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Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul

4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
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  • 5 1/2 ib. Head
  • 2 1/2" Face
  • 31" Hickory Handle
  • Grain-Leather Sheath
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Product Description

A hefty 51/2 lb head and 31" handle makes this maul an incredible wood splitting tool. The poll is designed for pounding on a splitting wedge.

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Part Number -
Item Weight 7.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 39 x 3 x 1.2 inches
Origin Sweden
Item model number 450
Color W/ Guard
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B000WIOE7A
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4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #61,549 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#47 in Sports & Outdoors > Outdoor Recreation > Camping & Hiking > Knives & Tools > Axes & Hatchets
Shipping Weight 7.5 pounds
Date First Available July 16, 2010

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I purchased a GB splitting maul a few years ago after learning about them from a traditional woodworking tool catalog. I managed to find one locally. I see the price has jumped up about 40% in the last three years.

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.
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By Odin's beard, I swear: this Gransforth Bruks is the +6 Vorpal Blade of wood mauls. Never again shall I venture forth into the Grimswood Deep with an inferior maul from a giant box blacksmitherie. Why, even as I unsheathed it from its bubble-wrap packaging, I felt my biceps grow by two sizes, splitting the sleeves on my Carhart tabard. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say, and this pudding is tasty indeed. Facing half a cord of ponderosa yester's eve, I hefted this finely balanced tool and with a single blow each, sent round after round popping apart like goblins' heads below a broadaxe. Standing back and wiping my brow after the exertion, I found myself surrounded by every wood-nyph and dryad within a league, each begging me to mate with her so that she might bear my progeny and I might spare her woodland home the wrath of my fine wood maul. But we shall see, we shall see. There is so much wood to split, and Winter is Coming.
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This is a top quality product that will not disappoint. Forged from high quality steel, tempered and annealed to the right toughness, this tool is created by skilled craftsmen and can not be compared to other cheaper and inferior products. This maul is a pleasure to split firewood with and was well worth the extra money.
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I have two excellent splitting mauls, this Gransfors Bruks and an Iltis (Oxhead). They are comparable in quality but they perform very differently.. They split 12-15 inch rounds of oak or maple effectively, but the Iltis is much better on larger round while the Gransfors excels on smaller ones. I usually bring out both when I go splitting firewood; using the Iltis as a maul, and the Gransfors maul as a splitting axe.

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.
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I've been cutting and splitting firewood ever since I was a boy, and many a calorie and cord I burned, much to the angst of my physiology. My father was the type who instilled in us such virtues as 'hard work builds character' and 'when the going gets tough, the tough get going'. My dad was a very good and wonderful man who has now passed on, probably because he worked too hard trying to also live up to those virtues. On the other hand, my philosophy, learned from past years of trial and error under the rulership of my dear parent, eventually led me down the road of taking the path of least resistance and "Doing less and Accomplishing More!" What I learned from Dad over all those pain staking years was; the kind of work I didn't want to do with my body, i.e. pushing it beyond it's limits to the point of injury. So, with that short preface in mind, I'd like to say, whereas Dad generally, but not always, went cheap combined with a lot of elbow grease, I now always buy the top of the line (at least what the pocket book allows so I don't go into debt) in any purchase I make. If the item is not priced high, in most cases but not all, it's probably not worth it, in my mind.

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.
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