Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet – A Quality Handmade Tool

Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet Review

The Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet is designed from the ground up as a traditional scouting and camping axe. Coming in at an overall length of 13.5″ and weighing only 1.3 lbs, it’s the perfect size to throw in your pack or tie to the outside.

If you don’t read any more of this review, know that this hatchet is a quality handmade tool that functions exceptionally well!

Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet

Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet





Overall Feel



  • Handmade to last
  • 20 year warranty
  • Small and lightweight
  • Razor sharp from the factory
  • Chops like a much larger axe


  • Expensive
  • People have reported the occasional rough handle
  • Makes you want to buy more Gränsfors Bruks axes!

Gränsfors Bruks is a small Swedish company that employs 32 people and has been around for more than 100 years. Each axe is handmade and has the craftsman’s initials stamped into the blade.

I own two of these hatchets. One is strapped to my wife’s bug out bag and I take the other one with me when I’m camping or doing something that may require an axe. I believe very strongly in the idea of a survival axe and this hatchet fits that role perfectly.

Quality is the first thing that you think of when you see a Gränsfors Bruk axe for the first time. The blades are razor sharp and show the obvious signs of being hand forged. For some, this may appear as ugly, but to me, it’s a thing of beauty. When you pick it up, the handle is smooth and comfortable and the axe feels well balanced.

Gränsfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet with Sheath

Chopping and splitting wood can seem like a chore most of the time. When I’m processing wood for a fire with this hatchet it’s more fun than anything else. Any hatchet can chop wood. A good hatchet makes it fun!

Each hatchet comes with a leather sheath to protect your pack from sharp edges and a small booklet that covers maintenance and proper cutting techniques. Gränsfors Bruk recommends using their sharpening stone when doing maintenance on the blade.

As with anything, every one is not perfect. There have been reports of some finishing problems with the handles and a couple people have said they’ve received axes with nicked blades. I haven’t personally seen that in any of the Gränsfors Bruk axes I’ve ever handled, but it’s something to make a note of if you’re going to buy one. The good thing is that would be covered by the 20-year manufacturer’s warranty, but it’s not something you should have to deal with from a product this expensive.

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