Gränsfors Bruk has manufactured hand forged axes since 1902. During all these years, we have continuously developed alongside our competitors. Today there are not that many axe forges left of the traditional kind. Since 2016 Wetterlings Axes belongs to the same company group as Gränsfors Bruk.
Since Wetterlings over the past ten years has faced decreased sales and insufficient profitability, a decision has been made to no longer manufacture axes under the Wetterlings brand. Instead Wetterlings forge will become an additional production site for Gränsfors Bruk.
The two forges have many similarities in the way we forge, grind and fit the axe with a handle. Our choices in material are also equivalent. Right now, the process of transferring Gränsfors Bruk’s way of working to Wetterlings is ongoing. By this act we preserve and develop Wetterlings Axe Forge and we retain the employees’ experience and know-how.
We see great opportunities in this and believe we will be stronger when we cooperate. We will have greater potential and resources to develop our business even further. We will also have the privilege to preserve an important part of Sweden’s craft history by cherishing these cultural sites that our forges are.
Wetterlings Axe Forge and Gränsfors Bruk will hence continue to develop each other. Only now as part of the same team and not as competitors.
Gränsfors, 10 March 2017
Thomas Ericsson Lii Johnson
CEO Gränsfors Bruk Site Manager Wetterlings Axe Forge