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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe
Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Brand: Gransfors Bruks
  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         127 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 127 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 127

  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.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 127

  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

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 127

  This was bought as a present for my husband who is a Forest School teacher - he was ecstatic and has shaved most of the hair off his arms showing everyone how sharp it is. Very very happy with the quality.  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 127

  This is a great axe! Well balanced, great handle shape, and hair popping sharp out of the box. Transaction was great. Shipped from the UK to the wilds of Kalispell, Montana USA.  

  Randy J Harkins

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 127

  Really nicely balanced axe which looks and feels great to use. Have used it for splitting logs for our wood burner and hope to use it soon in my Forest School's work. It is now my new favourite tool!  

  Matthew French

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 127

  The Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is very neat bit of kit. I've been looking for just such an axe, that can be used for limbing, chopping wood for the fire and be used for bushcraft. This is a perfect fit. It is beautifully made and finished, supplied with a leather sheath and an axe care and information booklet. I can see why it also comes with a 20 year guarantee. I had a slight problem with the initial delivery, (NOT Woodlore's fault, I might add), and after an email, their team called me and were extremely helpful in getting it promptly re-delivered with some extra delivery instructions on. Thank you for the great customer service and the great product. I would recommend Woodlore and will be shopping with you again. Cheers.  

  A Rendle

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 127

  Extremely sharp. Great for around Camp and garden. The edge can feather wood for fire starting and limbs branches with ease.  

  Guy T Handbury

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 127

  Used it for a camping trip already and it's still as sharp as when I first received it. Worth every penny.  

  Adam Pearce

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 127

  A great small camp or pack axe. Reviews on Gransfors are often over enthusiastic from my perspective. Gransfors make quality axes using traditional manufacturing methods from the 1800s. That said, there are some things that could stand to be improved. The transition from bevel to bit was abrupt from the factory. This was easily fixed with a file and stone. The edge was comes covered and is more than adequate for an axe. The biggest issue is that it comes with an overly thick handle. The handle transfers a great deal of shock and vibration to your wrist when used and causes a great deal of fatigue and pain the following day compared to using other axes I own. That said it is a fantastic axe compared to other options available today and has a lot of appeal with its brut forged finish and hand crafted feel. Aside from the overly thick handle the axe performs right out of the box. It chops extremely well right from the factory and especially for an axe of its size. The flat and thin bit doesn't make it the best tool for splitting tasks and can cause the bit to become stuck more readily than its convex counter parts. Having said this, don't hesitate to purchase this axe as it is well worth the money and a quality tool. I just wanted to provide an honest non biased review based on my experience with this and a number of other axes I've used over the years.  

  Matthew Growney

Rated: 4/5

  10 of 127

  This Axe is the best. Comes out of the box sharp enough that I have a bald arm from where I have been shaving the hairs on my arms to show it off.  

  Michael Yapp

Rated: 5/5

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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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