Mini hatchet/tomahawks run

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  1. JTknives

    JTknives Blade Heat Treating www.jarodtodd.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 11, 2006
    I’m considering doing a run of the small hatchets or tactical tomahawks. Have not settled on a design yet but I’m wondering if there are any takers. Material is still up in the air but sky’s the limit. Right now I have some .163 8670 and .186 80CrV2 in stock that would work great. I also have some .138 aebl as well. But I can bring in anything.


    I have been tweaking things just a little here and there and think I have a real solid design. I lengthened the tang area a bit to a 5” long grip. After looking it over I’m thinking of moving the top hole down and recentering the middle hole again.
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  2. ren01228

    ren01228

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    Apr 30, 2018
    I was the person who just sent you guys an email about heat treating one, good timing lol. I’m not picky about the steel although I’d prefer 1/4”, but if that’s not an option I’d prob be in for 1-2 of the .186” 80crv2 depending on price.

    If this doesn’t end up happening I’ll still be sending you guys one to heat treat with my next batch, I’ll make sure it’s under 5” wide as you said though. I’ll be looking forward to updates on this :thumbsup:
     
  3. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Lets see what the design is
     
  4. NeutronStar

    NeutronStar

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    Jul 22, 2019
    I'm definitely interested, would like to see the design and cost.
     
  5. HKGuns

    HKGuns

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    Jan 28, 2019
    I’d be interested in something depending on design and price.
     
  6. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    I could be persuaded to get some .186” 80crv2 depending on the design.

    would there be an order minimum for this?
     
  7. ten-six

    ten-six

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    Mar 11, 2017
    Lets see a design, spec options, and prices. I think they're silly but I might be persuaded otherwise for the right price...
     
  8. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    To be honest, less than 1/4" isn't really much more than a hatchet shaped knife - .36" would be even better. I think the metal is less important than the thickness. 5160, 1075, 1080,1084,9260, 80CrV, would all make a good belt hatchet.

    9" to 10" length and a head with a heel/poll of 2" and a edge of 2.5" would be good. 3" from heel to edge is about right.
     
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  9. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    You've lost me here.
     
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  10. JTknives

    JTknives Blade Heat Treating www.jarodtodd.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 11, 2006
    No order minimum. As long as it’s all one batch as everyone’s order makes up the batch.
     
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  11. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Nice, I'm very interested in the design you come up with
     
  12. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I had an all steel Swamprat RattleHawk. .25 thick 52100.

    There were a few design features it was missing that would likely have kept it in my stable.

    No point/Horn on the top edge limited the piercing/cutting potential on a jab/stab, and also its penetration power on a throw where it hit on that top point.

    .25 makes for more power in chopping, but in fighting less would have been preferable. One of their hawks the sniper hawk was 3/16 thick, and just dandy!!!

    Make sure your handle does not come up under the beard. If chopping through a piece of firewood ruins your handle/damages the top of your handle, it is up to high.

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  13. timos-

    timos- KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 22, 2012
    I want atleast one for myself but , maybe as many as 10 , depends on price. I would be thrilled to use someone elses design as I would just be shooting in the dark with my own design.
     
  14. E.Carlson

    E.Carlson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Mar 28, 2016
    I'd be interested in a couple, I'd like to see .25" though. I have faith that with all the input here, the design will be wicked. I find a hammer poll more useful but a spike isn't a deal breaker.
     
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  15. mooniesdl3

    mooniesdl3

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    May 12, 2016
    I'd be interested depending on the final decision on design and thickness, what about .250 Cruforge V?
     
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  16. M.McAlevy

    M.McAlevy KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Feb 16, 2014
    0.250 or thicker I would be interested
     
  17. Metalhead0483

    Metalhead0483 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 17, 2008
    I've had a couple of people asking about hatchets. So yeah, I'd be interested.
     
  18. JTknives

    JTknives Blade Heat Treating www.jarodtodd.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 11, 2006
    Looks like the thickness will be 1/4”. As for material it all comes down to price point. From AKS 80CrV2 is about our only option for the sheet size and thickness. There are other venders I can look into if other material is wanted. The issue will be efficiently nesting so material usage is not absurd. AEBL is another option but it tops out at just under .200.
     
  19. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    80crv2 for me.

    something winkler/trackerdan/rmj esque with maybe a pinch of Nordic inspiration and I’m in.
     
  20. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    I'm in for a couple, either steel!
     
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