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  • To remove the stresses in the steel caused by the forging and hardening, the steel needs to be annealed, which involves keeping the axe heads in an oven at 195°C for 60 minutes. The hardness of the steel depends chiefly on its carbon content, but also on the annealing temperature. Oil or lead can be…

  • After forging, the focus turns to grinding and sharpening the edge. The rest of the axe head is left just as it is. After coarse grinding, the edge is hardened by heating it to 820°C and then rapidly cooling it in cold water. The hardening makes the steel much harder, but also rather brittle. #gransforsbruk…

  • For Gränsfors axes we use a specially alloyed steel with a high carbon content. The steel is heated to around 1200°C, at which point the steel turns a reddish yellow. The smith takes a cut-off piece of glowing steel in his tongs and works it in a large press. The press operates at a rate…

  • On the axe head of all our axes you can see the initials of the smith (this one is made by JB, Jonas Berglund). This mark works as a declaration that the axe has been well made and approved by the smith. If you like your axe, comment below and tell us the initials of…

  • Check regularly that the axe handle is secure in the axe head. An axe handle, whether fixed with a wedge or glue, may come loose if the axe has been fitted with a handle that has not been dried properly. For us it´s important to make sure that all our axes come with properly dried…

  • It is important that you take care of your axe. Axe heads are forged for cutting or carving. Only the poll of a Splitting Maul is strong enough for hammering in a wedge, for example. Do not use other axes as a sledgehammer or wedge. If you hammer too hard on or with an axe,…

  • It is important that you take care of your axe. If you take good care of your axe and maintain it, it can last your entire life. Axes should be kept in a dry place, but not so dry or warm that the handle risks shrinking in the axe head. Make sure that the edge…

  • The Gränsfors Wildlife Hatchet is a traditional scouting and camping axe. It is practical for carrying in your rucksack when you need a small axe with plenty of power. The axe is capable of lopping off quite large branches or splitting small logs for the campfire. Do you carry an axe with you when you…

  • Gränsfors Forest Axes are made to be used in the forest for everything from felling large trees to limbing small logs. The various Forest Axes are designed to suit a specific function, and many of the models have been developed in collaboration with specialists and professionals. Hunters, forest workers, fishermen, hikers and survival experts have…

  • Gränsfors Splitting Axes are, as the name suggests, made to split wood. When splitting wood, the handle is put under great strain at the axe head, as the handle can easily hit the log being split. All Gränsfors Splitting Axes therefore come with a metal collar to protect the handle. The handle is also grooved…

  • All the axes produced by Gränsfors Bruk are forged by hand. This is something that sets Gränsfors Bruk’s axes apart from axes made on an industrial scale. At Gränsfors Bruk, the forging is allowed to take its time. #gransforsbruk #madeinsweden #axes #yxor

  • Gränsfors Wildlife Hatchet, great photo by @thetrekkingbear 🌲 What’s your favourite axe? #gransforsbruk #axes #yxor