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Mod'ing The CS Trail Hawk

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by CitizenQ, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Samon

    Samon

    Nov 12, 2012
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  2. cubezombie

    cubezombie

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    Nov 21, 2012
    first cold steel tomahawk and first mod...I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.

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  3. Spey

    Spey

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    Apr 15, 2012
  4. stefan_wolf_ss

    stefan_wolf_ss

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    Jul 29, 2009
    1/3 of the job - done...

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  5. The Warrior

    The Warrior ◄►Dubz◄► Moderator Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Finished up the trail hawk for my neighbors son. Sure didn't take long to mod. Removed the set screw, stripped the head, ground the eye socket, sanded the handle, gave it some slight burn marks, a light coat of red mahogany stain, and a coat of danish oil. Only took a few hours. Crappy indoor photos. The lighting makes it look lighter than it really is:

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  6. NCSlice

    NCSlice Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 22, 2015
    That looks great man! Been keeping an eye on them. The wife's gonna be pissed but they're $25 so....
    I'll have one in time for a weekend mod project!
     
  7. The Warrior

    The Warrior ◄►Dubz◄► Moderator Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Thanks man. So easy to do. I'm gonna get another in the very near future.
     
  8. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    Okay folks, I may be joining this group soon. I just purchased a Cold Steel Frontier Hawk and should get it any day now. I've got ideas for the shaft, but when I strip the finish off the head, I'd like it to have that dull worn look. Any advice on how to go about getting it? Is it necessary to boil vinegar and let it cook? Or can I just leave it soaking in a tub of cold vinegar overnight and get the same results?
     
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  9. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    Okay folks, so I've officially joined the club. Here's my Frontier Hawk, and what I did to it.

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    My skills at applying stain evenly over the length of the handle are abysmal. Two coats and neither one of them turned out any good, regardless of how many times I passed over them.
     
  10. tanglediver

    tanglediver Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 2, 2013
    That is an attribute of wood grain, it's God's copyright, no two are ever alike.
    They look great from here! :D
     
  11. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    I've got two other hawks ordered and on the way. With them I'm thinking about drilling a lanyard hole, and sticking a copper insert in them. I've got a lot of narrow copper piping on hand for such a project.
     
  12. caine

    caine

    Nov 9, 2003
    great thread
     
  13. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    As we speak the stain is drying on the next two hawks. They're definitely going to be a step above the frontier hawk.
     
  14. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    Alright everyone. It's time for pictures!

    I started off my restaining the handle on the frontier hawk.

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    It took some damage when chopping down a tree, because I missed the concrete just under the dirt.

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    Next is my favorite so far, the pipe hawk.

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    I don't know what this is, but this stain is on both sides of the hawk in the same place, and it withstood three applications of paint stripper.

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    And now the rifleman hawk.

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    All three together.

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    And some close ups of the handle work I've done.

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    I'm particularly proud of the inserts. I cut 3/8" OD copper pipe, polished it, sanded it, filed it, contoured it to the curves of the handle, reamed out the edges, and swaged the ends for a good solid fit.
     
  15. AR_Freak

    AR_Freak

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    Nov 13, 2005
    Just starting to mod my CS Spike hawk handle and I have a quick question....after the stain dries, should I sand it before I introduce the boiled linseed oil?

    Any help is appreciated!
     
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  16. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    I use 0000 steel wool knocks off the burrs.
     
  17. AR_Freak

    AR_Freak

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    Nov 13, 2005
    Thanks!
     
  18. AR_Freak

    AR_Freak

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    Nov 13, 2005
    I actually got two hawks done. Nothing elaborate but I like 'em!

    The Spike hawk. Stripped the head (It still has some darker spots....kinda like them too!) Vinegar patina. sanded the handle for fit and stained it in walnut and BLO.

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    This one is the CS Pipe hawk. Just stripped the head and tried to patina with mustard and vinegar. Wish it had come out better. Sanded the handle and, since the hickory had a dark "stripe" that I liked I just used BLO on it. Also tried my hand at wrapping for the first time as well.

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  19. gregorio

    gregorio

    Nov 9, 2007
    Got one of these right when they came out.

    Cold Steel viking hand axe, which I mounted on a shorter hickory hawk handle finished with Tung oil. Deer skin grip with a couple turks heads knots

    The blade came pretty dull but has gotten to a almost hair popping edge with a little elbow grease.

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  20. vic2367

    vic2367

    Sep 15, 2006
    gregorio, thank viking hand axe looks awesome,,nicely done
     

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