Having stocked some of the worlds finest axes for more than 10 years we were keen to offer an even wider range of premium quality Swedish axes. SA Wetterlings were the natural choice.
We just had to visit the Wetterlings Factory in Storvik, Sweden, so during August 2011 we met up with CEO Julia Kalthoff for a guided tour. We found the historic factory not only well organised with a modern approach to production but there's 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 Bruks AB. He sold Gränsfors Bruks in 2009 to his sons Adam and Daniel Brånby.
Currently Julia Kalthoff (5th from right) is on leave, studying business administration at the University of Uppsala, and owner Gabriel Brånby is temporarily acting as CEO.
Improving forging skills
The old hammers that Wetterlings use for forging originate from 1920 –1930. To maintain and improve them, they have 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” unfortunately now out of print.
Lars is also actively working on product development and the production of new axe patterns.
All axes are hand forged from Swedish Carbon specially alloyed steel. Edge hardness 57 RwC. Handles are made from American Hickory in their own dedicated handle turning plant. They are delivered with a thick vegetable tanned, locally produced, leather sheath.
Wetterlings have the interests of the environment very much at heart recently introducing hydro electric and solar power plants. The oil fired boiler was turned off inthe autumn of 2013.
Wetterlings is probably the oldest surviving axe producers in the world.
All Wetterlings axes carry a twenty year forging guarantee.