Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet

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Compact, sharp and powerful. Something anyone experienced…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift


Compact, sharp and powerful. Something anyone experienced with sharp tools or foresting should own.


  • Easy to maintain and carry
  • Razor sharp and well balanced


  • Everyone who has the small forest axe takes the mick out of you
  • Difficult to use with two hands
  • A little dangerous to use

I was given this as a present for Christmas. I have used it thoroughly all over the world since. It has taken down trees, albeit slowly, the thickness of my torso and It has gone through saplings in a single blow. It is beautifully easy to maintain and razor sharp.

After three years I can still shave with mine. It easily tucks into my belt and keeps itself out of the way. The slightly larger small forest axe has no significant difference in performance or speed. The only difference is I'm carrying 6 inches less wood.

The only significant disadvantage is that the shortness of the handle adds an element of danger when chopping. I found this to my detriment when the blade bounced and buried itself in my knee.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Wrought from fine-quality steel, this handforged hatchet is expertly crafted by experienced Swedish smiths whose skills and designs are world famous. Each hatchet head is individually hammered into shape and bears the initials of the smith who made it, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Honed, annealed and tempered to an exact hardness, the hatchet's blade edge is tested by striking it with a massive forging hammer. If it doesn't chip or break, it's ready for your toughest chopping jobs. Great for limbing or splitting small sticks for the fire, it's lightweight and small enough to fit in your pack or belt perfect for a backpacking trip or camp adventures. Sharpened, polished and oiled for a fine finish. Hatchet head is firmly affixed to a 131/2" hickory handle. Head weighs 1 lb. 3-inch face. Includes a grain-leather sheath and Axe Book. Imported.

- L.L.Bean

A small, light axe which can be easily carried, masked with its leather sheath, inside your pack or on your belt. Even with a small axe you can manage a lot: cut branches in the back-yard or chop and split sticks for a camp fire. This little hatchet awakes in many of us memories and dreams of exciting camps and adventures. PRODUCT FEATURES: The hatchet has a 3" face and a 13 1/2 "Hickory handle The head weighs 1 lb It comes with a grain-leather sheath Handmade in Sweden

- Appalachian Outdoors

Eddie Bauer Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet - Cut branches in your backyard or chop and split sticks for your campfire with this small, lightweight axe. Masked with its grain-leather sheath, it's easily carried inside your pack or on your belt. This hatchet is one of the quality axes forged by the professional smiths at Gransfors Bruks in Sweden who take their time in the crafting process. There is no need to stone, grind, smooth or paint Gransfors axes to hide imperfections in the forging because they are perfectly crafted from beginning to end. Each axe head is marked with the individual smith's initials and the company's crown label, and features a 20-year guarantee. Made in Sweden..

- Eddie Bauer

Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet

previously retailed for:
$89.99 - $112.00

The Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 7, 2014 at L.L.Bean.

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