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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe
Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Brand: Gransfors Bruks
  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         118 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 118 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 118

  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

  2 of 118

  This axe is clearly a superior tool. You get a bit of a thrill just looking and holding it. It was shipped internationally, quickly with tracking. The price was very good compared to same GB handle branded product. I immediately got a chance to try it out in the woods the following weekend, and it performed well. Axe is extremely sharp, and made short work of small splitting tasks and limbing logs, etc. Quite happy with the purchase. Also, the included axe book is quite good for a product pamphlet and explains a bit about the company, its beliefs, the manufacturing process and how to use your new axe.  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 118

  I cannot stress enough how great this product is, my heart was thumping when the box arrived and I took it straight out the garden, and tested it chopping logs, making kindling and feathersticks and even shaved some hair off my arm straight after all that. I can't thank those at Gransfors Bruk and Woodlore enough. I have finally found my axe for life. There's only 5 stars available but this axe deserves so much more. Thank you Thank you Thank you, Mike Walters HTFU bushcraft group  

  Mike Walters

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 118

  I have deliberated for a while on replacing my old camping axe with a new one. I wanted the best and after much searching on the net, you tube, and reviews by users and experts alike, the decision was clear. Gransfors bruks came out tops. The small forest axe was ordered from Woodlore and it arrived in Western Australia in 8 working days, great service! The axe was all it was supposed to be, and more. Beautifully weighted for use with one or two hands. Good solid feel about it, you know it's quality just by holding it. Sharp as a razor. I am satisfied that I now own an axe which in my opinion is the best in the world. I can fully recommend Gransfors Bruks and Ray Mears if anyone is considering a purchase.  

  Richard Eves

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 118

  A really great axe. Comes very sharp and useful for a wide variety of roles.  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 118

  Bought as an all round camp axe. This has served me very well already from the campfire to clearing fallen trees. The handle needed a little time to smooth off in your hand but after a few days in the woods it's a pleasure to pick up. I'd recommend this as a good all round axe if your priority is something portable, robust and delivers clean precise cuts.  

  Dominic Perkins

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 118

  This is a well built product that you can rely on. Upon receiving this item I inspected it before use and the grain orientation was good, the bit was razor sharp, and the handle/bit alignment was appropriate. The axe works well and it feels good in your hands, I would recommend this product to all. Raymers.com has this item at the lowest price I have come across thus far, they also did a great job shipping it in a timely manner. Thank you!  

  Michael Santangelo

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 118

  The axe arrived 100% as expected. It is clearly a high quality tool and came shaving sharp. In fact, I accidentally nicked myself with barely a touch within 30 minutes of receiving! The mask could be finished a little nicer, but it's more than adequate for its purpose. Also, the blade toe rubs against the mask at the top when removing or re-installing, so I imagine it is just a matter of time before it cuts through.  

  Craig M.

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 118

  Great axe which can be used for decades. Razor sharp right from the box and a real genuine and high quality leather sheath. Thank you Woodlore for really fast delivery to Turkey. Shopping experience was great.  

  Mehmet Melik Karakas

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 118

  I live in USA, California. Ordered this because it was substantially cheaper then what is available in the US. From the day of order, it took about one week to arrive at my door. Pretty impressed considering this ships from the UK. Quality of the axe is top notch with no shipping damage. Would recommend this to anyone who is worried about ordering from overseas. Side note, I hesitated because I wanted to buy the version with the original GF logo. But the Ray M logo looks fine once you see it in person.  


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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