Swedish Heritage, Handcrafted Beauty

Combining the talents of the smiths at Gränsfors Bruk and designer Hans Erik Persson, Gränsfors Bruk went back to a sometimes long-forgotten knowledge to develop a range of axes that are perfect for the small-scale uses of today. The core focus has been on producing axes with sound green 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 put more time into forging a good axe, removing the need for the excessive post-production work that other manufacturers might use to conceal faults in their forging. This is something that sets Gränsfors Bruk’s axes apart from axes made on an industrial scale. At Gränsfors Bruk, we don’t rush the process allowing the smiths to take their time which results in one of the finest axes you’ll see in the market.

Our axe heads need no grinding, honing or polishing, except on the cutting edge itself, and they certainly do not require painting or varnishing. Instead of using environmentally hazardous epoxy adhesive, the handles are now attached with a traditional wooden wedge, which is better not only for nature but also for the working environment. The sheath supplied with Gränsfors Bruk’s axes is made from vegetable-tanned leather.

Our current forge team members are:

AS – Anders Strömstedt

BE – Emiel Besseling

BK – Beyene Kahsai

CS – Christian Sjölund

EB – Erik Blixt

EE – Emil Engberg Bohjort

EW – Eseyas Brhane

ES – Erik Sjöström

IB – Joakim Iversen Bryant

JB – Jonas Berglund

JL – Jesper Lindström

LH – Linus Hejmer

MB – Mattias Blixt

MF – Martin Forslund

MS – Mikael Sundberg

TT – Thelin Tobias

TV – Alexander Mattsson

TP – Tobias Persson 

YT – Tsegai Yohannes

Axe production at Gränsfors Bruk

is based on five fundamentals:

  • An axe is only as good as the accumulated skills of the people who forge, grind and attach the handle to the axe.All our axes are made by human hand. And all these people deserve great respect and recognition for their professional expertise. Our company would be nothing without them.
  • Smarter production requires fewer natural resources and imbues a product with better quality and a longer life. A longer product life in turn decreases the overall consumption of natural resources and reduces waste.
  • Every unnecessary step in axe production should be stripped out. Unnecessary grinding, polishing, painting and use of epoxy adhesive for the handle has been eliminated. This makes for a better working environment, lower energy consumption and less of an impact on nature.
  • We have unlimited responsibility for Total Quality. Working conditions, product quality and concern for nature are just some factors determining Total Quality. Others include humanity, ethics and beauty.
  • Sound knowledge of a product increases its value and life. The axe user therefore needs information – The Axe Book is one source, courses and Gränsfors Axe Museum are others.

ADDITIONAL SMITHS WE WORK WITH:

Ulrika Stridsberg

Sam Ritter

Thelin Fredrik

Thelin Hannes

– FORMER SMITH INITIALS –

AM – Anders Magnusson

CK – Claudia Kowalek

CM – Christoffer Malm 

DF – David Faxby

DG – Daniel Gräntz

DP – Domingo Gas Pallarés

HD – Henrik Danielsson

HF – Frank Håkan

IB – Ina Beckman

JE – Joakim Eriksson

JH – John Hårdsten

JMH – Jessica Hassel

KB – Kyle Benkwitz

KS – Kjell-Åke Sjölund

LE – Lars Enander

LP – Lennart Pettersson

MH – Marcus Hulin

MM – Mattias Mattsson

PE – Per Eriksson

PH – Patrik Hansson

PJA – Paul James Alford

RA – Rune Andersson

SB – Simon Beyeler

TA – Tomas Andersson

UN – Ulrik Nilsson