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Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe


Brand: Gransfors Bruks
  EAN 7391765420008
Weight: 900 g         149 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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Product Reviews

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe is rated 5/5 based on 149 customer reviews.

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

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  1 of 149

  I bought this Small forest axe as a gift for a friend so sadly didn't get the opportunity to use it. However upon inspection I can confirm that it was of the highest quality. The grain of the handle was perfect, running perfectly straight from the knob to the eye and the Ray Mears logo on the handle was nicely done. The axe head was as impressive with a good grind and a nice leather sheath. Compared to my own older Wetterlings (which I also consider to be very good axes) it is obvious that the slightly higher price of the Gransfors Bruks is well justified and they deserve their reputation as excellent high quality tools. Having previously purchased other items from Ray Mears Woodlore website it was an easy decision to buy this axe from them, the customer service and advice they offer is second to none as is the quality of the products they sell.  

  Steve Ck
3rd January, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 149

  Item arrived very fast considering I had it shipped to the U.S. The axe appears to be of great quality. I would have preferred the original gb logo on the handle but functionally the axe is exactly what I wanted. I want to mention that for its size and despite a wood handle, it's remarkably light.  

  Christian Espinosa
30th December, 2017

Rated: 4/5

  3 of 149

  First the axe: 19” is about as perfect camp axe as you could ask for. Big enough to fell trees and buck them, it is compact enough to process it down to small kindling and feather sticks with ease. Shaving razor sharp right out of the box. Don’t let the light weight fool you, it’ll chop! It made real quick work of the small to medium logs and is a kindling monster. Building a bush camp site? Grab this, a small saw, a knife of course, and you’re good to go. Build away! Love the axe, can’t recommend it enough. Everything out of the box speaks of tradition and quality. It is an Heirloom tool to be used and passed down. I spent two months researching and narrowing the selection on which axe would be my first Bushcraft/camp axe. Videos, forums, pages and pictures led me to choose the Small Forest Axe by Gränsfors Bruk. I was surprised to see this site had it in stock. I didn’t notice it was a Ray Mears branded axe and while I would of preferred the original branding, the axe is the very same. Forged by TT Tobias Thelin. The hickory handle is amazing with tight grain going near perfect straight. This will be part of my kit for extended bush trips for a long time to come. Shipping wasn’t bad coming overseas. Woodlore Ltd had a great price on this axe that I couldn’t pass up. Thank you for being involved in this lifelong tool purchase. I will pay closer attention when purchasing a hatchet, possibly soon from here. Feel confident in your purchase through this site. Use google for currency conversion but beware your bank may be a bit different.  

  Shawn Dunn
29th December, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 149

  Excellent quality axe made by Gransfors Bruks  

  Eldad Arnon
19th December, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 149

  This is a very good Gransfors Small Forest Axe.  

20th November, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 149

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

  David Mackey
31st October, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 149

  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

  8 of 149

  This is a very good axe indeed. Thanks Woodlore.  

  Zhao Jian
30th September, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 149

  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

  10 of 149

  A very good Gransfors Bruks Axe!  

  Zhao Jian
11th September, 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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