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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe


  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 1100 g         174 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. 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.


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  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


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Woodlore Limited
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Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is rated 5/5 based on 174 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 174

  Undoubtedly my 'go to' hatchet for woodland camping & general small jobs in the garden. Great for smaller splitting jobs, bark stripping, whittling, shavings etc. Compact & reasonably lightweight. Great quality head, handle & fit. Nicely weighted for one hand working. It won't fell any large trees of course, but it makes pretty short work of smaller ones. Very sharp & tough edge. 10/10.  

  Mark Atchison
28th May, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 174

  Razor sharp still. I put boiled linseed oil on mine. Still look beautiful 5 years later. I put Nikwax on the leather cover too.  

  Gavin Henry
20th January, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 174

  Shipped quickly and bought at a very reasonable price. I was surprised by how fast I received the item. It is a perfect axe for slapping on my rucksack and heading into the woods. Works great for splitting smaller logs and taking off branches, and is light enough to not feel cumbersome. While you 'could' take down larger trees with some effort , it is better suited for smaller jobs you would encounter around a campsite. The axe comes razor sharp and ready to be used and abused, and judging by its quality will withstand years of abuse.  

  Sean Boyle
29th November, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 174

  This Small Forest Axe is very easy to use and convenient! Anything is enough with this one axe.  

  Ryuji Tsukiashi
14th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 174

  One of the most popular axes in the Gransfors Bruks range, made more exclusive by the Ray Mears branding. The head is outstanding, as would be expected from any Gransfors axe. Curiously the very top and bottom points of the cutting edge have been ground off, which I haven’t seen before. This has however stopped the axe from cutting through the sheath, which seems to be a common issue with Gransfors axes. Axe head to handle fitting seems very tight. The handle length to head weight ratio seem perfect. The handle came quite rough, but easily remedied with a light sanding and several coats of boiled linseed oil. Handle grain is tight and straight. Fast delivery, as always with Woodlore. Very happy with this purchase.  

  Phil Mountford
11th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 174

  This is a beautifully crafted axe, very pleased with it. Buy once, look after it and it will last a lifetime.  

  Bryan Andreas
7th March, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 174

  Very good product...as expected.  

  W D Leatherbarrow
10th February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 174

  I really like the Small Forest Axe. It was razor sharp straight out the box and the quality was obvious straight away. I have used it for splitting, limbing, carving walking sticks, preparing kindling and even tried some feather sticks. It's so versatile and can easily be used one handed or two. If I had to choose only one axe it would be the Small Forest.  

  Alan Todd
24th January, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 174

  Great axe, razor sharp out of the box. Still very happy after around 2 years use, feels comfortable in the hand and is top quality. Also as usual excellent service and super-fast delivery. Happy repeat customer!  

  Jamie Kemp
14th August, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 174

  Used this axe during a ‘carving with Ray’ experience. I ordered my own as soon as I got home and received a fantastic quality axe within a couple of days. Not had chance to do any more carving yet but hope to spend many quiet hours in the country with this axe. It arrived sharp enough to get going and lightly oiled. In accordance with Ray’s recommendation I’ll be removing the handle finish and oiling myself for a more durable finish.  

9th June, 2019

Rated: 5/5

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