A small, light axe wich 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.
The hatchet has a 3" face and a 13 1/2 " hickory handle and the head weighs 1 lb.It comes with a grain-leather sheath.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE
Anyone removing a sheath from the Gränsfors Bruk axe must replace it gently by first feeding the heel of the cutting edge into the base of the sheath, (there is that little pocket at the bottom of the sheath), followed by feeding the top portion of the cutting edge into the top of the sheath. This should prevent a sheath from being damaged. A cut sheath is usually damaged by someone trying to simultaneously feed the whole edge into the sheath at once or wiggling it in spite of feeling some resistance.
The axes are VERY sharp and will readily cut a sheath that is not put on with care.
If and when such damage occurs replacement sheaths are available for purchase.
They come sharp and ready to go. They are hand made and you know you are holding a piece of functional art. They stay sharp unlike cheap mass produced axes and hatchets. These can be handed down to your kids and become a prized possession.Paul McKeever
2nd Dec 2015
Quality design, materials, and execution... arrived shaving sharp
The Gransfors Bruks products have a great reputation for quality, old-world craftsmanship, and my first of their products, the Wildlife Hatchet, has so far confirmed their reputation. The handle is well designed, the grain direction is proper for long term life. The blade is nicely ground and arrived truly shaving sharp. While the handle is shaped very nicely, my only small quibble is that I would have liked a slightly more flared butt on the handle, but that would've meant a lot more shavings/sawdust on the floor and a more expensive piece of wood. Still, early work with the hatchet confirms it's a fine tool, proper hardness (Gransfors targets Rockwell C scale 57), and good edge retention after some normal work. I like that the handle is finished with linseed oil... will be easy to maintain over the years, and no sanding off a sloppy varnish. A hatchet worth passing down to my heirs! Liked it so much I ordered their benchmark axe, the Small Forest Axe. The best comes at a price, but I tend to prefer buying quality the first time and avoiding the bitterness of subpar tool that disappoint. Robert Angerer
2nd Nov 2015
Great quality, very well made axe
I am not an axe or hatchet expert and I haven't really used this hatchet since I got it. I can tell you that it is build really nice and it is sharp. I like the leather cover it comes with as well. I put a few coats of boiled linseed oil on the axe handle and I also put some mink oil on the leather cover. I haven't taken this camping yet so I can't give a review on the performance but the build quality is A+. Unknown
25th Feb 2015
Top quality small hatchet
Gransfors Bruks Wildlife Hatchet is very close in size and weight to a Fiskars Hatchet, about 14 inches long and about 22 ounces. So it is pretty small for felling trees or anything much over a few inches in diameter. However, it is perfect for shelter making and firewood processing and handily out-does pretty much any bowie or camp knife in that regard. The bit came very sharp. I easily shaved hair off my arm so take care, it is very easy to cut yourself with even the slightest brush with the edge. The geometry of the cutting edge is a fairly narrow convex profile so as you can imagine it chops very well. I have been holding off buying one of these until I discovered Jax Mercantile. The price was as good as I had ever seen and a great value for an essentially handmade axe.Tim
5th Feb 2015