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Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet

Gransfors Bruks

Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet


  EAN 7391765415004
Weight: 600 g         41 reviews
The Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet Axe is the model most commonly used by beginners: it is the second-lightest of our axes, weighing in at approximately 600g. It is of excellent quality, hand-forged and made using traditional Swedish methods by Gransfors. Each axe head comes individually stamped with the smith’s initials.

Please note that this axe features the exclusive 'Ray Mears Bushcraft' logo on the handle and not the Gransfors Bruks logo.

With a length of only 34cm it is a very portable tool, making it an ideal axe to use when packing weight is an issue. This axe can only be used one-handed, and is effective for chopping firewood or light axe carving. This is a first-rate tool, so long as it isn't used to tackle jobs that require a heavier axe. It makes a great partner to the Laplander Cutting Saw for providing a fixed camp with plenty of sound firewood.

Please note that the Wildlife Hatchet no longer utilises a steel pin in the top of the handle. The process of attaching the axe head to the handle has been significantly improved, meaning that the steel pin is no longer necessary, and this change will not affect the functionality of the axe.

  • Ray Mears Bushcraft logo on handle
  • Weight: 600 g
  • Handle: 34cm Hickory handle
  • Protective leather sheath included
  • 20 year guarantee

  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 and a check will also be carried out upon 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 Wildlife Hatchet is rated 5/5 based on 41 customer reviews.

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

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  1 of 41

  Wow I love this Hatchet and I think you will too ! I really wanted to get a well made Hatchet and I spent hours pouring over reviews of Axes and Hatchets. I was nearly put off of this Hatchet from one review whereby the handle wasn't attached as well as it could be and there was a small gap at the eye of the Hatchet. This could mean it may become loose over time. That caused me to doubt this Hatchet. I then watched even more reviews. It can become overwhelming and confusing if you watch too many reviews. So let me help you out. Get this Hatchet. It was perfectly made. The only thing i could possibly say was that the writing on the handle was faded and not very dark. I got a pencil and coloured it in and problem solved. It was and is razor sharp as promised. The grain on the handle is aligned with the head so is perfect. I trust Woodlore and I knew they would sort out an issue if I had one which is why I bought this Wildlife Hatchet from them. I didn't need to worry as it was perfect. I will be using this Hatchet to remove wood efficiently to create blanks for spoon carving. I know I chose well as it has made life so much easier. I am at the beginning of my spoon carving life and this Hatchet will join me in this new adventure.  

  Lee Stanbrook
17th October, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 41

  A well balanced and great axe. More expensive than most but worth it.  

  Anthony Doyle
15th September, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 41

  I love this hatchet. This product is very compact and useful for outdoor activities.  

  Emerson Facão
31st August, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 41

  Great service and product. Very impressed with the whole experience.  

  Megan Penny
25th August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 41

  As the Gränsfors axes are so widely known I don't find it necessary to write much about the general qualities of their products. Some comments state that their axes are pricey, the prices have increased quite a bit over the years, but really, you get very good quality for the money. There is always an option of getting hold of an old quality axe or axe head, if you find one cheap nowadays, and restore it, if you know how, that way you can probably save some money, especially if you don't have much money. Although I live in Sweden and the GB axes are made in Sweden I bought my Wildlife Hatchet from Woodlore as a part of a bigger order. I own four different Gränsfors axes and have tried many of their axe models. Here is my personal opinion on the Wildlife Hatchet. I love Gränsförs axes but the above axe is not my favorite, but by no means I think it is a bad axe, it just doesn't suit me as much as other axes do. The axe has a very 'aggressive' angle between the edge of the axe blade and the shaft, this makes it efficient at chopping tasks, such as taking down small trees or trimming branches for firewood. It is a very poor cleaving axe, because of the shape of the head the axe shaft can easily get chocked and get beating from the piece you are trying to split/ cleave. It's an ok carver. My main issue with the axe is the shaft, I don't like the form of it, how it sits in the hand and how it affects all the aspects of axe work. I very much prefer the shaft of the Hand Hatchet that features exactly the same axe head as the Wildlife Hatchet does. Although the shaft on the Hand Hatchet is much shorter it makes the axe an actual pleasure to use, in my hands, it may be the opposite for someone else! When considering the W.H. as an all-round tool for smaller tasks I would sadly say that the older version of the W.H. was better (Once again; in my hands!). The older version, no longer made, is of the same size as the new W.H. but looks almost exactly as the Small Forest Axe. I own an old W.H. and I find it more versatile and capable of heavier tasks as cleaving than the new W.H., I'd say the older model has better balance and seems safer to use. Those were the reasons why I give the product 4 stars. The Gränsfors axe sheaths are riveted along the axe edge and if you often carry your axe alongside other items in your pack then in a short time the edge of the axe head can chafe on the leather liner in the sheath and start to rub on the metal rivets blunting the axe edge. A sewn sheath, as the one made and sold at Woodlore, would do better in such case. Otherwise the axe I bought from Woodlore is in perfect condition after just two years of use. Those axes can last a few generations if cared for properly.  

  Francis Mazij
14th June, 2019

Rated: 4/5

  6 of 41

  Great hatchet for carving, arrived razor sharp. Perfectly shaped handle, sits comfortably in the hand. The sheath that comes with this hatchet is also a wonderful quality.  

  Thomas M
5th February, 2019

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 41

  Great little axe, small enough to fit in my rucksack on days out, and very handy for making walking sticks. It's not too big and not too small. Very pleased with mine. Thanks team.  

  Robert Chatwin
18th December, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 41

  Excellent lightweight Hatchet. Great for carving, chopping and splitting. Holds a great edge and I even use it for gutting fish and small game.  

  Ian Hubbard
23rd July, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 41

  Arrived at our address in France much quicker than expected. Axe was razor sharp on arrival and was put to use straight away. This is a nicely balanced axe and relatively light so can be used for extended periods without being uncomfortable. I use the axe for green woodworking, specifically for making spoons, because of its light weight and balance, I can be very accurate making spoon blanks. The edge hold its sharpness well, after a couple of weeks of daily use, I have only ever had to use a leather strop to bring it back to a razor edge. Thoroughly recommended.  

  Jayne Macdonald
8th July, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 41

  Good Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet  

  Anas Hamdi Nofal
19th April, 2018

Rated: 5/5

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