Take a look at the CRKT Berserker Axe.
It will have a more secure handle connection than most Cold Steel Hawks, has 1055 steel like the CS hawks, has a functional hammer poll and the bearded "Viking style" bit will be very versatile for bushcraft and self defense.
The Vaughan rigging hatchet...
The Taiwan made are 1055 monosteel, drop forged. I think they are great for the price.
The H&B Forge ones are hand forged the traditional way by wrapping a mild 1018 steel around a 1095 steel bit.
These hawks will hold a better edge than the 1055 ones and will be just as tough if not more...
This not one of those "It can be only one" situations.
Keep all 3 and use them for different tasks, or even for the same ones.
After all I presume you use more than one knife in the kitchen too.
There was a reason you kept them after you bought them. You like them.
Keep them and enjoy them.
If you decide to get the Cold Steel Pipe Hawk, I once again suggest that you order it from FortyTwoBlades at Baryonyx Knife Company.
First of all he inspects the wares and for just $3 grades you get the special grade sharpening and you might request that he really fits tightly the handle with a...
The Cold Steel Pipe Hawk's "pipe" is a bowl shaped hammer poll. Hardened too.
Also, you don't have to remove the head to use a hawk for bushcrafting. You can choke up on the haft and due to the more secure grip you will have better control than if you were to remove the head.
Unless you have the proper setup and some experience, heat treatment is not something you want to do yourself.
If you outsource it, your overall costs will be higher than if you had bought a ready to use product.
ΛdiThiel - the ArchaeoSmith is an excellent smith, his tomahawks and fokos are top...
Inexpensive: Cold Steel Spike Hawk, Pipe Hawk or Norse Hawk. CRKT Kangee T-Hawk.
"Medium Priced": HB Forge Hawks.
All of these are good for bushcraft and can be used for tactical purposes too.
Most tactical hawks are not really suited for bushcraft.
Others who have more experience will share their advice, I would add my opinion here.
I think your plan is very good, it is better to have multiple alternatives than only a single option.
For the tasks above a 4-7" knife is perfect. The longer and thicker it is, the less nimble it s for food...
I do own this knife.
1. I find straight handles in general very comfortable, for me very curved handles are always limiting the variety of grips I can use.
But this could be highly personal, some people like curved handles better.
The Kormoran's handle is great. It locks into...
I would suggest the The Boker Plus Bushcraft Kormoran.
It has a 4.75" 14C28N blade with with 3/16+ thickness (0.20 =3 /15), a functional guard and full tang.
The milled G10 handles are very comfortable. Very clean design and great ergonomics allowing for multiple comfortable grips.
A No. 9 would be just a little bit larger than the No. 8, so I would suggest to get at least the No. 10.
It is still a pocket knife, albeit at the upper size limit.
Of course, the typical forum recommendation would be, get two or three sizes, since they are not that expensive.
The 12. is a great...
This is based on pics of identified wood pieces, on feedback but also on pics from the internet, in which case it is clearly stated.
Hope this helps.
Here is the thread about the axe/adze combo:
I looked up the Chinese big seller site for bearded axes resembling the Bulgarian ones.
They look exactly like the Bulgarian made ones, except they don't have the factory stamps.
E.g. the ones...
ipt sells some older Russian, German and French heads too, but most of his stuff is made in Bulgaria.
I also received one of his hatchet & adze combos, it is a nice carving tool.
I haven't carved a handle with it, but based on the work I have done with it, I think it would handle it without any...
Recently I purchased the Richmond Artifex II BD1N Gyuto from Chef Knives To Go, my first dealing with them.
I was aware that many people posted critical comments about their experiences with CKTG on various forums on the net, but my own experience was great. I hoped for a good knife and...
Over the last few months I made several purchases from KnifeCenter, a supporting dealer of these forums.
They have great selection, great prices, frequent deals on price and/or shipping, but most importantly a top quality customer service!
Communication either by...