Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe




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The Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe was heralded by Ray for many years as "the number one axe choice for Bushcraft", until the release of the new Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe. The Small Forest Axe to this day remains an ever-popular axe and an ideal all-round model recommended by Ray from Swedish company Gransfors, and weighs in at just 1 kg.

Please note that all Gransfors Axes in the Woodlore shop feature the exclusive 'Ray Mears Bushcraft' logo on the handle and not the Gransfors Bruks logo.

Each axe head comes individually stamped with the smith’s initials, while the handle features an exclusive embossed Ray Mears logo.

Each axe is of excellent quality; hand-forged and made using traditional Swedish methods. It is fitted with a 50 cm hickory handle and comes with a leather sheath. The length of the handle means it can be used efficiently with one hand or pressed to bigger jobs with two.

For those of you with an interest in axe-forging or blacksmithing, we recomend taking a look at the Swedish Blacksmithing Book.

Protect your axe head from rust and corrosion by applying a small amount of Camellia Oil to the blade.

Details:

  • Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on handle
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • 50 cm hickory handle
  • Protective leather sheath included
  • 20 year guarantee

NOT AVAILBLE TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18

75 Reviews of: Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe
Average Customer Rating:

Best all-round axe I've owned; a must-have bushcraft tool!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Adam Bowker on 22nd July, 2014
After looking at several other reviews online I decided to go with the small forst axe as the erfect compliment to my kit. It came promptly as expected and was very sharp out of the package! the way I imagine any (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Robert Noel on 21st June, 2014
The Axe arrived in a timely manner and was of a higher quality than I expected. It was a gift for my boyfriend; he is thrilled and excited to use it.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Ginger Stern on 19th June, 2014
Just received this fine tool a few days ago only took a bit over a week from UK to Southern California. I have never before handled an axe with such beautiful balance and fierce bite. The day I got it I (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Terence Onley on 6th June, 2014
As with others who've bought this axe I'm very impressed, and the accompanying book on Gransfors Bruks is fascinating. You get a real feel for the heritage and care that has gone into these axes. If you are wavering about investing in one, don't. Buy one, you won't be disappointed. And as with other items I've bought from Woodlore it arrived well packed and very quickly.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Phil Pickin on 30th May, 2014
I am a camp warden for the scouts, looking after 47 acres of woodland and a young leader mentor. My wife bought the Axe before Christmas; it is the best bit of gear that I have ever had. It's so good, when I showed it to the young leaders they all went out and bought one. Saving up for the Forest Axe next.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Philip Rhodes Jones on 18th May, 2014
Nice weight, sits well in your hand. It will do everything you need it to and its size means it will fit in your backpack.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Thomas Vickers on 13th May, 2014
As with all Woodlore kit I've bought, this arrived very quickly, and well packed. The balance of this axe is perfect, even held in a short grip it feels right. It is sharp when you get it and holds up well. Cuts clean and easily with minimum effort. Expensive? Maybe, but you get what you pay for. This is QUALITY and worth it.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Philip Blanchard on 18th April, 2014
My axe arrived and was ready to go straight out of the box. I have never held an axe of such quality. I believe in investing in a tool for life. The Gransfors axe IS a tool for life!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Andrew Casey on 7th April, 2014
Got my small forest axe, tried it, abused it, couldn't ask anything more. 10 out of 10 - even slept with it :) Delivery was fast, packaging great, overall excellent service.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Sharron I Clark on 22nd March, 2014
Great value, would have liked the RM logo and the GBA logo both on the handle though.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer John Borup on 17th March, 2014
Excellent materials and workmanship with legendary Gransfors hand made quality. This axe will meet your bushcraft needs in all areas. Looking forward to using this axe for many years to come. Shipping to USA was fast with excellent customer service. Highly recommended.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Kenneth Jahn on 26th February, 2014
Sweet bushcraft axe!! Perfect size for your multi-day pack. Handle could have been a little smoother, that will come with age.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer brandon m munsell on 3rd February, 2014
What an axe! It's not cheap but worth every penny.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Edd Pryor on 30th January, 2014
Arrived sooner than expected! On opening the package my initial thought was the handle was a lot thinner than axes that I have used in the past from DIY stores, which is not a criticism just an observation. The grain of the handle is perfectly parallel with the axe blade and hasn't been varnished making it comfortable and easy to grip. On removing the perfectly fitted leather sheath I was also surprised how sharp the blade was on arrival, requiring no sharpening and it maintains its sharpness well after use. Overall I believe that, although slightly pricey (which is why I gave it 4 stars not five), it is an excellent, lightweight axe.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Outdoor-Dave on 28th January, 2014
I purchased this as a gift but when it arrived, changed my mind & kept it! A lovely piece of kit (hint - I stretched a section of old mountain bike inner tube over the handle which has greatly improved the grip).
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Andy Slack on 22nd December, 2013
This is a very good axe. I have only given it 4 stars because I think it's a bit light. However I see that Ray has desinged an axe between the Small Forest and the Scandinavian Forest Axe which I perhaps (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Kenneth John Granger on 22nd December, 2013
Excellent service and an excellent product; well made and well presented with a very good care and use booklet. Very pleased, and nice to own a product that is made with care and supplied with pride.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Richard Paul Hockin on 9th December, 2013
Outstanding quality just as expected, this axe has a great weight and feel to it and is a perfect size for backpacking and making camp.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Simon Turner on 17th November, 2013
Flawless. Enough said.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Sam Keer on 14th November, 2013
Amazing bit of kit. Have used it for wood carving and a day trip in the woodlands of the highlands. Love the axe. Perfect size for the majority of tasks in bushcraft.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Lewis Coles on 19th October, 2013
Bought two of these as gifts; the quality is fantastic, the weight spot on for a portable axe and the balance excellent. Very satisfied.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Edmund Hutton on 15th September, 2013
It's a very nice axe, Very quick delivery. I'm very happy.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Cody Photography, John Cody on 30th August, 2013
I bought this axe to work with and not as a collectors item. It arrived here in Australia two weeks after ordered which is good. It was well packaged and in perfect condition. Arrived yesterday and already put it to a day's (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Branko Jerbic on 30th July, 2013
Fantastic item, years of life and and enjoyment.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Daniel Parsons on 16th July, 2013
A great axe. Lovely for chopping. Cannot say anything about delivery because Russian mail is very slow. Very satisfied.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Sergey Krasnorepov on 7th July, 2013
Quite expensive for an axe as you could could go down B&Q and get something similar for £15-20. But why not get some quality that you will be handing down to your kids and grandchildren. I have used it on hard seasoned logs and it cuts deep as it's super sharp, it keeps its edge so will probably hardly ever need sharpening. Unlike the B&Q version.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Stuart on 26th June, 2013
I have a lot of GB-SFAs, three of them in fact: in my car, at my rural cottage and of course in my backpack. I would say just try using it properly. It depends on how you hold it, how you swing it. I have felt its REAL sharp and power strike only with a lot of experiences. I think this is not a simple axe but a perfect universal axe. In almost all cases I would bring the Small Forest Axe into the woods. Special thanks to the Woodlore shop!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Andrey on 5th June, 2013
Very nice axe. Good weight and balance.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer John Brookes on 2nd June, 2013
This axe is superb. It handles great and is really sharp. You have to put the sheath on and off the axe really carefully or it's going to cut through the leather pretty fast.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Lamovsek Lovro on 11th May, 2013
What could be more exciting than unboxing the axe that I have been waiting for for such a long time. Overall the axe is in perfect condition (very sharp). It has a great leather sheath, also an axe book and Ray Mears Woodlore sticker. Looking forward to doing some chopping and carving with the axe.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Sergey Belyntsev V on 1st May, 2013
I didn't know what a sharp axe meant until this arrived. Use has been modest so far - trimming billets for spoon carving and preparing logs. Although a bit expensive, worth the money.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Arthur Geoffrey Owens on 27th April, 2013
The essential piece of kit for any woodsman, razor sharp out of the box I could literally shave the hair from my arm (also pre-oiled). A dream to use on any wood, debarking, splitting kindle, making tent pegs etc and an impressive 6 days from UK to AU delivery, Recommended buy!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Bezerker Viking on 7th April, 2013
Excellent piece of kit.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Audrey Aikman Glass on 31st March, 2013
Wonderfully balanced, sharp and a joy to use, even on larger logs.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Matthew Bailey on 25th March, 2013
Sharp, bit-to-handle is well aligned, wood grain follows curve of handle very well (as with my GB-branded version of this same axe). Fast shipping to the US, well packed, price comparable to US web prices considering shipping, etc. Ray Mears logo is well executed on the handle. Great balance. Overall excellent. Many thanks!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Michael Kelly on 21st March, 2013
Top quality axe, very sharp and effective. It has that hand-made feel/look that sets it apart from other mass-produced items. Delivery was very quick.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Tim Gilfedder on 21st February, 2013
Excellent.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer B D Campbell on 8th February, 2013
Great axe! Very fast shipping! Number 1 service!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Tamas V on 4th February, 2013
Very satisfied with this axe. The quality is unbeatable. Working with it is such an ease.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Joe Dennehy themountainleader.co.uk on 31st January, 2013
Works great, I tested sticking the axe in large pieces of wood and flipping it over, slamming the back side of the head, and it split them easily. Only thing was it did small amount of damage to the handle, but nothing major just gotta be more careful. I love it! Can't wait to bring it out into the woods.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Steve T Jakala on 29th January, 2013
Husband overjoyed with his birthday present... perfect.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Mrs S C Eardley on 27th January, 2013
Ideal weight to carry in the forest but also good for using at home - chopping wood for wood burner. Well balanced. Not much force needed. Excellent case.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Ruth Gammon on 20th January, 2013
Bought this as a Christmas gift. The recipient was delighted and spent Xmas day showing me how well it chops stuff. Fantastic service and quick delivery; couldn't have asked for more. Thank you.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Ilona Krex on 1st January, 2013
Good price. Fantastic shipping. Kind of wish axe had Gransfors branding as they did make it and it was chosen by Ray Mears to sell ;)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Matthew Oswald on 2nd December, 2012
What a superb piece of craftsmanship. It's wonderful being able to use a handmade tool of such quality. It came shaving sharp and will last a lifetime. Buy once and buy the best. Very fast delivery and excellent service as usual from Woodlore.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Dean Bates on 29th November, 2012
Fantastic product, very strong and easy to sharpen after use. Arrived day after ordered and came out of the box razor sharp. Quality goes hand in hand with the Ray Mears brand. Ill definitely shop here again.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Chris G on 16th November, 2012
Excellent axe, I'm delighted with the quality and fast shipment; I'll be buying more of your products.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Daniel Quinlan on 4th November, 2012
Sensational piece of kit. A must-have for any man. Could not believe how quick the item turned up. I'm super impressed.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Troy Grenfell on 4th November, 2012
Fantastic bit of kit.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Daniel Sutton on 25th October, 2012
Brilliant piece of kit, worth every penny and super fast delivery from Woodlore. Many thanks!!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Paul Dore on 22nd October, 2012
I bought this axe on the recommendation of a friend who runs his own gardening company. A really excellent axe, I have already put it to use felling, stripping, and chopping into firewood a 12m tall tree, it performed brilliantly, as expected. The service and delivery from the Woodlore website was also great.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Edwin Hopper (Shappyhopper) on 9th October, 2012
Brilliant piece of kit. Service was very good - came the next day. Wish I had more money and time to buy and use these superb quality axes. Have added a carpenters axe to my Christmas wish list!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Alastair Smith on 9th October, 2012
Oozing quality from the initial purchase to the item itself. The service from Woodlore is first-rate and above. I used the axe for the first time yesterday, just trimming a log to make a shave horse; perhaps one of the best purchases I've ever made. Highly recommended.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Leigh J Arkwright on 10th September, 2012
Same again - excellent.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Nick Rowe on 6th September, 2012
This axe is everything and more of what I've read, just fantastic. The grain of the handle is almost perfectly straight and the forged head is well oiled and razor sharp with a very high quality sheath. So very well balanced and just the right length for the weekend camper. Only downside of the entire ordering process is that Woodlore should consider using a better quality shipping box, pretty flimsy for overseas travel. All in all, great purchase, thanks RM and Woodlore.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer James L. Mccann on 6th September, 2012
The axe was all I expected it to be, quality through and through. I particularly liked seeing Ray's name stamped on the handle. The only fault - and it was very minor - was that the handle was a little rough. A quick rub with fine abrasive and a wipe with linseed oil put it right and now I have the perfect axe. Many thanks.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Ade Hammond on 4th September, 2012
Amazing tough axe . Gransfors Small Forest Axe. Razor sharp. The right tool for a hunter. Small enough for your backpack but ready for heavy-duty work. I love this axe. Worth the price.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Manuel Pineda Dominguez on 28th August, 2012
Fast delivery once again from Woodlore. Such a well made axe that will be used time and time again!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Simon Mcinerney on 1st August, 2012
The Gransfors axes never disappoint; as I already own 1 I knew exactly what I would get. An axe made to the highest standards. I bought this one as a base camp axe, it's the perfect size for my needs.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Stephen Tisdell on 23rd July, 2012
I have now purchased many products from woodlore including the Morakniv & Morakniv robust bahco laplander saw DC4 diamond ceramic whetstone to mention a few favourites. All superb quality and competitively priced products that perform brilliantly. My latest purchase the Gransfors (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Thomas Alexander Stout on 18th July, 2012
I'm very happy with the axe overall, razor sharp out of the box, nice straight grain in the handle, top quality, the handle only has the Ray Mears Bushcraft logo though, would have also liked the Gransfors Bruks logo on the other side as I have seen with some other axes (a minor point though). Over all brilliant - also the delivery times from UK to Japan were unbelievable - ordered on Saturday night, received the following Friday, and very reasonable shipping rates - fantastic service, I'll be buying more!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Paul Malandain on 13th July, 2012
After a few camping trips and clearing forest last weekend - I'm ready to review it. The first thing I noticed, aside from the very keen edge, is how well balanced the axe is - great for 1 or 2 handed use. No issue cutting/slicing through smaller branches/saplings or felling larger diameter wood with a few strokes. Great weight to length ratio and it fits into my overnight ruck sack easily or can be strapped on. The axe only needed 2-3 strokes on the ceramic after 4 full days of limbing and brush clearing to restore it's razor edge. Conclusion: Nothing wrong; everything right; a real pleasure to use. A++
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Ben on 8th July, 2012
This online store is the easiest way for me to get GB axes. I suppose SFA is a truly versatile axe for backpacking. At first I tried to use GB-Wildlife, GB-HandHatchet, GB-SplittingHatchet and several other hatchets and axes (from Sweden, Finland and Russia), but SFA is more useful for almost all tasks in case I have got only one axe on my belt or in my backpack. Good axes. Good shop. Thanks!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Andrey on 1st July, 2012
Simply unbeatable! Chopped down a 5' tree in my aunt's overgrown garden in 40 seconds. Every part - the axe head, handle and sheath reek of quality. Typical prompt despatch and good protective packing by Woodlore.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Benjamin Soans on 23rd May, 2012
Simply stunning. Something that will last a lifetime and to be passed on to my son for him to use, appreciate and enjoy.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer John Ratcliffe on 1st May, 2012
I cannot believe the service the item arrived less than 24 hours after I ordered it. 'Gransfors Forest Axe' 'Nuff Said'. Thank you.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Marcus Edwards on 22nd July, 2011
I can't say anything about this axe that has not been said before. They are perfectly designed.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Andrew John Noble on 17th June, 2011
A fantastic edition to anybodys Bushcraft kit! I had a smaller axe that I inherited from my Grandfather. It was small and just wasn't up to the chopping and carving tasks wanted from an axe and the blade was very dull! (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Harry Kynaston on 10th May, 2011
Whenever I order from woodlore I know that i'm going to get a quality item and this is no exception. the craftmenship is 1st class, it's razor sharp and well-balanced in the hand, and as always, delivered in super-quick time. Thanks again Woodlore.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Tom Richards on 30th November, 2010
Beautiful tool. The handle is perfectly balanced sliding through the hand like a dream. The head comes razor sharp and is easily maintained that way using the Gransfors Axe Stone, also available to purchase. I bought the Camellia Oil at the same time. If you're going to invest in quality kit you might as well preserve its quality.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Xavier on 10th September, 2010
Amazing bit of kit, as sharp as my Woodlore knife, and a must-have item for any bushcraft/outdoor person. Made light work of spoon, cup and bowl carving.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer wayne sowter on 28th May, 2010
This is an excellent well made and well balanced axe ideal for single handed use if required. I have been using this axe for over a year now and aside from an occasional honing it has remained razor sharp from day 1. Recently when i visited home i was not afraid to employ this axe on a task much larger than it was ever designed for by quartering 2' logs which were badly knotted and it actually out performed my fathers of the shelf american logging axe. A well made tool that deserves a place in any persons toolkit.
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Geoff Dickinson on 30th March, 2010
I have used alot of axes from different manufacturers and can safely say i will be using only Gransfors from this day forward! they are built to last and are extreamly sharp, and stay sharp for long periods. Top notch stuff! Thank you!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Bradley White on 24th March, 2010
I'm totally pleased with the Woodlore team!! I was answered all my questions in a twinkling of an eye so I chose the right thing. The Gransfors Bruks small forest axe is just one perfect tool. It really gives strength in the arm and confidence to the mind! The woodsman's best friend indeed! One big Thank You to the Woodlore team! Keep the spirit alive!
Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe reviewed by customer Ivo Markov on 1st March, 2010
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