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How's Hultafors doing now?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by KiwiBloke, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. KiwiBloke


    Oct 2, 2018
    Hultafors being GB direct competitor have many different models of axes widely available most places where axes are used.. but a couple of years ago there was a lot of talk about a high quality product that failed miserably on the quality control front. Wrong grinds, dodgy handles you name it. Only thing always consistent were the sheaths (lovely looking things I might ad).

    So has anyone bought one recently or used one of late? Am curious if they have gotten their **** together? Such a fine forge with illustrious history deserves, and indeed is expected of, consistent quality work.
  2. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    I understand that the axes are made by/at Hults Bruk these days and bear the HB forge mark. I have a new HB Kalix 1KG (2.25lb) axe that I am quite happy with for the price. This appears to be from the same line as the Hultafors Felling Axe. The head on mine isn't perfectly ground but very sharp and the haft grain could be better, but not terrible. It's a worker for sure. Still better than anything you will find in the average hardware store these days. Not top of the line, but a good value nonetheless (just my opinion). I had not been aware of their knives before, but they look suspiciously akin to Mora knives. The price range seems similar too.
  3. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I haven't used them but I saw and handled them in a ACE Hardware store. They were handsome. DM
  4. Someone1


    Aug 15, 2018
    I heard that Hults Bruk is a marketing scheme available only in the US. As in the Hults Bruk name is used only in the US. The same hatchets and axes are sold everywhere else as hultafors classic or whatever, even if made at the actual Hults Bruk Forge.

    I have a Hults Bruk. Not terribly impressed.
    The handle is a little better than something you'd see from China, but barely. At this point I'd recommend only Gransfors and CT Velvicut for premium production axes.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
  5. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have a Hults Bruks 4 lb. ax and it is hands down the best splitting axe I have ever used. Sharpened it last night in preparation
    for this wood cutting season. DM
  6. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    I have an Akka. If I had to make that purchase again I just would have gotten the Husqvarna carpenters axe at great savings. The longer handle on the Akka is "in the way" for all practical purposes, at any rate.

    Other than that I use some other hultafors equipment and it's good quality. It's not some bespoke axe company as the Hults Bruk branding would have you believe.
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  7. KiwiBloke


    Oct 2, 2018
    Yeah there is totally something special about a good vintage Hults Bruk axe that no matter what you do you can not recreate. It will never be the same. A shame really as I said the forge itself is world class. But perhaps they are not making axes for the same reasons that the old timers use to.
  8. Moonw


    Nov 19, 2014
    FWIW, their website is pretty straight-forward on the re-branding, from what I recall. I think Kevin posted a link here on that.
  9. Kevin Houtzager

    Kevin Houtzager

    Jun 25, 2017
    Yep, although that was in another topic. Hults bruks and Hultafors are one and the same. The only difference is the stamping and in a way the marketing. But thats about it. Both are good quality axes, and you get a lifelong garanty. Any where Gransfors uses their marketing way more (and in my eyes not in the correct way), Hults bruks does not. Because rough forging is trend these days, both adopted it. In the 80's both made axes fairly similar to american axes and where ground. Nowadays the "old ways" are hip, so both jumped that bandwagon. But the thing you see with GB is that they tend to give you less for more money, with a story that it's better for the enviroment (all the while it's cheaper to produce and thats the only reason), HB does not do that. Thats marketing for you. And almost all people fall for it.

    Both are fairly similar in weight and length across all models, except HB axes cost slightly more then half that of a GB axe. Quality is the same, handle is fairly similar (both still to thick) and both come sharp. If buying a new axe I would pick a HB over a GB any day just because of pricing, as they are equal otherwise.

    But There is one remark though: Pricing I'm talking about is European. I don't know what the markup is in the US.
    A GB small forest axe is roughly €96,--
    A HB hunting axe is roughly €75,--

    And from a HB standpoint thats expensive, since a felling axe with a heavier head and longer handle is actually around €45,-- and the Arvika is the most expensive at €145,--

    Luckely I'm not into that marketing crap and just want really old axes. So no new ones for me. All pricing is based on the local market here. And no, I'm not affiliated or endorsed by any company. If the mods want me to delete the pricing just say so and I'll take it down. It was just for reference.
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  10. Moonw


    Nov 19, 2014
    No harm in listing prices. You didn't list any non-endorsed sources for buying them.

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