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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe
Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Brand: Gransfors Bruks
  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 1016 g         107 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.


1-2 Day Delivery possible

  Delivery in 1-2 days (within 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 on weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on 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.

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.

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

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Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is rated 5/5 based on 107 customer reviews.

  1 of 107

  I am a huge knife enthusiast, so this was the first axe that I have ever purchased, and it is amazing. I learned about this axe by watching YouTube reviews and I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. This is perfect for camping, hiking, woodcraft, etc. Unfortunately every site that had this axe was sold out and I believe that they are still sold out. I saw that they had it on this site and I decided to purchase it even though I live in the US. The shipping was amazingly fast. If you are on the fence about this axe don't be - purchase it and you will not be sorry.  

  Giang Doan

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 107

  Received as described. Very good quality.  

  Edgardo S Revita

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 107

  Handsomely forged and a razor-sharp head. Nearly perfect fit and finish on the haft. Money well spent!  

  James L.

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 107

  I'm very happy with my purchase. This is a really great axe.  

  Ruslan Stepanov

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 107

  Very good quality and craftsmanship. Cannot see how this product could be improved upon. Best to watch the videos on YouTube by Ray Mears showing how to use an axe properly beforehand. For example, making sticks from a log as kindling is much easier and safer if you take on board Ray's advice.  

  Stephen Harris

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 107

  The Small Forest Axe is a product which isn't too heavy to wield, so it can be used by many people easily. It has a very nice balance. The axe head and handle are very well constructed, sturdy, strong, of high quality materials, and will be of use for many years. I would recommend this product.  

  Annette K Sinn

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 107

  A great little axe. I bought the Small Forest Axe for my husband, but kept borrowing it, so I had to get one for myself. It is of fantastic quality and a joy to use. Would thoroughly recommend it.  

  Denise Greenham

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 107

  This axe is superb, the quality in the sheath was also surprising to me. Came very sharp and the handle met my expectations for grain pattern and tightness. I am really impressed as well of the service by Harvey and the team at Woodlore that sold me this axe. Very friendly and professional service from a great company.  

  Jesse N.

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 107

  This axe arrived on time (as promised by customer service) for my husband's birthday. He was thrilled with the quality and couldn't stop smiling when he opened it. We've read many reviews stating that these are as sharp as a razor and didn't believe it until we saw for ourselves... As he placed the leather sheath back on the axe the blade just barely touched his finger and completely laid it open! We were amazed. (Of course, there was no permanent damage, he was more excited at how sharp it was than he was concerned about his finger.)  


Rated: 5/5

  10 of 107

  I bought this Small Forest Axe and had it shipped to Colorado, USA and the axe arrived in pristine condition (the box wasn't so lucky). It feels really comfortable in the hands and although it is fairly small and portable it still has enough length and weight to get some good leverage behind it. So far it has kept its factory edge very nicely (it was shaving sharp so there was no need to touch up the factory grind - that says something about Granfors Bruks and the products they make). Overall I am very satisfied and would highly recommend this anyone that needs a versatile, powerful, and portable axe. Nicely done. And thank you raymears.com for providing these. The Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on the handle is a nice bonus too!  

  Eric G

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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