Gransfors Bruk Splitting Hatchet 439axe439
- It’s 19 inches long total, with about a 2 lb splitting head. We say “about” because oddly, Gransfors doesn’t list the head weight, and it doesn’t matter because they’ve got a heavy one for what is essentially a one-armed hatchet…and all you need to know is the head is a steep splitting wedge and weighs a lot more than the 1.5lb head on the #420. The handle is the same shape as the Hunter’s ax handle, with the same blood-grooves. Presumably if you have an accident splitting firewood and the handle gets bloody, you’re still in good stead with this one.
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.