Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul
Located in the Swedish village of Gränsfors, the Gransfors Bruks Forge has been making axes for over 100 years and their reputation is worldwide. All the axes produced by Gränsfors Bruk are hand forged and they are so proud of the workmanship of their smiths that each axe head is marked with the identity of the man who made. The heads are minimally finished, just on the cutting edge so evidence of the quality forging is seen on the axe.
In addition to this handbuilt tradition, Gransfors also has made a commitment to the environment and only uses environmentally friendly materials in the production of their axes such as foregoing paint and epoxy adhesives on their handles and using no harsh chemicals when tanning leather for their sheaths.
Their Gransfors Bruks splitting maul is the heaviest axe they produce, but still on the lighter side in this category with a 5.5 lbs head and a 2.5 inch cutting edge. Like many of the European axes, the bit edge is a little thinner than others for easy cut entry but transitions nicely to the wide poll. The head is edge beveled to reduce sticking in the cut and the slightly extended poll end is designed for effectively driving a splitting wedge.
The Hickory handle is on the shorter size for this type of axe at 31 inches but has the nice addition of a protective steel collar below the axe head to help absorb some abuse from heavy hitting and some light grooves at the handle end help grip. This model also includes a vegetable-tanned leather sheath and is an effective tool at a user-friendly size and weight, perfect for round splitting.
Gransfors Bruks is a company that needs no introduction when it comes to axes. Their performance and European workmanship is second to none. They put as much effort into their splitting mauls as well. This medium weight Gransfors Bruks splitting maul is as fine an axe as you could ask for, its got a sharp, deep cutting head, high quality steel, a stout Hickory handle, and great performance. You might balk at paying this much for a splitting maul, but you can rest assured that its the last one you will ever buy and quite likely a tool that you will pass down to your son someday.
For reviews of other quality splitting mauls see the Splitting Maul Guide.
Length: 31.5 in
Weight: 5.5 lbs
Edge: 2.5 in
Base: Hand forged steel