Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe




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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

NOT AVAILBLE TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18

17 Reviews of: Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe
Average Customer Rating:

Excellent, timeless piece of kit that will be cared for and handed down to grandchildren.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer David Alton on 21st July, 2014
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.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Jonathan on 17th July, 2014
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.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Andrew Ellison on 14th May, 2014
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!
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Charles M Jeffries on 3rd April, 2014
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.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Craig Allen Rayner on 24th January, 2014
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.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Timothy Maccaw on 11th December, 2013
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 (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Adam on 3rd April, 2013
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.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Stephen Mckenzie on 28th February, 2013
I got this axe in June 2011 so I've had 2 winters to test it out (I live on the Alps and warm up with a wood stove). The axe is not well-finished like the normal run of GFB (we know (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Francesco on 4th January, 2013
Very happy with the arrival of the Ray Mears Wilderness axe. Present is the usual quality of Gransfors axes, but this proved to be awesome since the head weight and helve size match perfectly. Had to agree with R. Mears when said that you'll see and feel the magic quality of weight and length - it makes it a very special axe. It's a great splitting and chopping axe and has a perfect balance. Besides all, it's a great pleasure to do business with Woodlore.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Ramon Reis Assuncao on 4th January, 2013
Nice design features, nice handle and nice head, but I am disappointed in the head to handle fit. It does not fit as well as any of the 7 other Gransfors Bruks axes I have, yet I paid more for this one than any of the others. The head on this one and on my SFA are both stamped AS but the handle to head fit on the SFA is perfect.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Larry Myking on 3rd January, 2013
Recently bought the Ray Mears Gransfors Axe to complete my forest toolkit. I now have the Canvas Carry Case with both the Folding Buck Saw and the Ray Mears Gransfors Axe. Although I have used it only a couple of times to date, I can vouch for the practicality and quality of the toolkit as such. The characteristics of the axe make it a joy to use and it has found a prominent place among my other Gransfors axes. I can only say that if you enjoy working with a fast axe then you should really consider buying one.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer John Van Polanen on 30th October, 2012
The Wilderness Axe is a nice little axe; its extra weight and eye width are instantly noticeable when compared to the Small Forest Axe. I was disappointed with the quality of the axe though, as it had a fair gap between the helve and axe head and also the blade wasn’t 100% straight. Personally I feel an axe of this price should be perfect; I have a few other GBA’s that all are 100% spot on, this shouldn’t be any different. After some searching, it appears fairly common on the Wilderness Axe which, as I’ve already said, is a shame. A lovely axe and these problems don’t affect its use, but still disappointing that some are perfect and others clearly aren’t.
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Tom S on 24th October, 2012
Fantastic tool! The biggest problem with this tool is to work slow as you want to go with the flow you so easily come into. Born and raised in the Norwegian forest, I am well familiar with the Gransfors Bruks quality and as I find Ray Mears' practical thinking close to how I think myself - I had no problem using the extra money on the flight over here - and was not disappointed. Together with the folding bucksaw in it's canvas carry case it's just mouthwatering all the way home to the forest!
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Pål Vosteneoquisnam on 15th August, 2012
I was lucky enough to have tried the Wilderness Axe before I purchased it. My first impressions? I have to have one! I used it to buck a good size sweet chestnut which it coped with the same ease as the (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Adrian Newton on 18th August, 2011
I have to say that I have become deeply smitten with this axe. It is not 'an inbetween' of the SFA and the Scandinavian axe showing different head and helve shapes to those axes. The extra length and weight is noticeable (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Martin Price on 4th May, 2011
I've really enjoyed using this axe so far however I'm still getting used to using it and these are my first impressions: The first thing I noticed was the ease with which it can be used. The length of the helve coupled (continued...)
Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe reviewed by customer Dan Hume on 16th December, 2010
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