Gransfors Bruks

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Bryce Haley, May 9, 2020.

  1. Bryce Haley

    Bryce Haley

    Mar 24, 2020
    What do you guys think of Gransfors Bruks? They seem really well made. Ive been looking at the Small Forest Axe.
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Well regarded as excellent quality but expensive and not exactly the magical wonder axe YouTube videos might lead you to believe and I wouldn't buy one.

    I say rehabbing a vintage American axe is the way to go but if you want a GB a GB is what you need.
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  3. TJLyon711

    TJLyon711 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    They do seem well made, yes. Although I do not own one, I can suggest an axe of that size/length isn't going to get much wood chopping done. Something to think about, your intended use of the axe.
  4. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Go to Wranglerstar on YouTube and hear what he has to say about the GBA SFA. I have one and love the feel of it, the fit, the finish, and the balance. BUT, I've never cut anything with it; it's way too pretty to actually use! I got my mint SFA from a friend for $20! My user is an Estwing 19 inch with the blue rubber handle (also cost me $20) that does everything I need. It's your money; you decide if the GBA logo is worth the extra investment. T-A
  5. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    I have had GB's and still have a couple. Great ballance, nice hard steel. Intended use is everything though and how the axe fits that and the user. I can tell you that most users resort to swinging the SFA with two hands on such a short haft, it's painful to watch.
  6. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    They’re EXCELLENT axes!

    Snag that SFA - you won’t be disappointed.

    (And as mentioned above, take a peak at what Wranglerstar on YouTube says about GB axes)
  7. crbnSteeladdict


    Jul 31, 2017
    Do not forget to buy the stuff WrangleHack is hyping using his affiliate link!
    I cannot wait for seat covers with GB logo for my Rolls-Royce; I strongly believe in W-star marketing abilities (being sarcastic)
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  8. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    He had a how to hang an axe video out at one time showing him driving the haft out of the head in the wrong direction. I don't know if it is still up but I can't watch that kind of content.
  9. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    I try to take everything I see on the great www.whatever with a grain of salt. I've learned a lot from WS and found some of what he says and does to be, imho, just goofy. But, for me, it's all part of the conversation. And he certainly knows how to make a short story long! And, while he raves about the SFA, he also recognizes its shortcomings ie price, and he has featured less expensive tools that might perform just as well for most casual users.
    So watch, listen, and learn, and, if you want to, you can cuss me out for wasting your time. JPEG_20200504_214805_1691707420086943762.jpg
    $7 vs $170...your choice! T-A
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  10. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    I'm am pretty selective about who I choose to "watch, listen, and learn," from, and disinformation is just that. But I won't be cussing at you. ;)
  11. Mr. Tettnanger

    Mr. Tettnanger

    Jul 14, 2012
    I’ve owned dozens of their products. The last half dozen or more showed shoddy workmanship and uneven grinds. I certainly wouldn't spend the money on one anymore!

    I think that they may have fallen victim to their own success.
  12. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Wranglerstar is what he is - definitely take with a grain of salt, just like anything else. That said, a quick internet search will reveal that GB axes are VERY highly regarded - especially the SFA. :)
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  13. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Picked up SFA 10-15 years ago....Great piece !!
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  14. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I'll bet he still hasn't figured it out. ( and forget the video where he shows burning a haft out )
    A lot of people immediately grab a drill and waste a bunch of time driving a cut off haft out the bottom of an eye because they don't realize they should just cut it off flush and easily drive it out the top.
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  15. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    GB axes are OK for certain bushcraft tasks. But they can't hold a candle to a vintage American axe. They have a great heat treat on moderate steel (similar to 1055). The geometry is completely wrong for chopping or spliting tasks. The flat cheeks stick badly. For any real work you'll want convex cheeks.

    Many of their axes are sold with handle lengths in the "no-mans land" for axes, that dangerous length from 20" to 24" that is perfect for chopping your shin but little else. Too long for one-handed use and too short for two-handed use.

    One nice thing about them is that they usually come sharp from the factory. So if you can't sharpen your own axe that will be an advantage for the first use. I'm not sure what you'll do after you dull it, perhaps spend another $180 on a new one.

    If you tell us what you want to use it for we can give plenty of better suggestions that will do the job better and for less money.
  16. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Is there a place where these can be easily found at reasonable prices? How does one separate good from bad?


    Jan 26, 2011
    I have the GF American Felling axe . The craftsmanship on mine is very good . I looked around because my first instinct is always try to buy American but I went with the Gränsfors because it was the best quality axe I could get locally .

    I have been really thinking about getting the GF Splitting maul but after hearing Square Pegs review I am going to hold off for the moment and research more .

    But first and foremost Im on the hunt for an old Crosscut Saw to buck firewood like they did 150 years ago .
  18. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
  19. marsturm

    marsturm Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I have a GB Wildlife hatchet. I paid $120. It is a tool that will last a life time. Compare it with a traditional pocket knife costing the same and it seems a bargain. It can chop, hammer, and is sharp enough to perform most knife tasks.
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  20. crbnSteeladdict


    Jul 31, 2017
    Thanks. Comparing it to knife prices gives interesting perspective.
    I just took price of 1904 top of the line, Kelly Columbian axe and adjusted it for inflation. $1.40 comes to $40.50 in 2020.
    From historical price point GB seems like waaay overpriced luxury item, but than again, I do not wear Patek Phillippe watch or drive Lamborghini.
    Last edited: May 14, 2020
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