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Gransfors Bruk Outdoor Hatchet 425
Outdoor Axe with steel collar: 14.5 in. x 20oz
The collar just below the head means you can swing and miss without harm, not to encourage inaccuracy. This is a long, lean axe with a heavy head suitable for one or two-handed swinging and a head weight and shape that’s good enough for splitting, and yet it’s still a one-hander when that’s all you’ve got.
Gransfors Bruk is a tiny hatchet maker in Sweden, and makes the best ones in the world. They have hickory handles and forged steel heads, and each of the too many models is made and signed by a single hatchet-maker. Calling them “old school” addresses the materials and methods, but lots of things play on the “old school” charm and are actually kind of backward and crappy. These are super.
Snow & Neally is an excellent American-brand axe from Maine, more than 100 years old. Their axes cost half as much or less, and are super values, but it’s not the same axe as a Gransfors Bruk. It’s an excellent axe, maybe even a better value, but S&N is not the vertical operation that Gransfors Bruk is, with everything made right there. The heads on S&N axes are made in ‘na, handles are made in Texas, and this allows them the volume and cost savings to be a major supplier. Granfors Bruk makes the best in the world.
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November 13, 2013
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from hardwood country
Durable, balanced, fun to throw
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