In the world of axe aficionados the name Gransfors Bruks gets a lot of respect, almost religious reverence. For good reason. In a time when most axes are cheap commodity items, made of questionable steel and cranked out by the thousands for sale in big box stores, Gransfors Bruks' axes are produced with a level of skill and attention to detail that is not found anywhere else in the axe manufacturing world.
I stumbled on this great video on YouTube this morning and thought I'd share it. If you have any interest at all in how large metal objects like axe heads are forged this is an interesting demonstration.
To be honest, most folks today don't really have a need for an axe. Nobody is going to go out and clear an acre of land with a hand axe. That's what chainsaws are for. The axe is very much a niche item, particularly one as nicely made as a Gransfors Bruks. But, there are still people that use them regularly. For some tasks like limbing downed trees, splitting firewood or rough shaping logs the axe is still the ideal tool. Agencies like the US Forest Service still use axes extensively - for jobs like backwoods trail maintenance it is easier to strap an axe to a backpack and carry it 30 miles into the brush to clear downed trees from hiking trails than it is to haul in a chainsaw, gas, oil, protective gear, a sharpening kit, etc. to do the same job.
Now, while I'm saying that most folks don't need an axe these days there certainly is no harm in having one or two ready to go in case that errant tree falls and blocks your driveway. Or you finally decided to build that log cabin in the back yard. Or carve out that Viking longboat you've been thinking about.
I don't have a Gransfors Bruks in my small axe collection. After watching this video I think I might just have to correct that shortcoming.
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Welcome to A Fine Blade!
This blog will focus one of my lifelong passions and one of man's most basic tools - the knife!
As time and events permit we'll tiptoe into other territory where we can use the knife as a metaphor in discussions about current events and have a little politically incorrect fun.
Because you see, knives rank just below guns as the most politically incorrect subject on the web today.
Guns & Knives = Bad. Gay Marriage & Recreational Drug Use = Good
We'll see if we can't have some fun with that.
So stay tuned, and welcome aboard!