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Wetterlings Axes

Sadly, the WETTERLINGS brand, known for producing some of the best quality axes in Sweden for more than 100 years ceased production during the summer of 2017. The good news however, is that the historic WETTERLINGS power hammers will continue to work producing GRANSFORS BRUK axes. At the moment the WETTERLINGS power hammers are making four Gransfors Bruk axe models including the Large Splitting axe.

We first visited the Wetterlings Factory in Storvik, Sweden in August 2011 (and then many times since) where we met up with CEO at the time Julia Kalthoff for a guided tour.  We found the historic factory not only well organised with a modern approach to production but there was an atmosphere steeped in tradition, history and a clear pride in the products they make.

Since 2007 Wetterlings has been owned by Gabriel Brånby, who from 1985 to 2009, owned and managed Gränsfors Bruk AB. He sold Gränsfors Bruk in 2009 to his sons Adam and Daniel Brånby. It is Adam and Daniel who now oversee the managment of the Storvik Forge




The old power hammers at Wetterlings are from 1920 –1930. To maintain and improve them, they employed Master Blacksmith Lars Enander who is a third generation craftsman and has solid technical skills in forging. For many years, he was a teacher of forging and has co-authored several books on forging – including “Swedish Blacksmithing” .

The Wetterlings site has the interests of the environment very much at heart, in recent years hydro electric and solar power plant were commissioned. The oil fired boiler was turned off inthe autumn of 2013.

The Wetterlings forge is one of the oldest surviving axe production sites in the world.

Here at WOODSMITH we occasionally manage to have some  WETTERING axes for sale and remaining stock of handles and sheaths.

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