The Outdoor Axe is the lightest offered by Gransfors Bruk. It is one of the axe types Gransfors calls forest axes (Skogsyxor). While called an axe it does fit into one handed axe or hatchet category.
It was designed in conjunction with living survival legend Lars Fält. Designed for portability and excelling at a variety of tasks, the Outdoor Axe is a lightweight survival tool heavy on performance.
The versatility of the Gransfors Bruk Outdoor Axe cannot be overstated as it excels in a myriad of roles such as heavy knife, pack axe, bushcrafter’s axe, kitchen axe, kindling maker, camp axe, and small log splitter. Even though it weighs in at around 1 pound, it can still fell small trees.
The shape of the sheath, which covers the edge and the top part of the poll, also stops the axe head cutting into a backpack or rucksack.
The Outdoor Axe also features a steel collar guard, normally only found on Gransfor’s splitting axes, to protect against overstrikes. This makes for a robust axe that will keep performing out in the bush.
The outdoor axes I’ve see are stamped EB meaning they were forged by Erik Blixt.
Gransfors Bruk Outdoor Axe Specifications
- Weight: 500 g (~1.1 pounds)
- Handle: 37 cm hickory handle (~14.5 inches)
- Protective veg-tanned leather sheath included
- 20 year guarantee
The smiths at Gränsfors Bruk AB forge what many consider to be the finest production axes available–the kind of heirloom quality tool that is both a workhorse and can be cherished and passed on for generations.
Lars Fält, who worked with Gränsfors Bruk to design the Gränsfors Outdoor Axe, established the Swedish Armed Forces Survival School and has trained the Swedish Army Ranger Battalion for 35 years at the Ranger School and Parachute Ranger School. He has also written 10 books on survival and outdoor pursuits.