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The Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe, 442 is designed for splitting chunks of wood, "rounds". The thick part of the concave wedge shaped axe head powers apart the grain of wood. On the Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe, 442, the poll is not designed for pounding on a wedge. The head of the Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe, 442 weighs 3 1/2 pounds. The face of the Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe, 442 is 3". The Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe, 442 has a 27" hickory handle, circular grooves at the grip, a steel collar and a grain leather sheath.
Old traditions are adapted to today's demand. Most of the handles of Gransfors Bruks axes have a unique ergonomic design which gives a steady grip around the handle. All Gransfors Bruks handles are made of selected high quality (prima) American hickory. Fiberglass handles are stronger than hickory handles but Gransfors Bruks believes that wooden handles are more ecological. Gransfors Bruks axe handles are soaked in hot linseed oil and dripped dry. They are then covered with beeswax to help keep the dirt off.
Gransfors Axes are forged by very professional smiths. The proof of this professionalism is that they are able to forge axes with such precision that no supplementary work, to hide mistakes in the forging, is needed.
At Gransfors Bruks the forging craft is allowed to take its time. The smiths do not work by the piece. They take care and do the right forging from the beginning. There is no need to stone or grind or smooth or paint the axes in order to hide or eliminate imperfections in the forging.
A smith at Gransfors Bruks has nothing to hide and he is proud of his professional standards. When he is satisfied with his work and has accepted his axe, he marks the head with his initials beside the company's crown label:
In 1990 Gransfors Bruks' Axes were awarded a prize in "Ecological Design" from The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in cooperation with The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design. In 1995 Gransfors Bruks received another award from The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design for the "Hunter's Axe".
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