Hults Bruk – Swedish Sarek Splitting Axe And American Felling Axe Review
As if to symbolize the strength of Hults Bruk standing the test of time for over 300 years, hammers forged the beginning.
In 1697 these hammers began striking and continue to do so through to today, crafting fine tools and excellent quality goods that last.
The location is north of Norrkoping, Sweden. Over time the company would be owned by different people such as wealthy silent owners and families for almost half its life. Traditional manufacturing methods were utilized until the 1870’s. American production methods became recognized as the best of the best and Hults Bruk transitioned to this new modern method.
Even though Hults Bruk produces some of the best quality hand tools and axes available today, this is done by hand and through the labor of just over 20 people. These select few professionals are the ones who create over 100,000 forgings a year. That is some serious work.
Even on the Hults Bruk website there are tutorials on how to care for and maintain user’s tools. It should be noted that with proper care, use and storage these may be family heirlooms that are able to be passed down. This longevity can be attributed to excellent manufacturing and production standards.
Today, you can even rehandle an axe that is past it’s former prime. These tools can be completely refinished and reconditioned so they can be used to complete tasks. If you are looking for a great quality tool that will stand the test of time, look no further than Hults Bruk and get to work.
– 4.5 lbs. Overall weight
– 3.5 lbs. Head weight
– Long and straight 30″ handle length
– Solid Swedish steel head
– Solid American Hickory handle
– Named after the Sarek National Park
– Hand forged construction
The American Felling Axe by Dave Canterbury
– Montreal pattern axe head
– Hand forged construction
– 5 lbs. Overall weight
– 3.5 lbs Head weight
– 32″ Handle length redcuses wrist pivoting on the swing
– Solid Swedish steel head
– Handsanded linseed oil treated solid American Hickory handle
– Tempered zone designed head holds edge after numerous sharpenings
– Includes traditional leather sheath
Hults Bruk American Felling Axe by Dave Canterbury Review
When it comes to long-lasting brands, it doesn’t get much more long-lasting than Hults Bruk. Founded in eastern Sweden in 1697, this Swedish company is older than most major American cities, and has been forging high-quality axes for longer than most modern countries have even been in existence. Since the 1930’s, Hults Bruk has been using the same tried-and-true methods to create axes that are as durable and dependable as the company that built them.
The American Felling Axe by Dave Canterbury is made of hand-forged Swedish steel and American hickory wood, and is perfect for felling trees or clearing a trail. During the forging process, the head is struck repeatedly to give it a distinctive dense design, so that, despite its lightweight construction, it can easily clear even fully grown trees and logs. The Montreal pattern head of the ax is carefully designed to retain its sharp edge even without being sharpened, so that you can rely on your ax without having to constantly sharpen its blade. Sharpening the blade will restore it almost immediately to a factory-level edge, even after multiple sharpenings, without wearing down or dulling out.
The handle of the axe is made of lightweight hickory wood, treated with linseed oil and longer than the standard axe grip. This longer grip keeps the wrist from pivoting on each swing, and provides a clean, cutting stroke with each blow. The axe comes with a full user’s manual, and is stored in a traditional leather sheath, with Swedish embellishments and carefully embossed details. The total weight of the axe is only five pounds (the head weighs 3.5 pounds) , which means that this axe is light enough to carry with you into even the toughest terrains, and more than ready to pull its weight in each new situation.
Hults Bruk Sarek Splitting Axe Review
Founded more than three hundred years ago, the Hults Bruk axe company uses the same hand forging process as it has done since the late 1800’s, all as a way of providing old world quality construction while using the best components that modern technology can provide. The Sarek Splitting Axe is an example of this commitment to quality, and the time spent on each axe guarantees a high-quality tool that will provide a key part of your kit for years to come.
The head of the axe is made of hand forged Swedish steel, and weighs 3.5 pounds, which provides a lightweight tool that is still carefully designed to split logs with ease. The Montreal Pattern head features wider cheeks and a long, tempered blade edge that is struck repeatedly during the forging process in order to develop a dense, durable head that will retain its characteristic sharp edge for years to come.
The Sarek axe takes its name from one of the many national parks in Sweden, the Sarek National Park in northern Sweden, which is one of the oldest national parks in all of Europe. The unique history of the Hults Bruk company makes this name the perfect tribute to the history of the brand, and the hard working, long lasting design of the axe itself provides the perfect example of that company’s dedication to quality production.
The perfect combination of old world, hand forged Swedish axe-making and modern American technological advancements, the Hults Bruk company has made its name through its long history of professional grade tools. The Sarek Splitting axe provides a perfect example as to why this company will surely be a major name in the outdoor lifestyle community for another three hundred years to come.