Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

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Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby Stanleythecat » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:59 am

Hi all.

Does anyone have any experience with the above axe? Is it too small or would you consider it for a small carry round?

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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby robin wood » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:48 pm

It's a good axe, it is the same as the wildlife hatchet but with a nice carved beech handle. Some prefer a heavier axe some prefer lighter. This is a good weight for spoons or if you are not used to heavy work. If you are strong and do other larger work like bowls a heavier axe moves wood faster.
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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby Stanleythecat » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:42 pm

Thanks Robin

I have the Swedish carving axe but have started working a bit more with youth development services and the teenagers aren't quite strong enough to wield an axe for any length on time. I also fancy using it myself stowed away in my luggage when we go on family holidays!

Would you recommend the symmetrical grind as the most versatile?

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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby Paul Thornton 2sheds » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:30 pm

Working with youth & if buying several axes I would look for good quality second hand Kent pattern axes "boot sale" finds or similar
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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby robin wood » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:40 am

if you have plenty of money a set of symmetrical grind small carving axes or wildlife hatchets are good. If you don't then making up a set from old axe heads is far cheaper and good fun.
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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby ToneWood » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:19 pm

Careful, the Gransfor's large carving hatchet has a 1lb(/448g) head, the same weight as the Wildlife hatchet.
http://www.woodlandcraftsupplies.co.uk/ ... a33f3f0989
http://www.woodsmithstore.co.uk/shop/Pr ... ng%20Axes/
The Gransfor's small carving hatchet's head is only 12oz/336g - that is quite light. Looks like the small carving hatchet probably has the same head as Gransfor's Mini axe:
Middle 2 axes, Wildlife & Mini:
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http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87131

Brades Criterion 312 (similar size to Gransfor Bruks Wildlife hatchet & Large carving hatchet)
BTW I recently bought a nice, tiny, old English hatchet (a Brades Criterion 312) that is comparable in size & weight to the Wildlife hatchet. It weighs 600g including handle; I figure a handle must weigh 100-200g. Both also have slim blades/bits and 3" cutting edges (although I would guess that the Wildlife's blade/bit will probably be a tad slimmer/flatter, Gransfors usually are).
Heck, just noticed a polish-up Brades 312 just fetched £54 on ebay - pretty much the same price as a new Gransfor Bruks Wildlife hatchet! The Brades is a sweet little axe, as my wife just pointed out :) But mine (below) is black, used & is stamped differently
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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby Stanleythecat » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:42 pm

Looks like it has great size to weight ratio.

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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby Shankar » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:27 am

It's a good axe if like me you have not sufficient strength in your axe hand/arm or have small hands.

I have the GB large carving axe (RH) which I like but can only use for 2-3 minutes before having to stop- and that is using half way down the handle as I don't feel I have control taking a full swing.

With the GB small carving axe (centre ground) the handle is also slightly thinner so I feel the grip is safer and I can take larger swings. (I have to be more cautious about keeping my right leg out of the way though) I can work for 10 minutes at a time before tiring. So paradoxically I am probably faster with it than with the large carving axe. The shape of the handle with the knob at the end has a nice secure feel in the hand. Oddly I might return to the large carving axe later where I have to take smaller chips off as gravity and longer slicing edge might do most of the work.

I think there is not just the right axe for the right job but also right axe for the right person as we are not all built like Popeye.

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Re: Anyone use the Gransfors small carving axe?

Postby ToneWood » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:13 am

FYI I tried my little Brades Criterion 312 axe [see image above] last week for some "delicate axe work" (!). It worked well, the head is good but the handle, which appears to be original, is really very slim/narrow, way too small for me (glove size: large) - might suit somebody with very small hands I suppose, possibly a young child(?!). I didn't like it, prefer my 600g LCA (Lidl carving axe).
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