Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft  

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe


  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         157 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.

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

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.

  • Exclusive Ray Mears Bushcraft 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. Please note that Woodlore will need to verify your age before your order can be dispatched.


  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 14 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 Video

Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is rated 5/5 based on 157 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 157

  Excellent piece of kit and fantastic service from Woodlore. As you'll have read elsewhere, this is shaving sharp as supplied and balances nicely. It's a gift for someone so haven't used it yet but wish I'd bought myself one as well! Ordered midday Tuesday, in my hand by 10am Wednesday. Superb. I knew Gransfors were great as I have 2 already but very impressed with Woodlore and heartily recommend them. Spot on.  

  Gareth Dixon
26th September, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 157

  This is a fantastic axe! It is my first GB, and I can see why they are so highly regarded for craftsmanship and quality. This model, (Small Forest Axe), balances well, has nice weight for use, yet is not too large to fit inside a rucksack. It was also a pleasure dealing with Woodlore. The price, including shipping, was fair, and I got it over here in the US very quickly!  

  Will Keay
16th September, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 157

  Perfect piece of kit to take wild camping. Watch Ray Mears instructional video on using the axe online.  

  Craig Bowden
26th August, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 157

  I had previously owned a SFA and always regretted parting with it. My new axe arrived shaving sharp and I have used it on six occasions for quite heavy work.....it has lived up to my expectations.......highly recommend this product!  

  David Michael Jewitt
19th July, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 157

  Took the axe from the box and it was exactly as I expected. It was razor sharp and I was able to slice paper with it without any further sharpening. After using it I dulled the edge as you might expect. I used the Gransfors stone that I purchased with it and it came back to razor sharp again without too much effort. I always wanted a proper axe and not just a chopper of wood. I am extremely pleased and can thoroughly recommend this axe.  

  Uk Somerset Ron
16th June, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 157

  Feels very light in the hand, paper cutting sharp straight from the box, delighted!  

  Edmund Morton
18th April, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 157

  This is my second axe from your site. Fantastic axe but I was splitting small fresh ash logs on first use and noticed a little chip broke off the toe. I am going to take the stone to it and hopefully it will be fine. (did not hit ground with it used a splitting wood block)  

  Alexander O Donoghue.
7th March, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 157

  I never saw one of these small forest axes until mine arrived at my door- It is so sweet looking! I put a neck guard on it and it looks so nice I don't want to even use it-but when I did, I was very impressed again. A very powerful tool that digs deep and does a lot of work in a short time.  

  Steve Johnson
26th January, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 157

  I bought this Small forest axe as a gift for a friend so sadly didn't get the opportunity to use it. However upon inspection I can confirm that it was of the highest quality. The grain of the handle was perfect, running perfectly straight from the knob to the eye and the Ray Mears logo on the handle was nicely done. The axe head was as impressive with a good grind and a nice leather sheath. Compared to my own older Wetterlings (which I also consider to be very good axes) it is obvious that the slightly higher price of the Gransfors Bruks is well justified and they deserve their reputation as excellent high quality tools. Having previously purchased other items from Ray Mears Woodlore website it was an easy decision to buy this axe from them, the customer service and advice they offer is second to none as is the quality of the products they sell.  

  Steve Ck
3rd January, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 157

  Item arrived very fast considering I had it shipped to the U.S. The axe appears to be of great quality. I would have preferred the original gb logo on the handle but functionally the axe is exactly what I wanted. I want to mention that for its size and despite a wood handle, it's remarkably light.  

  Christian Espinosa
30th December, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  Share your opinion!

Let other people know your thoughts on this product.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions on this item can be found here. If you have a question about this product, please contact us.

Does this axe come supplied with a leather sheath?

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

© 2018 Woodlore Ltd · Terms & Conditions · Privacy & Cookie policy · All Rights Reserved.