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Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe


  EAN 7391765440006
Weight: 2300 g         21 reviews
The Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe is a two-handed traditional Swedish large splitting axe from Gransfors, individually stamped with the maker's initials and also embossed with the exclusive Ray Mears logo.

Please note that this axe features the exclusive 'Ray Mears Bushcraft' logo on the handle and not the Gransfors Bruks logo.

This is a serious splitting axe designed for splitting large chunks of wood. Please note that this model is not designed for pounding on a wedge.

  • Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on handle
  • Head weight: 3 1/2 lb
  • Face: 3"
  • 70 cm hickory handle with circular grooves at the grip
  • Steel collar
  • Protective leather sheath included
  • 20 year guarantee
  • Total weight: 2.3 kg

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


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Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe is rated 5/5 based on 21 customer reviews.

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

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  1 of 21

  The splitting axe is relatively large and heavy. It is a little longer than the Scandinavian Forest Axe and, at approximately 2.5kg (which is the weight of my example), considerably heavier (my Forest Axe weighs about 1.3kg). The origin of the axe head, Gransfors Bruk, is clearly shown, along with the maker's initials. The Ray Mears Bushcraft logo is on the handle. The profile of the head is different from that of a cutting axe. The poll is wider and the cheeks are clearly concave. The axe also has a metal collar around its shoulder. I found the splitting power surprising. I was soon able to proceed with splitting a pile of knotty laburnum rounds from an old and damaged tree, a task which had been beyond my capabilities with the Forest Axe. Although I managed this I discovered that I had to concentrate on ensuring that the blade was properly aligned with the plane of my swing. It is a little more difficult to judge than with a cutting axe because the poll tends to obscure the head from view during that swing. I had thought that I could judge this from the back face of the poll, but actually that is not quite at right angles to the plane of the head. So I learnt to look at the bit and ensure that my grip was correctly positioned before starting work. Having split a tree from my garden I moved on to using the axe with large and rather dry rounds from a grand fir. These were almost as large as the chopping block, which came from the base of another and much bigger laburnum. This took more effort and determination, but split well. It was a task that had previously been completely beyond me. I also tried it splitting relatively long portions of birch, going in from the side and using one hand on the axe handle and the other on one end of the birch stem. The technique for this is clearly explained in the DVD set of Series Two of Ray Mears Bushcraft Survival, on the second disc. It worked very well for this and at last allowed me to start drying stems of birch that had been languishing for some time. The oils in the bark of birch protect the wood from easy drying, so splitting it is especially important for seasoning. I noticed that the bit needed a little sharpening, and that after this it was easier to get correct alignment for the initial penetration of the bark. In summary, the axe is an excellent tool for splitting, probably better suited to the needs of a base camp or home than for camping on the move.  

  Steve S.
2nd June, 2023

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 21

  I have a Gransfors small forest axe and also the wildlife hatchet, but wanted something with a little more splitting power for larger logs at home. Well… I certainly found it, this maul is a serious splitter. It’s a lot of mass to swing after using a small forest axe, but the weight of the axe does all the work here. The usual Gransfors quality of course and well worth the price. The metal collar is useful to prevent damage to the handle. I also appreciate having one that carries the Ray Mears Logo.  

  Ian R
30th December, 2022

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 21

  A very nice and well made Splitting axe. It is very nice to handle and is extremely efficient. A pleasure to use.  

  Rob @ M Machine,
13th May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 21

  This Gränsfors Bruks Axe is Excellent. The quality is superb. I have found it very easy to split our logs as a novice. Not only it is a quality tool but the company ethos of being responsible for the total, to take less/waste less fits with my respect for our natural resources. Also, the professional finish even down to the stamping of the initials of the smith who made it, and a twenty year guarantee.  

  Amanda Sweet
3rd August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 21

  I have purchased numerous things over the years from this site and always have received good service, the axe is perfect, you can tell quality when you use it, can be used one handed. I have a lot of rubbish wood with high sapp content and is a mare to split, full of knots this makes easy splitting, pay the extra and feel the difference.  

  Ian Patterson
2nd March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 21

  This axe is a joy to use, certainly in comparison to the very much cheaper splitting axe I bought from Amazon last year. It's beautifully balanced and thus easy to handle, and spectacularly sharp. I felled and bucked three dead trees, and then split the logs in no time at all and with much less effort than it usually takes me. Highly recommended.  

  Adrian Weale
30th May, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 21

  My son Jamie requested this as a birthday present, we tested it on some logs immediately and found it to be perfect for the job. Jamie went on a Scandinavian holiday with Ray Mears and was informed about the quality of Gransfors Bruks hand forged axes. He already has several others in the set. Regards Richard Webb.  

  Richard Webb
3rd May, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 21

  Fantastic piece of kit, not too heavy and splits the logs with ease. Great service from Woodlore.  

  Gareth Crosbie
11th March, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 21

  Splitting wood has never been such a pleasure ... Not only is this axe a work of art, its weight and balance is perfect. The addition of a metal collar which protects the handle near the axe head ensures longevity. Splitting wood is almost effortless regardless of your height, build and strength. Highly recommend to anyone! 'Splits wood like a demon!'  

  Suzy Kraike
3rd January, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 21

  I've split over 3 cubic meters of logs in two weeks and the axe is still sharp. The weight of the axe head, the extra shield of metal below the head, and the length of the all wood handle make this the perfect axe for log splitting. I would highly recommend it.  

17th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

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Does this axe come supplied with a leather sheath?

Yes, all axes by Gransfors Bruks come fitted with a leather sheath.

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