Swedish Steel: Hand-Forged ‘Damascus Steel’ Hatchet

Damascus steel, forged by a master’s hands. This has got to be one of the most beautiful hatchets we’ve seen.

Demascus Axe 2

But you can’t buy this one. The custom hatchet above is made by Hults Bruk forging expert and blacksmith Michael ‘Cegga’ Crgonja.

He sells custom Damascus works that he hand-forges at Hults Bruk, but these are not sold by the company, and we’re not exactly sure how to track one down.

Demascus Axe Head

Crgonja’s work is sought after and somewhat hard to find. If you know how, send us a link in the comments below.

Swedish Tradition

Fortunately, Hults Bruk, a company that has made high-quality Swedish axes and hatchets for 300 years, will begin distributing its consumer models in the United States for the first time this year.

A few models will be available, such as the six axes of the Premium Series, which are hand-finished to show the beauty of their natural materials.

Hults Bruk kisa
The Hults Bruk Kisa

Less expensive, hard working models will also be available in the US. The Standard Series offers seven new axes made with the same high quality, hand forged Swedish steel and American hickory handles at competitive prices.

The Damascus hatchet will be raffled off at the Outdoor Retailer convention in August. If you happen to be attending the trade show (it’s open only to members of the outdoors industry), you can register at the Hults booth (BR317).

Beautiful axe 2

But if you don’t — or can’t — win this one, it’s worth investigating the Hults Bruk Swedish Axes that will be available in the U.S. They are regarded as quality tools and it will be nice to have them as a high-end option in shops soon.

Beautiful Axe


Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.