Choosing an Axe

When making your choice, it is important to decide what the axe will be used for. Will it be used for chopping wood, in the forest, or to make a log house? The axe is one of mankind’s oldest tools and therefore comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Gränsfors Bruk’s current line of axes and tools can be grouped into three main categories: Forest, Splitting, and Log-building/Carpentry

Forest Axes

Distinguishing features

  • Long, rounded cutting edge
  • Flat, elongated head – This design ensures a multifunctional tool ideal for various tasks such as limbing, chopping kindling, and felling trees.
  • Poll/Butt NOT designed for striking/hammering

Primary Use

  • Designed to chop wood across the grain (Felling a tree, limbing branches)

Splitting Axes

Distinguishing features

  • Large, heavy, pronouced wedge-shaped head
  • Forged and ground into a concave shape with a relatively thin edge -This design allows the axe to easily penetrate and effectively split the log as the broader section of axe head pushes apart the wood.
  • Poll/Butt NOT designed for striking/hammering – Exception to this is the Splitting Maul that has a tempered poll designed for hammering a steel wedge

Primary Use

  • Designed to split along the grain, parallel to the wood fibers (splitting small pieces to large rounds for firewood)

Log-building and Carpentry Tools

Gränsfors Bruk’s Log-building and Carpentry Tools have been designed for specific functions in log home building, carpentry, and wood sculpting. In partnership with specialists and professionals, Gränsfors Bruk now produces modified versions of traditional tools to meet the demands of today’s users.



  • Used for more refined wood splitting such as creating shingles for a home.


  • Designed for hewing sills and notches in joints.

Draw Knife

  • Primarily used for debarking and shaping logs.

Broad Axes

  • With 9 different configurations, the 1900 model broad axes have a traditional design suitable for squaring logs and planks.

Carpentry Axes

Small and Large Carving Hatchet, Large Carving Axe

  • Used for a variety of carving projects including crafting something as small as a spoon or as large as a chair.

Carpenters Axe

  • Used in traditional woodwork, joinery, and log home building. Our design allows a comfortable grip for more the more detailed work and has a poll designed for use as a hammer.