Mod'ing The CS Trail Hawk

shaw11b

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I am new to this website and found this forum while browsing the site. I began modifying CS hawks about 10 or 15 years ago. I began doing it because I wanted one similar in style to the tomahawk used by Mel Gibson in the movie “The Patriot” but could not afford a custom one. I have probably done around 26 to 30 different CS hawks over the years and a little over a year ago decided to do a few other manufacturers hawks. I have done a Condor pipe hammer poll and most recently a CRKT hammer pole both of which are heavier than CS’s except for possibly the CS Rifleman hawk. I don’t care much for the Condor although it is made of slightly better tool steel than either the CS or the CRKT. They stamp their makers mark very deeply into the hawk bit face and it must be welded up before you can make the hawk look decent. That isn’t a big deal unless you don’t have a welder like me. Here are some photos of some of the CS’s I have modified along with the Condor and the CRKT
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That is amazing work. I love it
 
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I am new to this website and found this forum while browsing the site. I began modifying CS hawks about 10 or 15 years ago. I began doing it because I wanted one similar in style to the tomahawk used by Mel Gibson in the movie “The Patriot” but could not afford a custom one. I have probably done around 26 to 30 different CS hawks over the years and a little over a year ago decided to do a few other manufacturers hawks. I have done a Condor pipe hammer poll and most recently a CRKT hammer pole both of which are heavier than CS’s except for possibly the CS Rifleman hawk. I don’t care much for the Condor although it is made of slightly better tool steel than either the CS or the CRKT. They stamp their makers mark very deeply into the hawk bit face and it must be welded up before you can make the hawk look decent. That isn’t a big deal unless you don’t have a welder like me. Here are some photos of some of the CS’s I have modified along with the Condor and the CRKT
rfwGTeF.jpg


3GwiFI1.jpg


z6IXR0V.jpg


YtUYkpF.jpg









xyDg27P.jpg


xuTq1hu.jpg


EqNj0mt.jpg




19HHqhP.jpg


FfV57Ur.jpg


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Very nice work!
 
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I am new to this website and found this forum while browsing the site. I began modifying CS hawks about 10 or 15 years ago. I began doing it because I wanted one similar in style to the tomahawk used by Mel Gibson in the movie “The Patriot” but could not afford a custom one. I have probably done around 26 to 30 different CS hawks over the years and a little over a year ago decided to do a few other manufacturers hawks. I have done a Condor pipe hammer poll and most recently a CRKT hammer pole both of which are heavier than CS’s except for possibly the CS Rifleman hawk. I don’t care much for the Condor although it is made of slightly better tool steel than either the CS or the CRKT. They stamp their makers mark very deeply into the hawk bit face and it must be welded up before you can make the hawk look decent. That isn’t a big deal unless you don’t have a welder like me. Here are some photos of some of the CS’s I have modified along with the Condor and the CRKT
rfwGTeF.jpg


3GwiFI1.jpg


z6IXR0V.jpg


YtUYkpF.jpg









xyDg27P.jpg


xuTq1hu.jpg


EqNj0mt.jpg




19HHqhP.jpg


FfV57Ur.jpg


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2oZNhfW.jpg


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amazing piece of work
 
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Wow, I had no idea the CS Trail Hawk had such a huge following here. My Dad’s Hawk is just sitting in the drawer. Could use a new haft.
 

Agent Orange Peel

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Wow. Great examples everyone. I have been sitting on my Hawk for months. Now I need to stop procrastinating and come up with a design. I did not even think of modding the blade.
 
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Finishing up my CS spike hawk mod. First I stripped the paint. Then I used files and sand paper, no power tools. 320, 400, 800 grit sand paper on the head. Then I used Super Blue, one coat and left it on about 2 minutes.

I sanded the handle with 220 grit sand paper. I then mixed boiled linseed oil and wood stain, 50/50 mix. I didn't know how that would turn out, but I am very happy with the results. It was a one time application of BLO and stain at the same time, and the finish is exactly what I wanted.

The grooves I put in the head are an attempt to reduce the weight a little bit, and also to provide a better gripping surface when using the head as a tool for scraping, skinning, ect.

I will probably put some kind of leather wrap grip on the handle. I haven't decided what to do about the screw hole yet.

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LEGION 12

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Finishing up my CS spike hawk mod. First I stripped the paint. Then I used files and sand paper, no power tools. 320, 400, 800 grit sand paper on the head. Then I used Super Blue, one coat and left it on about 2 minutes.

I sanded the handle with 220 grit sand paper. I then mixed boiled linseed oil and wood stain, 50/50 mix. I didn't know how that would turn out, but I am very happy with the results. It was a one time application of BLO and stain at the same time, and the finish is exactly what I wanted.

The grooves I put in the head are an attempt to reduce the weight a little bit, and also to provide a better gripping surface when using the head as a tool for scraping, skinning, ect.

I will probably put some kind of leather wrap grip on the handle. I haven't decided what to do about the screw hole yet.

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I filled my screw hole with J-B Weld .
 
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