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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe


Brand: Gransfors Bruks
  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         144 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.


UK 1-2 Day Delivery possible

  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 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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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is rated 5/5 based on 144 customer reviews.

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  Great little light weight axe. Slimmer profile than the wetterlings.  

  David Mackey
31st October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 144

  Should you ever question if you need to invest in a Gransfors axe then don't. This product is a superb tool, perfectly balanced, a pleasure to use and a solid investment that out performs all of the other brands.  

26th October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 144

  This is a very good axe indeed. Thanks Woodlore.  

  Zhao Jian
30th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 144

  Fit and finish are great. There came very sharp straight out of the box. I use it on a daily basis now to make spoon blanks. The weight is perfect for small to medium chopping jobs. I love this axe and highly recommend it, you can't go wrong.  

  Jeffrey Sawyer
15th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 144

  A very good Gransfors Bruks Axe!  

  Zhao Jian
11th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 144

  This is a really nice axe to use as it fits in the hand very snugly and has a sufficient reach to enable you to use it without over-stretching. I'm clearing some leylandi trees in the garden and it is proving a pleasant experience with this axe. Be aware that it arrives in a very sharp condition ready to use so be careful! The leather case appears quite durable and fits properly.  

  Bruce Glithero
8th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 144

  This is the second time I have purchased a quality product from Ray Mears/Woodlore and both times have been excellent. Right the axe! Well what can i say, it's a beautiful bit of kit, sharp as a knife, well balanced, ergonomically perfect for me and that forged axe head just looks the business. I bought this axe after much research and watched many reviews and I am certainty not disappointed. Many thanks to the Woodlore team. Davy H.  

  David Hunter
18th August, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 144

  Great axe and great price from Ray Mears!  

  Paul Spence
14th August, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 144

  Mighty fine axe. I have nothing bad to say about it. I really can't fault it, believe me I tried. It's a super chopper and works very well as a splitter too, I have spilt up to 10 inch diameter dead pine tree in the middle of the summer. Yes, it took a few swings but I'm new with an axe and it was fairly easy. It holds its sharp very well. Extremely useful camping tool that I will never leave behind. I like that the handle doesn't have a heavy coat of varnish on it if there is any. I like to treat the handle myself so a little light sanding was only needed in order to apply my boiled linseed. Good size to stick in a backpack too and not heavy to way you down while hiking over long distance. It is only my first axe I have owned but I researched and found this. I don't think I will ever be buying another axe. I am very pleased with Gransfors Bruks and I think the price is reasonable. I am so glad I didn't buy cheap. I am grinning while writing this, I just love it and can't wait to hit the trails again just to use it. Also off the topic of the axe itself but I feel is still relevant is that it came quickly and very safely packaged with plenty of bubble wrap and a very nice little box appropriate size to the item received, which I hate to see a small item in a box 6 times its size. Well done Raymears.com. I will be returning for more although this was my second purchase :)  

  Anthony Swinburne
29th July, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 144

  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

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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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