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Just a simple hawk...

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by ScottRoush, May 7, 2012.

  1. ScottRoush

    ScottRoush KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 10, 2010
    I've been on a sword kick lately.. but finally got around to a commissioned hawk. This one is forged from a single piece of 5160.. punched eye. The customer wanted a reduced poll for pounding tent stakes. Mask is deer rawhide over veg tan. This is the beefiest hawk I've ever made in terms of the eye... and the added weight really makes this thing a thrower. It sinks in with a satisfying thud... and it sticks often. Best thrower I've ever thrown.

    Anyway.. A no frills tool.


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  2. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    That's my kind of hawk Scott, great package. Are you using Fiebings on the rawhide?

    Regards

    Robin
     
  3. foxx

    foxx

    Sep 5, 2010
    Man, that is thick around the eye! I like that one Scott, simple and straight forward, nice looking as well.
     
  4. ScottRoush

    ScottRoush KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 10, 2010
    Yeah.. it is. It was such a massive piece of steel. I wasn't sure about it at first... but.. I just love the weight. Might not be the fastest swinging hawk from a warpath point of view... but it sure does chop and throw well. A bitch to drift though.
     
  5. pullrich

    pullrich

    863
    May 4, 2010
    Love it!
     
  6. HandAxeProMan

    HandAxeProMan

    592
    Apr 9, 2011
    I love the design! It may not be as good for fighting as some of the lighter ones, but I bet it would be superior for general woods running. Excellent package.

    Howard
     
  7. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    That is brutal and awesome. Looks like a hawk that can process some wood! The sheath looks like you took a nod from Randy Church. Nice package.
     
  8. ScottRoush

    ScottRoush KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 10, 2010
    Thanks folks....

    Yeah... It eats wood that's for sure. And that is one of the reasons I haven't really liked my past hawks.. at least in terms of bush tools. Just not all that effective at chopping.

    On the sheath...actually John Cohea is a good friend of mine. It's hard not to attempt rawhide sheaths hanging around him. Besides ... he sent me his DVDs.
     
  9. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Wow! Now that's the kind of hawk I would want. Nice and beefy.

    Do you think the difficulty was because of the high carbon content of 5160? I'm curious because I'm thinking about forging a small axe out of a tractor leaf spring - likely 5160. I bet the punch gets hot quickly.

    At what heat do you punch and drift this steel? Orange? Bright orange? Did you use a slitter first or just punch it?
     
  10. Barry Clodfelter

    Barry Clodfelter

    469
    May 29, 2007
    Nice job Scott!
     

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