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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe with Gransfors Logo

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe with Gransfors Logo


  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 1100 g         29 reviews
The Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is a classic tool of the outdoors, and remains the best-selling model from the revered Gransfors range. Thanks in large part to its longstanding reputation for reliability, ease of use and superb build quality, it is arguably the most popular axe in the world of bushcraft. Indeed, Ray Mears heralded this model as "the number one axe choice for bushcraft" for many years, until the release of the Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe collaboration in 2010.

The Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is an excellent all-round choice for woodworking in the outdoors. It features a larger head and longer handle than the Wildlife Hatchet model, and therefore provides more chopping power. However, the Small Forest Axe is still small enough to fit into a rucksack.

The Small Forest Axe is excellent for felling trees and limbing, and the length of the handle means that it can be used efficiently with one hand or pressed to bigger jobs with two.

Each axe is forged using traditional methods in the same factory, situated in the Swedish village of Gränsfors. As a guarantee of quality, each axe head is individually stamped with the smith’s initials.

  • Original Gransfors Bruks logo on handle
  • Protective vegetable-tanned leather sheath included
  • Comes complete with a copy of the Gransfors Axe Book
  • 20 year guarantee
  • 49 cm hickory handle
  • Weight: 900 g

  Under UK law, this item can only be sold to persons over 18 years of age. Woodlore will need to verify your age before your order is dispatched. From January 2020 age will be checked on delivery. This item cannot be delivered to a locker.


  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  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 at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free 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.

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

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


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

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

Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe with Gransfors Logo is rated 5/5 based on 29 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 29

  I researched this product for a long time! I have always been a fan of Ray! In my opinion the axe I purchased is a quality product and to me it's more than a tool!! It's a thing of beauty I would highly recommend the Small Forest Axe as a generic bushcraft axe! Will definitely be making many more purchases.  

  Andy Baker
11th May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 29

  Great quality axe and does what it says on the tin, however shaft of the axe required the removal of raised grain refinishing with linseed oil also the axe shaft had a smell of fish what I can only imagine to have been treated with flaxseed oil that being said very happy with the product after a small amount of rework which I happen to enjoy anyway, Would 100 recommend  

  Daniel Emmett
6th December, 2020

Rated: 4/5

  3 of 29

  Excellent Gransfors axe, excellent service.  

19th August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 29

  A wonderfully versatile axe. Quality product with quality service from Woodlore.  

  Steven King
6th August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 29

  Awesome and must have item. Great material and beautiful crafting.  

13th June, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 29

  Great service from Woodlore as always and received the axe in 24 hours. I have tried it out and I'm more than happy with it. The cutting edge was sharp and I didn't need to refine it. I like how the smith puts his initials on the head after he has made the axe and satisfied with its quality. The handle feels good in the hand when working with it. Gransfors Bruks are like the Rolls Royce of axe makers and this tool has to be used with respect and looked after. I also enjoyed reading the axe-book that came with it. My wife bought this axe for me as a gift (having had my old one for over 30 years). A great and fine item. Thanks to G.B. and Woodlore.  

  John Wind De Leigh
13th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 29

  Good work by Gransfors' smith MF.  

  Khwanchai Juangngoo
7th March, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 29

  Love the axe. Already used it on an overnight bushcraft trip and it was all I hoped for. Came very sharp and lived up to the hype.  

  William Branham
2nd January, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 29

  Service was perfect and all delivery etc was quick. My girlfriend purchased the axe and said the service was “amazing”. The axe - the handle grain was very good, well within the acceptable variance from perfect. GB states it has been dipped in linseed oil and then beeswax. I’m not an expert but it seemed a very light coat if any at all which was fine for me as I wanted to apply my own oil and wax. It took coats on very well. Very small ding or two in the handle, sanding marks etc but a beautiful handle over all. GB seems to have changed how they hang the handle as this does not have the three leg metal pin holding the wedge I’ve seen in other GB axes. There were a few gaps between the head and the handle on the bottom but I would expect this from a hand forged tool and filled them with beeswax. The sheath - it’s a very nice sheath though I do think it felt like a thinner, lighter leather is used compared to a friends older axe. Still feels and looks of a very good quality. The head - looking at the blade I noticed there were two very small chips and the blade edge is not a perfect grind. I checked the edge with my thumb and it felt quite sharp though. Gave it the arm hair test and it shaved it clean! So..can’t complain there. Overall - very pleased with the site, impressed in fact. Very happy with the product though I do feel perhaps some standards of GB have changed to meet demand. Would still buy another one today and have already started looking at their splitting mail. I would definitely buy from Woodlore and the Ray Mears site again.  

  Ray Morris
1st January, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 29

  Love my new axe. Well balanced and made. Great service.  

  Canadian Lost In London
31st October, 2018

Rated: 5/5

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