Gransfors Hunters Axe #418
Gransfors Hunters Axe #418
The Gransfors Bruks Hunters Ax is a tool designed specifically for hunters, and has won the Excellent Swedish Design Award. Although it is great for use with wood, it is not a general use axe. It is designed to field dress, dismember and flay large animals. The distinguishing feature of the Hunters Axe is the “flay poll”. The poll (side of the head opposite the blade) of the axe is carefully rounded and burnished to assist in removing the hide from an animal such as a moose. If an animal has been aging with the hide on, or if the carcass has been frozen, the hide can be very difficult to remove. The flay poll can assist greatly in such a situation. The hunter will pull the hide with one hand and strike with the flay poll at the point where the hide is attached by membranes to the carcass. The flay poll is blunt, so it will not slice meat or hide, but will break the connective tissues between the hide and the carcass. The handle and blade are designed for chopping thru light bones such as the bridge of the pelvis, and for separating ribs from sternum. It can also be used for chopping the ribs of exceptionally large animals such as bison, in order to open the chest cavity for field dressing. The head and handle are angled to enable strokes that parallel the belly of the carcass. The parallel strokes are better than downward strokes for any of these butchering steps. (Please keep in mind that bone becomes extremely sharp once it’s been chopped!) The head is great for chopping small trees and that. The handle offers circular grooves which help to provide a positive grip even when the hands are wet and the handle would otherwise become slick. The Hunters Ax features a 19 inch (48 cm) hickory handle, a 3.25 inch (8 cm) bit and the head weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7 kg). Sheath included. All Gransfors Axes come with the AXE BOOK and a 20 year guarantee.
Item no: 418
Length with handle: 47 cm (18.5”)
Weight: 0,9 kg (2 lb)
Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather
Handmade in Sweden by skilled blacksmiths
Comes with a 20 year warranty
Really like this little axe. It is light enough to pack easily in backpack or on the belt but big enough to get 2 hands on for some serious chopping. Came to me in perfect condition...best finish on the edge of any axe I have ever purchased. Used it last weekend on a backpack trip. We camped where the only wood available was some dried oak...it was rock hard and yet this little axe and some elbo grease got us enough firewood to cook supper. Chopping and batton splitting 4-6 inch dried oak...now thats something!
This is a nice axe! Crafted and built with thought and intention. It feels good in the hands and came so sharp you could shave with it...no joke!