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Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe
Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe

£115.00
 Weight: 1494 g        

The Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe is an exclusive collaboration between Ray Mears and the Swedish company Gransfors Bruks. After years of designing, testing and refining, Ray and the Woodlore team are extremely excited to unveil this unique signature model; in Ray's words, it's the 'Small Forest Axe Plus'.

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Further Information

The Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe is an exclusive collaboration between Ray Mears and the Swedish company Gransfors Bruks. After years of designing, testing and refining, Ray and the Woodlore team are extremely excited to unveil this unique signature model; in Ray's words, it's the 'Small Forest Axe Plus'.

While many Gransfors axes are forged en masse in large presses, the Wilderness Axe is produced in small quantities by Gransfors' experienced blacksmith, who work by hand with a traditional hammer press. Thanks to the use of this press from the 1940's, the production looks the same as it would have done back then.

Upon its release in December 2010, Ray sat down with us for an interview on this new axe, answering questions on its design, purpose and benefits over other models available today. An excerpt of this is shown below; to read the full interview, please visit the Ray Mears Wilderness Axe Interview on the Woodlore Blog.

What were your main goals when you set out to design this axe?

A good axe needs a combination of many features, but most importantly, it needs the right weight balanced with the right length of handle. There will always be a compromise between a small, portable hatchet and a large axe more suitable for felling; the Small Forest Axe is great, but it is lacking in weight and length for good splitting and chopping. I wanted an axe that was a little bit longer, better to swing with two hands, with a heavier head.

So what is it that makes the head of this axe so special?

It’s been designed to give real bite. The weight of the head combined with its size makes it a little more potent to use - you can split wood with it one minute and then use it for carving the next.

And what's different about the handle?

The length is different, which is critical to the functionality of the axe. The handle is long enough, and the head heavy enough, so that the head is doing all the work. This means that your muscles can instead focus on guiding the axe, making it a much safer axe to use. The length of the helve, in balance with the weight of the head, is designed to give perfect balance. It’s a mix between the Gransfors Scandinavian Axe and the Small Forest Axe, but there is real magic in it; anyone who uses it will see and feel the magic quality of weight and length - it makes it a very special axe.

What would you say are the ideal uses of this axe?

Anything you have to be able to do in the woods – felling trees, chopping dead trees that have blocked a portage trail, splitting, carving, fashioning a canoe paddle - but it does require expertise to use it well and these things take a long time to learn...

Details:

  • Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on handle
  • Head weight: 0.8 kg
  • Total weight: 1.4 kg
  • 60 cm hickory handle
  • Protective leather sheath included
  • 20-year guarantee

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  Delivery in 1-2 days (within UK)
  Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination


Please note that our offices are closed on weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days

Returns

If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
Etchingham
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

  A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 14 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods.

Product Reviews

There are 19 reviews of the Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe

  1 of 19

  I already have two of the Gransfors splitting axes which are excellent, but wanted an axe for using in the woods. The day I got it I used it to limb and split some Eucalyptus that I had cut down in the garden. The axe felt very balanced and I was able to use it one handed as well as two handed with no problems. Am looking forward to using it in the woods come the Autumn.  

  Timothy Brewer
1st September, 2014

  2 of 19

  I salivated over this axe for months and got it as a birthday gift. This axe is the finest axe I have ever used, it's perfect! The handle is gorgeous and the axe head is a work of art in itself. Razor sharp, literally shaved my arm hair from the start, and holds an edge well. I took down some standing dead trees today with ease. I will NEVER go to the woods without this axe and look forward to collecting more of the Gransfors Bruks axes as family heirlooms. I plan to build a log cabin and know exactly who I will be turning to for the tools.  

  Joshua Enyart
9th August, 2014

  3 of 19

  Excellent, timeless piece of kit that will be cared for and handed down to grandchildren.  

  David Alton
21st July, 2014

  4 of 19

  Good quality axe like the rest of Gransfors Bruks axes. Head is a lot heavier, and broader. Realy strong and sturdy. Worth the money in my opinion. They're a one off so why not. There's a good length to it aswell. Pure quality, sure what else would you expect.  

  Jonathan
17th July, 2014

  5 of 19

  Arrived very quickly and, like all Gransfors axes, razor sharp out of the packaging. Fantastic for shelter building and processing timber, yet nimble enough for fine carving. My new go-to axe. Thanks Ray.  

  Andrew Ellison
14th May, 2014

  6 of 19

  Excellent Axe. The one sent to me is more refined looking than the one in the pictures, no rough corner angles. Razor sharp. I was able to fell a 7 inch tree in my back yard easily with this and I limbed the tree in no time. After I bucked the tree, I used the axe to split logs easily. I can't wait to take this out hiking/camping/hunting!  

  Charles M Jeffries
3rd April, 2014

  7 of 19

  Now this Ray Mears Wilderness axe is absolutely brilliant, thanks to Ray's design and years of experience. I have used this axe already and know why Ray said this has a magical feel when using it, you are a genius. I have used plenty of axes over the years, but they cannot be compared to this axe, or the other Gransfors axes as a matter of fact. Love it.  

  Craig Allen Rayner
24th January, 2014

  8 of 19

  An excellent weight for single handed use per Ray Mears instructions videos. Together with the buck saw and its case which takes the axe as well, they make a very neat, light package.  

  Timothy Maccaw
11th December, 2013

  9 of 19

  Having used a Small Forest Axe for about 10 years I fully support this brand... However, the axe I have received is certainly not perfect nor what I expected for the money. The design of the axe is excellent, from the extra weight and wider wedge shape in the head to the very clever changes to the handle shape, just where you would hold it for single-handed carving. The axe splits, carves and hues very well. For this price I did not expect the following problems though: Firstly the axe cover is very tight, so much so that it will need replacing as it is only a matter of time before the axe cuts through it. Secondly the profile on the face of the axe is not the expected continuous curve, it seems to have flat spots in it. Finally the handle has sections that needed sanding due to splinters raising in the grain prior to any oil being applied. Overall a good axe let down by fit and finish, unlike my SFA which was perfect out of the box.  

  Adam
3rd April, 2013

  10 of 19

  So far, I have used this axe once on a hiking trip, was pleasantly surprised that it just fit into my 33l rucksack, saving on taking a larger one. The axe itself performed extremely well, with very little effort on my part for most of the work. Very pleased with this purchase.  

  Stephen Mckenzie
28th February, 2013



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