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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe


  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         168 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.


  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 30 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 168 customer reviews.

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

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  1 of 168

  Very good product...as expected.  

  W D Leatherbarrow
10th February, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 168

  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

  3 of 168

  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

  4 of 168

  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

  5 of 168

  Used it for the first time recently. Effortlessly felled a couple of birch and oak saplings. Well balanced, sharp and beautiful craftsmanship.  

  Christian Goacher
7th April, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 168

  It's a very good product. It's already in use.  

7th January, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 168

  Good for the size but can find it a bit hard to cut through logs but other than that brilliant and you can grip up on the head and cut food and feather stick etc which works perfectly.  

  Donna Fairman
31st December, 2018

Rated: 4/5

  8 of 168

  I'm thrilled with this Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Small Forest Axe and the customer service was tops! The axe is gorgeous and immediately I knew it was crafted by a master, someone highly skilled who LOVED doing their craft. It was well wrapped and secured. It is the sharpest chopping, bush tool out of the box that I've ever purchased. The wood is incredible! So smooth and gorgeous and it came well oiled. The leather sheath is gorgeous too! Oiled and freshly made. Workmanship and quality? NONE BETTER! I am still in awe of the beauty of the grain of the wood and how perfectly it fits into the head which is amazingly sharp and perfect. Thank you for a great long distance experience! Thank you to Mikael Sundberg, the smith who crafted my axe. Highest praise for this fine axe and sheath.  

  Melissa Moss
5th December, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 168

  Good piece of kit, perfect grains with the Ray Mears Logo on the handle.  

  Khwanchai Juangngoo
30th November, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 168

  This little axe is well balanced and can be used with one or two hands. Though keep in mind that it is best suited for softwood such as pine and spruce, I tried it on the hard wood (elm) and it did OK but required quite an effort on my side. The axe came without a metal wedge on top of the axe handle which was kind of a disappointment to me but then I read that Gransfors Bruks claims that their handling process had improved and small axes no longer require a metal wedge. Also, the axe handle was rather sharp at the side of the axe blade which would hurt my hand while working with it - that was easily solved by using a sanding paper. I then treated the axe with a mixture of boiled linseed oil and bees wax for a week every day and the color tuned out to be beautiful! Very satisfied with the service by Woodlore - the axe was shipped the same day the order was placed and I received it in Kazakhstan in about 7-8 days, thank you guys!  

  Viktor Ragulin
6th November, 2018

Rated: 4/5

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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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