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So you have an axe and you’ve been doing great at chopping up your own firewood, but now your tool seems to be losing its touch. When blades become blunt the work becomes a schlep and that’s really not part of the plan. You want to be able to get the job done, and done well, without hassles.
The solution is as easy as whipping out your nifty Gränsfors Bruk sharpening stone and restoring the blade back to its former glory. What’s really great about this sharpener is that its lightweight and portable making it the ideal tool to take with you wherever you go.
The sharpening stones come in two varieties, a ceramic stone and a natural stone and they tend to work best for sharpening dull axe blades and other blades, but don’t expect them to repair major damage, they are just for retouching a blade that has seen some normal wear and tear.
Top 4 Gransfors Bruks Sharpening Stones
If you want to repair major damage then you will need something like a sharpening file. Here are some of Gränsfors Bruk’s amazing products:
1. Diamond Sharpening Steel
This is the ceramic grinding stone. It has two sides, one with course 180 grit surface for repairing damages and another side with a 600 grit surface which is used for polishing. The round, flat shape with its beveled edge prevents you from chipping the blade and this little tool really proves to be durable and strong.
It’s versatile, as it can be used with either water or if you are in a hurry, can be used dry too. This is a great tool to have in your pocket and any axe man’s new best friend.
2. Gransfors Bruks Natural Grinding/ Sharpening Stone
This is the natural stone grinding tool that I was referring to earlier. It does pretty much the same as the ceramic stone grinder. It’s not as precisely cut as the ceramic stone grinder but sharpens like nobody’s business and adds a perfect smooth finish to your blade. The problem with this stone is that you’ll be lucky to get your hands on one.
They are made in Gotland Island in Sweden and the natural stone that was originally used to produce them with have been depleted.
3. Gransfors Bruks Axe Sharpening File
This is the sharpening file from Gränsfors Bruk and will get the job done when you have some serious repair work that needs to be done. Its lightweight and portable with a sturdy grip handle that helps you to restore a formerly blunt blade to its full glory. This file is ideal for doing heavier work than the sharpening stone and has a trusted name in the grinding business.
And then an alternative product from other manufacturers with the same functionality :
4. Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
Okay so this one isn’t a Gränsfors Bruk product but if you are looking for another sharpening stone then then you might want to try out the Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener. It works great on a variety of blades. “The Puck” as its known is lightweight and offers a safe and simple tool sharpening function.
Lansky Puck vs Gransfors
When it comes down to it the ceramic sharpening stone has the best performance for a small, hand held grinder and delivers time and again. Priced at roughly $45 per piece though, the Gränsfors Bruk stone is quite expensive and compared to the Lansky that’s priced at a mere $6.89, you might want to consider if you want a reputable brand that’s built to last, or simply want a tool with a year guarantee that will get the same job done.
If it wasn’t for the unattractive price of the Gränsfors Bruk I would be much more hyped up about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a top notch product with great functionality and if it fits your pocket, this would be a great traveling tool to keep with you at all times.