Gransfors Bruks – Small Forest Axe review and demonstration

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Published on July 2, 2016

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The Gransfors Bruks small forest axe is an axe that is loved by many in the outdoor community. At only 19 inches long and roughly 2-3 pounds (1.5lbs of which is in the head itself), this is a very packable axe for hikers, backpackers, bushcraft, and campers. The handle is solid hickory and comes with a pre-drilled hole in the butt of the handle to add a wrist strap or to hang etc.

Each axe from Gransfors Bruks is hand made by skilled blacksmiths. The axe comes with a beautiful full-grain leather sheath as well as the Gransfors “Axe Book”, and a full 20 year warranty.

I will say that this particular axe is a bit on the pricey side. BUT if you can afford it, it is more than worth it (I had to save up for a while 🙂 . Gransfors’ axe’s are a work of art and have been known to stay in the families of those who love the outdoors. Each axe is stamped with the initials of the blacksmith who forged the axe.

Out of the box this axe was razor sharp and could easily create feathersticks for lighting fires with. It also chops through appropriate-sized wood like a charm.

Again, I can’t recommend this axe enough for bushcrafters, backpackers or other woodsmen/women who need a bomb-proof axe to depend upon in the woods.

In this video I give an overview of the axe and give you a very up-close view of the entire thing. I then go on to demonstrate some of its capabilities right out of the box.

Feel free to comment if you own a product by Gransfors. They are a top-notch company when it comes to these kinds of products and I already have my eye on a few other tools for other miscellaneous projects in the woods.

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  1. where can you get this axe for $130 or less im 14 and i dont want to waste my money this answer could be very helpful ! thank you

  2. Please don't use a paracord wrist strap it's a perfect way to get an axe in the chest. If you swing and it slips from your hand you want it as far away from you as possible not swinging back towards you on a piece of string.

  3. m4life

    "David's Passage" sounds like a proctology video!

  4. Nice Axe. I've got the wilderness hatchet but was considering upgrading to this.

  5. I've been eyeing the Gransfors small Gutter Adz. Very nice piece of gear. If weight was no issue, a curved adz would always be part of bushcrafting kit. As a carpenter I tend to pick my BC gear according to tools that can accomplish many tasks, but do so in a more precise manner. I'm sure a some bushcrafters may not agree with my choice, but my main workhorse knife is a Pro Tools Woodsman Pal Chisel Knife. I can do anything with it that I can do with a BC knife; but you can't make beautiful and accurate straight cuts and wood joints with a regular knife. I carry an opinel for food prep, and a whittling knife for fine work. I pack either my Gransfors Scandinavian Axe or my Cold Steel Pipe Hawk, depending on my whim.

  6. It makes it very "portable" was the word you were looking for mate. A very nice axe BTW. Thanks for sharing its details and your thoughts on it. This one is on my to-get list.

  7. Anybody have experience with this and fatwood? I've damaged blades (I don't have an axe) like machetes by chopping fatwood and don't want to do the same with this.

  8. I would love to buy it but last year to this year it's shot up $150

  9. The thing with axes is the same thing with all woodworking tools.It all depends on what you want to do with it! .Ive owned a Gransfors bruks large forest axe for about 10 years or more. ( Ive also owned and used a few other axes and mauls and wedges of theirs each i find serves its purpose).It does everything i ask it to do, beautifully.It rides in my truck and i never go anywhere without it.I live in the wilds of British columbia canada. Here we have BIG trees. If i wanted to fell a BIG tree id use a big axe!….or more likely a big chainsaw lol….But if i get stuck out in the bush at night for whatever reason and my chainsaws out of gas…this axe is going to get me a fire and shelter sorted in no time!.and when im doing my firewood i use this axe to limb the felled tree before bucking it with my chainsaw.Its blade is designed to cut cross grain and this it does to perfection.Bottom line its also beautiful design.The hunting axe is my all time fav tho.For an axe lover Gransfors Bruks is the way to go.

  10. Great Video, David, , ,

  11. When you were chopping. That's what I'm talking about. That's why my little heavier Iltis Oxhead (German made) also I found out their in partnership with Stihls ? it really shines.

  12. Yeah alot of people say, Boy am I glad I got this one because now I can use it because of a saw. Well I believe in the right tool for the right jib, I use a Axe and Saw in conjunction together with my Belt Knife. Whether I carry a Sholder Sling or a 3-5 day Backpack I carry my Majors on my Survival Belt (for example). My Rodent 5 in a Dangler Leather Sheath, my 2Hawks Double Bit Hatchet, and my Wicked Tough Saw. Horsce Kephart once said get the best you can afford if one day your life may depend on it. I guess I'm just lucky. But then I didn't go out and buy all of them at one time, it took me a while of trail and error. Oh also I carry a Pouch for my Necessaries (compass, firestarters, and first aide etc.) and if I leave camp I put a canteen and pack some energy bars. Being dressed for the weather is important. Also in my pack(s) I just got a bodybag stay warm type cover (look into that it can save your life). But I don't think having the right tool for the job is wrong, mine are compact and comfortable that I can wear them all with N/P.

  13. Say Heah David, I have a Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe and Yeah Its one of my Fav's. and for on person carry when I'm scouting new areas I love my 2Hawks Double Bit Hatchet. If I know I will be processing more wood my 2Hawks Warbeast with its three sharp edges is simply awesome. I also have a Mini Norlund that needs a new handle but it looks very promising too, the head is in mint condition. and I have three different size Estwings and I like them too because you can beat on them in camp and they can take it and great for making kindling for camp fires. I also had a Iltis Oxhead hanged on a 19" White Hickory Handle I knew it was a heavy head, mine has a 5" face and I don't think it's no longer made because I can't find any info on it, I can find 6" face but no 5" face. Anyhow I was a little disappointed because it's too heavy to on person carry and basically that's what I wanted a compact on person carry, and everybody told me the head belong on a longer handle (heft). I finally figured out how to carry it, I carry it over my sholder reasonably well. But where it shines, It's weight does alot of the work for me. I saw logs about 3"-4"+ and about 12"-14"+ long logs and all I do is start it into one of those logs and with a hammering motion I hammer through the log to kindle size, Blip, Blap, Blam it's that simple. I alway's thought a large knife was safer, maybe it is I dunno know. this new way of mine which I saw William Collins do is quite simple and safe, again I just hammer right through the log standing upwards it makes short work of it, I can use basically all my axe using that technique,. But the Iltis is becoming my Fav's because it does the best job and it's saves energy prolly because of the weight (2 1/2lbs- 2 3/4lbs approx.). But Yeah its a keeper now where I was almost disappointed because of its weight. That's what I'm talking about, Thanx for sharing one of my Fav's the Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe.

  14. I just wanted to say that you've done such a nice review there! You've got a really nice engaging, therapeutic kinda style! I could while away hours watching your material.
    All the best mate.

  15. Thank you for a very informative review if one appreciates quality then the cost seems to be not such a significance.

  16. in sweden this axe is not all that expensive.

    Around 80-100$ depending on where you get it.

    But thats not too much for a very high quality Axe.

  17. Imho the Gransfors are overpriced. My friend had one and had to send it back cause the metal was not properly hardened. The cutting edge was way to soft and bend after use. Also the leather sheath is not very impressive for that price range. I went with the Husqvarna which is much better priced, with an awesome thick wildleather sheath, and well hardened. Splits like crazy and holds an edge very long. Easy to sharpen to razor sharpness. Love that one, have it for 3 years now and will pass it on to my son when i am gone.

  18. Excellent review, thanks for posting!

    I've got the GB wildlife hatchet and have decided to invest in the small forest axe too. Just superb, really incredibly well made products. The extra money spent is so worth it.

    I've picked up some grain leather offcuts to make collars for both GB tools, as the paracord wrap is a bit fiddly and tends to come off very easily. 

  19. Busy restoring my vintage GBA axe – pre smith initial stamp. 2.5 pound head, closest to the modern GBA forest axe. Great axes!

  20. I have a question: I'm deciding between the small forest axe but since i'm 14 and don't really have a steady income do you think it would be worth it to just get a wetterling or a hultafors bruk or should i just save up the money and get a gränsfors? I know Husqvarna has a model which i already own i just want to try some other axes as well.

  21. pretty big price difference , when I bought mine it cost around 80 dollars. But I live in Sweden so I guess the big price difference is because the shipping. If u buy another one in the future check on a swe site and see if they can ship it to you, might get cheaper that way not sure though, but worth checking. And btw nice video I liked it!(sorry for the bad English, it is not my mother language)

  22. Hey bro. I have 5 G B axes and I've never saw the piece of metal on the top
    It looks like a large staple. It kinda ruins the look. What is that ? Just wondering. Thanks 

  23. I started into Wood Working ..means go to forest , looking for dead wood , no cutting living trees , there are so much really good wood to work with , and the next is a good Axe , Granfors looks REALLY Great

  24. The two things I don't like about GB are the price and the weight. Too expensive and too lightweight.

  25. PLEASE PLEASE  Never put your foot on the log you are working on. I learned this the hard way as a 12 year old . Almost lost my big toe as the razor sharp axe glanced off of the wood and struck my tennis shoe.  Liked your presentation tho'
    Thanks from North Texas

  26. I have an SFA as well and love it. I think it's got to be the most common bushcraft axe around these days, actually. I agree with you on what it can and can't do. That Warranty is only on the head, IIRC. But the way I see it, a wooden-helved axe is going to lose the handle some day. That just means you've used the axe well.  And then a new handle goes on and you're right back to the outdoors.

    EDIT: Oh, subbed by the way. I also tossed a 'like' at your Facebook page.

  27. Rob W

    Good review, thank you for posting this. I've been eyeballing these axes for a while and they seem to really be worth it.

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