Gränsfors Bruk Axes: Forged by hand.

Gränsfors Bruk Axes: Forged by hand.

Worthy as a mantle centrepiece, yet strong enough for a lifetime of labour.

An axe head forged by blacksmith Linus Heimer

Over more than 100 years, Gränsfors Bruks AB has built up a business based around handcrafted axes and axe expertise, with a focus on quality and environmental responsibility. The company is located in the Swedish village of Gränsfors in northern Hälsingland. Each Axe is stamped with the initials of the blacksmith who forged the head. Such crafts are so rare in todays market that Dawn has loyal customers that build collections from specific smiths.

AS – Anders Strömstedt
DG – Daniel Gräntz
KS – Kjell-Åke Sjölund
LP – Lennart Pettersson
MB – Mattias Blixt-Pettersson
MM – Mattias Mattsson
MS – Mikael Sundberg
RA – Rune Andersson
TT – Tobias Thelin
UN – Ulrik Nilsson
JB – Jonas Berglund
JH – John Hårdsten
EB – Erik Blixt
PH – Patrik Hansson
LH – Linus Heimer
CS – Christian Sjölund
MH – Marcus Hulin
DF – David Faxby
CM – Christoffer Malm
HF – Håkan Frank
TA – Tomas Andersson
MF – Martin Forslund
ES – Erik Sjöström

Combining the talents of the smiths at Gränsfors Bruk and designer Hans Erik Persson, Gränsfors Bruk delved into long-forgotten knowledge to develop a range of axes that are perfect for small-scale uses found today. The core focus has been on producing axes with sound environmental credentials, avoiding any unnecessary consumption of natural resources.

All the axes produced by Gränsfors Bruk are forged by hand. Any piecework arrangements have been scrapped so that the smiths can focus on developing high quality forging, removing the need for the excessive post-production work that some manufacturals use to conceal faults in their forging. This is something that sets Gränsfors’s axes apart from axes made on an industrial scale. The forging of each individual Axe is allowed time, a deciding factor in quality.

The axe heads require no grinding, honing or polishing, except on the cutting edge itself. They certainly do not require painting or varnishing. Instead of using environmentally hazardous epoxy adhesive, the handles are attached with a traditional wooden wedge, which not only reduces unnecessary hazardous waste, but also improves Gränsfors' workplace environment. Even the leatherwork of Gransfors' sheaths utilises vegetable-based tanning, free from high volume chemical tanning processes.

View our range of Gränsfors Bruk Axes, available online or in our Showroom.