When the axe has been sharpened, we dip the axe head in a water-resistant anti-rust oil. The head is left to dry slightly, then it is time to attach the handle. We fix the handle into the axe head using a pneumatic press and secure it with a wooden wedge.
Gränsfors Bruk’s handles are all made of hickory, an excellent wood for this purpose as it is strong and flexible, with long fibres.
Only our splitting axes feature a small steel wedge. Since these axes are used with greater force, the steel wedge acts as extra security to prevent the axe head from loosening from the handle.