New to the forum. My name is Harlan Whitman. I want to be a knife maker when I grow up. Maybe I should be less concerned about growing up and pay more attention to making knives hmmmm...
Anywho thought it best to kick it off with the latest creation.
Inspired by cartoon tomahawks, and old military gear. :scrutiny:
"... like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say. Now where were we? Oh yeah -- the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."
August 1, 2008, 03:06 PM
LOL! I love Abe Simpson!
Nice Hawk Harlan!
August 1, 2008, 05:35 PM
I like it! It's different without being goofy, which I like. I can honestly say that is one of the best looking "modern" tomahawks I have ever seen.
August 1, 2008, 05:38 PM
August 1, 2008, 08:03 PM
I want to be a knife maker when I grow up.
First, welcome to THR.
Second, you must not know very many knife makers if you think they're very grown up. ;)
Third, good looking modern Hawk!
Why'd you pick 154-CM for a small ax? I assume you didn't through harden it so how'd you quench it?
August 1, 2008, 08:06 PM
It does remind me of something out of anime. I like it. It looks like it would be fairly balanced, not a lot of bias toward the head, with that tang. What's the balance like?
Now that I think of it, does it really matter, as long as the weight is that far forward?
August 1, 2008, 08:55 PM
that is a beast sir, great work, may I ask what the approx. weight is please?
August 2, 2008, 01:31 PM
HSO - So the 154cm is due to requests for a stainless hawk. I normally use 01 or 5160 and if insisted upon stainless I used 440c, but being curious I wanted to try the 154cm.
In your opinion what would you have used? I would like to know.
quenched edge first untill flames stopped pulled out, put back in held tell smoke started to reside then rolled it along the top and around to the back slowly.
I tested a few failed a few and this seems to be working for me. The last one made like this was even bigger and has taken a seriously brutal testing and survived.
Don Gwinn - This is a shape that through testing with many pieces of acrylic and plywood I have come to really like due to the balance. The head weight seems to do a lot of the work for you when chopping, and the angle of the handle keeps the control very well. I feel like out of all my designs this is one of the ones that I would want to take into combat. Balance has a lot to do with preference in my opinion. This axe shape normally gets a good "oh yeah" when somone picks it up and start swinging it around.
As for the overall weight I'll have to get back to ya. No scale just moved to Portland and had to leave behind so many tools in Missouri:(
Again thanks for all your comments!!!
August 7, 2008, 01:32 AM
Weight is 771 grams 1.7 lbs.
Finally got hold of a scale.
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