Perfect swing, splitting power, and impeccable Scandinavian construction.
A historic Nordic mansion situated at the forest’s edge where an active stream sculpts a ribbon into the landscape. Located just north of Norrkoping Sweden, this spot sounds like one of the world’s most extraordinary homes, a place where any mountain maven would love to live. This, however, is where Hults Bruk is headquartered.
Hand-forging axes in Sweden since 1697, the company is steeped in tradition—from its centuries-old location to its high-quality craftsmanship. Yet Hults Bruk hasn’t been afraid to improve its processes and products throughout its tenure. It all began in 1697 when the company forged steel for shipbuilding using water-driven hammers. Products included nails, iron bars, axes and spades. In 1887 Gunner Ekelund, ironmonger and then Hults Bruk owner, traveled to America to study state-of-the-art production methods and buy contemporary manufacturing machinery. The modernization of the company continued in the 1930s, as Hults Bruk found innovative ways to forge blade edges that maintain superior sharpness over time.
Today, Hults Bruk is Sweden’s largest ax producer and the brand is renowned worldwide. The company employs upwards of 20 people and hand forges more than 100,000 ax heads each year. During the forging process, Master Blacksmiths still strike the Swedish steel by hand multiple times to increase its density and durability.
Hults Bruk axes make self-reliant tasks like splitting and chopping more enjoyable, and recreational activities like tomahawk throwing more competitive. An added bonus? When not in use, the hickory handles and steel blades protected by tanned-leather head covers look as good adorning an interior fireplace as they perform when uncovered and used in hardcore outdoor environments.