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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe


Brand: Gransfors Bruks
  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         135 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. 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

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Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is rated 5/5 based on 135 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 135

  Considerately packaged for shipping and of good quality. The grip to the axe head is well design to have greater control on small tasks.  

  S Harris
25th July, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 135

  Well balanced, of fine quality and aesthetically pleasing. Very happy.  

  James B
15th July, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 135

  The axe arrived fast, and it was packaged well, protected from damage. Needless to say, the axe itself is flawless. Ray Mears logo looks great.  

1st June, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 135

  I received my Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe shipped to the US quite quickly, and in good condition. It came shaving sharp, with excellent edge geometry. I put it to use immediately trimming the tree in the corner of my backyard, and was astounded at how easily it hewed through branches and limbed. Truly a remarkable piece of craftsmanship, made with love and attention to detail. This is my first quality axe, and it meets all expectations. A lovely addition to my kit.  

  Joshua Blackwood
8th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 135

  The product arrived in a timely manner. I love the axe, and handle. Came sharp with a nice leather mask. I would recommend this axe to anyone looking for a travel companion to hike into the woods with. Very high quality and well worth the money. I have a Wetterlings large hunters axe and now this one, and this Gransfors Bruks blows the Wetterlings away. They are the same size, but I like the cutting edge and blade of the Gransfors Bruks Small Forest axe much better. Thanks Ray.....  

  Edge Master
28th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 135

  Exactly what you'd expect from over 100 years of Swedish axe making. Beautiful craftsmanship, and razor sharp out of the sheath. A near perfect tool  

14th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 135

  Fantastic product at a great price. Grain isn't quite as straight and true as I would have liked - I would have accepted it with the GB stamp on the handle but with Rays attention to detail you would hope that they hand pick the handles for grain. Oh well, can't win them all. With care and attention this axe will now last me a lifetime  

  J Burton
14th April, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 135

  Once again, why would you want to buy a Gransfors Bruks Axe anywhere else? This axe is a piece of work and the only thing that is missing is the Logo of GB on the handle, but clearly has Ray Mears Bushcraft logo instead. This is a great axe for backpacking and is razor sharp out of the box. Buy one if you can.  

  Chris Anderson
28th March, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 135

  This axe is great. It's very sharp and the shaft is well designed and sits perfectly in your hand. I was disappointed that it had been branded with 'Ray Mears' rather than 'Gransfors Bruks'. Shipping was fast and efficient.  

5th March, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 135

  So, it took almost a month for me to finally receive this axe and boy was it worth the wait! I have never been so excited to receive something I ordered online. The packaging the axe came in was in pristine condition. The axe looks and feels amazing right out of the box. It comes relatively sharp, which doesn't bother me because I can always sharpen it. This axe is honestly worth the money and the wait. I would highly recommend this axe for anybody who is interested in backpacking, camping, and bushcraft. Great job Gransfors Burks and Ray Mears! Louisville, KY here as well.  

  Josh Francow
19th January, 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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