Gransfors Scandinavian Forest Axe #430
Gransfors Scandinavian Forest Axe #430
The Gränsfors Scandinavian Forest Axe is a more professional axe, ideal for felling larger trees and for limbing a felled tree. The axe is forged to a curved bit, making it suitable for cutting into fresh, resinous wood such as spruce or pine. The long handle also gives more power to the cut.
Item no: 430
Length with handle: 64 cm (25”)
Weight: 1,2 kg (2.6 lb)
Sheath in vegetable-tanned leather
Handmade in Sweden by skilled blacksmiths
Comes with a 20 year warranty
I do forest restoration for a living. In my area, it's somewhat common for land owners to not want chainsaws running all day. For that reason, I had to find l a short, light axe suited for use while on my knees taking out understory invasive woody shrubs.
I spent a lot of time researching axes and GB still seems to be the best out there for the price. I also spent a lot of time looking through sellers trying to find one that was least likely to be selling Chinese knockoffs, which appears to be a major problem now. KMA imports was the seller I chose.
I was lucky enough to get one that's the real deal, though I agree with other reviewers that GB quality control has gone down considerably. My handle's grain isn't anywhere near parallel with the head and there's a dab of epoxy or glue visible at the top. The head has some blemishes near the bottom that look a little strange, though I don't think they will effect the axe's overall integrity. That all being said, It does cut spectacularly. I even sent the blade straight into the ground after an amateurish swing resulted in a glancing blow. It found a small rock to hit down there. Whereas "dale" (my old garage sale axe) would have probably had a giant ding in the edge, the GB only had some chalky residue on it and a slightly dull patch. All in all, I'm happy with the purchase, I just suspect the handle will give out sooner rather than later at the rate that I'm using it.
I recommend you do some soul searching before you buy this axe. There's a ton of hype and most people can get by with a hardware store axe. If you have to have this axe, try to find it at an authorized dealer where you can look through a selection and find the nicest handle. If the closest dealer is a 12 hour car ride away, find a seller you think you can trust and roll the dice.
If you're buying the axe to use occasionally or just to hang on your wall, the handle really doesn't matter that much anyway.
Ive been swinging an axe for 15 years, started when i was a boy and ive always had a great passion for it. I told myself that one day i would own the best axe in the world. When my 10 year old EastWing camper started to fail i set out to find my dream axe. I quickly realized i wasn't going to find anything but a generic, machine made axe in a hardware store. Got on the interwebs and researched "best axe in the world" and Gransfors Bruks stood out with the most passionate reviews from enthusiasts.
I fell in love the second i opend the box and said "i do" the moment i picked it up. I love everything about this axe; fit, finish, the casting on the head, handle geometry, and the fantastic high carbon steel that easily takes a razor edge and holds up up agaist hard wood!
I treated my EastWing with the up most respect and care but it's a root chopper compared to this beauty. Ive had her almost 4 years now, still wont let anyone else swing her... probably never will. In about 10 years ill be buying a Gransfors Bruks axe for my boy, and im sure it will last him his whole life.
The handle guard is my first attempt at leather working, i made it the day i got my axe. Quadruple layered the padding on the face of the handle, used suede heavily saturated in lexol. Leather is far more durable, especially if your splitting wood... but you really shouldn't be sinking the blade into a large block of wood in a way that creates contact between the handle and wood block. In a big way it actually helps me focus on my technique.
I HIGHLY recommend a guard. Everyone misses, I've put mine to the test once or twice. Added 2 more layers of padding after the first time i missed and hit the guard.