Walk in the woods with my Hawks

Aug 1, 1999
Thursday afternoon I got bored and decided to roam around in the woods on the backside of my property. I took my two hawks with me for fun.

I stuck the Spike hawk in a nearby tree by the spike end of the head while I used the Light Infantry model to chop away a fallen tree. We've had a few high winds in Pontotoc County and fallen trees are a common sight. (Like a tornado) It chopped like a champ taking deep bites into the tree trunk knocking away nice size chunks. I had already used it to knock a couple of bottom boards off a pallet and ended up cutting through and chopping a top board as well. That Light Infantry Hawk didn't know it's own strength.

I found myself carrying the Light Infantry Hawk in my belt while I used the Spike Hawk to clear small branches in my way. It also came in handy as a nice climbing tool across a couple of ditches. Having an left artifical hip and a bad right ankle, I needed some help. The Spike Hawk proved to be a useful "woods walking" tool.

After playing around with these tools I can see how they can be useful in debarking and even some wood carving. I had fun walking through my woods and my new "toys" took care of my boredom. Thunk!
I am curious hwo the edge held up. These are period pieces and resharpening of knives and everything is always a question for me. Right now I use a Spyderco (can't remember the model name) set of ceramics.

I haven't had a chance to play with mine yet, but can't wait until I can.

I was surprised at how heavy the Light Infantry Hawk was. But I guess when you were carrying it for your life to depend on it, it better be a beefy piece.

Look forward to hearing more experiences.
One thing you have to remember with these hawks is that the Rockwell is a 50-52. I can't shave with them anymore, but I haven't seen the need to resharpen yet. The edges held up to the chopping great with no chipping, bending, or reduction in chopping ability. The Rockwell is down from a knife blade to withstand the impact of throwing and chopping. I still feel I can take either on of my hawks and go to the woods and do some more chopping.

I am not babying these hawks and I have a good reason not to do so. These are solid pieces. They have held up great and I feel that the Light Infantry Hawk is a wonderful camping axe.

The Spyderco Sharpmaker ceramics should work fine on bringing back the razor edge. Remember these are carbon steel and a little thoughtful maintenance goes a long way.