsfors Bruks retailers. See also the section on The Axe Book.
Why is the axe head labeled with two letters?
The letters stands for the smith's initials. When the blacksmith is pleased with his/her craftsmanship and thinks that the axe is well made, he/she accepts the axe with his/her initials. Thanks to the initials you can always go back and see who the person is who has made the axe. See also the section on production.
How do I know that I have a genuine Gränsfors axe? Which label should be on the axe?
The axe should be marked with "Gränsfors Bruks crown mark" and "the blacksmith own initials” on one side of the head, and the label "Gränsfors Bruks Sweden"on the other side. To ensure that the axe is a genuine axe, it should also be purchased by one of the retailers find on Gränsfors Bruks website. See also the Section retailers.
Is it possible to make a special order on an axe, after a drawing, sketch, photo or old model?
Unfortunately we are not able to produce special orders. See also the section on products.
Can I order directly from you? Do you have an online store? Which retailer is reputable?
Gränsfors Bruk do not sell directly to the end consumer. We recommend the retailers listed on our website. See also the section retailers.