|Item Weight||7.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||39 x 3 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||450|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul
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I am comfortable working with hand tools and have been splitting wood for at least the last thirty years (when we proclaimed "boredom," our father furnished a froe and lead club and had us split cedar shakes. As elementary schoolers. Luckily CPS didn't have the power it does today). I have swung a hammer for a living for years, and I have used all manner of hatchets, wedges, sledges, and mauls. I love my 22 oz Estwing finish hammer, I've been with it longer than my wife and
kid. But I had no idea how perfect a hand tool could be.
The Gransfors Bruks maul is the friggin' Excalibur of firewood cutting tools. The balance is perfect. I've sharpened it exactly once in three years, the quality of steel and how long it holds an edge is unworldly in comparison to the garbage chisels and knives that marketers and retailers have convinced us, their captive market, to settle for. Depending on how sensitive you are, you may weep upon first using this maul and learning just how low our standards have sunk in the last century and a half when goods of this quality were the norm. It's refreshing to use a tool on a daily basis that was made by someone who cared about what they were doing, and was allowed by their employer to do their best work. Each maul is made by one guy, and he stamps his initials in metal. That's committed.
I brought my maul on a camping trip with my oldest friends last year. Divergent careers, living on different continents, but everybody kept volunteering to split wood for the fire. One guy, a software engineer, could barely be talked away from the thing.
The Gransfors cutting edge is a little more tapered and much more narrower then the Iltis, so it penetrates the end grain easier. Gransfors head is lighter and thus, is less effective on larger rounds. In fact, it's profile is as thin as my splitting axes. Its poll is also very small - too small to effectively strike a wedge with. Its lighte weight and sharp cutting edge make it great for smaller rounds- much better then all other splitting axes I have used. In fact, it feels much more like a splitting axe than a maul. Gransfors' more traditional design and rustic finish makes it look elegant - almost too nice to use for hacking up fire wood.The Iltis is ugly in comparison, but is build like a Tiger tank. I did find a couple of features on the Gransfors not very user friendly.
The build of the Iltis is definitely more robust with a thicker handle, longer and more massive steel sleeve and a think steel plate that locks down the head. The Gransfors' more traditional mount has the small part of the handle protruding from the end and it gets damages after the first few rounds. Its handle is also smaller and harder to grip with gloves on. I used hockey tapes to solve the problem.Read more ›
When we installed a Nectre "Bakers Oven Wood Stove" (a product I highly recommend also), in our kitchen, we did it because we wanted to heat (and cook more or less) exclusively with wood. We have plenty of dead and down timber on our property so all that was necessary for me to complete the plan was to get the fuel from where it was and package it for the stove. And since we live in the Pacific NW, it meant heating the abode with at least 6 months worth of fuel. So, if I was to be the provider in that department, I wanted to make it as "easy" as was possible for myself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This maul arrived in perfect condition, just as anyone would expect from the renowned gransfors smiths. It is just as much a quality made tool as it is a work of art... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick
I purchased as a gift for my husband. He had been looking at mauls for almost a year but would not purchase. I read all the reviews and decided to get him this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lulus
It's great, very sharp, so sharp wood just falls into two pieces when it sees us coming! Then it marches over and ricks itself neatly. Really it does a good job on rounds. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Split my first cord of oak. Great Maul! and yes still very sharp.A real mans tool.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this axe as well as the large splitting axe. This is one heavy duty tool to get the job done. I can use this maul all day long. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jerry m ladd jr
Awesome splitting maul!!! First gransfors bruks I have ever used and I see what all the hype is about. Razor sharp out of the box, it shaves!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ernest Sandoval III