Often we do put some sort of finish on them but sometimes we dont. We had some folks wanting them unfinished so we make sure and leave a few like that now. My personal "fence line" hawk is unfinished, forged from a rasp. When I get done using it I spray a mist of wd40 on it or wipe it off with a oily rag. My hawk hangs in the shop and Ive never had problems with it rusting. A forge finish or a blued finish is pretty rust resistant rom what Ive seen.
When Im killing chickens with it I make sure and get the blood off Blood rust is tough
i really enjoy lookin at these hawks.especially this one.i don't own any but am on my way after lookin at the trail hawk mods,but in my opinion it's har for them mods to match the looks of this one,i really like the file work.i am a little ignorant on this subject but that is just a nice hawk to me..