Harvey King hunters hatchet


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jbkebert
April 14, 2012, 07:11 PM
Well I got a email from Harvey that my Christmas order is done:). I originally told him just to stick it in the mail. Then after seeing the pictures he emailed me I decided to drive down tomorrow and pick it up in person. Man I really am a knife junkie can't even wait 3-4 days for the mail:D.

I will post better pictures after its in my hands. 1/4" D2 steel, black liners, loveless bolts, with red linen micarta scales. Blade features a finger groove and I have no doubts its sharp enough to skin if needed. Hatchet is light weight enough to pack; yet enough heft to make short work out of a pelvis or rib cage. While being handy enough to split kindling and light firewood. A good combination of size and function.

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jbkebert
April 14, 2012, 07:19 PM
I could get myself in trouble walking into Harv's shop to pick this up. Every time I do another knife is bought or ordered. He told me he has some new Mammoth Ivory to show me. How cool would it be to have knife scales that could be 8-10 thousand years old. Not sure exactly when the wooly mammoths became extinct but it was along time.

JShirley
April 15, 2012, 02:43 AM
Nice handle for that design.

BHP FAN
April 15, 2012, 04:28 AM
That is one handy looking tool!

jbkebert
April 15, 2012, 06:51 PM
My family and I drove down to Harvey's after church this morning. Roughly a hour drive but its pretty in that area so why not. The axe is everything I expected a fine peice of work.

The balance point of the axe is right in the middle of the finger groove. He handed it to me shaving sharp. It took hair off my arm with ease. The sheath wraps the blade well and protects the owner from it. Alot of heft to the axe and it split a chunk of ash no sweat. I am sure with a baton it could handle much bigger peices of wood. I have already cut down a little piss elm growing where it should not be. Cut a couple sucker branches off of a silver maple and made a little kindling. All in all another great purchase.

Thank you again Harv.

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ApacheCoTodd
April 16, 2012, 01:04 PM
It's funny that when you first posted it I thought "very nice field cleaver" but didn't see the hatchet in it.

Now, the more I look I can see the hatchet of it and even more to the point, yesterday when I went out in the yard to lop some cactus down - after three different tools - I ended up using this beast.

So, considering the whacking up of a dressed elk or mulee and clearing a site, I like the idea of one of these King's more and more.

Toml
April 16, 2012, 01:09 PM
Great looking tool. Wear gloves.

jbkebert
April 16, 2012, 10:05 PM
It's funny that when you first posted it I thought "very nice field cleaver" but didn't see the hatchet in it.

LOL... The first time I laid eyes on one of these was about a year or so ago. My buddy Matt had one made. He showed me his new toy and all I could think was, That is the nicest meat cleaver I have ever seen.

After using the one that belong to my buddy and giving it a workout I quickly came to the realization that it could be used for so much more. This hatchet or field cleaver has a lot more wedge to it than a normal kitchen utensil. The picture above with the swiss match. That piece while not huge took one solid hit to produce. The overall length is about 12" in that piece of wood.

The finger groove allows the tool to be used in multiple ways. Even after chopping with it yesterday it still shaved newsprint this morning. Like you said to quickly quarter up a large game animal. No sweat. Harvey made one of these for another friend that is close to 24" overall and featured a larger head of course. Yet but choking up on the handle is still can be used for many other things.

All in all I am very happy with my purchase and its initial performance. Even if I just used it as a meat cleaver or for the occasional carrot or potato that looks at me wrong. My field cleaver will look good doing it. Yet knowing me I will beat the heck out of this thing. Judging by my other blades by Harvey it will just ask for more abuse. Betcha it makes short work of catfish heads this weekend.

By the way I am digging the new name for my axe. Kinda makes me laugh

jbkebert
April 16, 2012, 10:16 PM
The maker of this blade and many others I have posted is a member of THR. Wish I could get him to post some of his work in progress.

http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=174705

http://www.harveykingknives.com/

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