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JimStC
March 25, 2013, 01:12 PM
My fokos arrived today.

Overall head length 9 1/8"
Hammer poll to handle 3"
Handle to cutting edge 5"
Cutting edge 3 1/2"
Overall length 40" including bottom tip
Total weight 2# 13oz.
Hickory handle - medium brown (slightly darker than it appears in the photos)
Full head sheath

It is very nice and very sharp. More pictures to follow.

Jim

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JimStC
March 25, 2013, 01:14 PM
We got over 8" of snow last night. Off to the woods.

Jim

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 01:31 PM
40" oal.. that'll do some fokos. lolz. looks pretty sweet

Piraticalbob
March 25, 2013, 02:45 PM
Oh, nice. Looking forward to a review. How does it weigh in the hand compared to a cane? Comfortable to walk with? Does the spike clog with leaf litter?

JimStC
March 25, 2013, 04:25 PM
Bob,
Probably a pound to 1.5 pound heavier than my Blackthorns.
The ax head makes for a great walking handle. I don't know regarding clogging with ground litter since there is 8"+ of snow on the ground presently.
The leather work was done by the smith's wife. It fits perfectly. She provided a leather string to wrap the sheath but it fits so well it isn't necessary.

Jim

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 04:52 PM
Did you take a great swing at some lumber while out on your walk?

JimStC
March 25, 2013, 05:12 PM
I thought about it but decided against it:D. Probably best used for thorny impediments and other light stuff. I liken it to a machete regarding its applications. Brush, etc....
Also seems to be a good tool for camp fire wood so long as no trees are involved, just downed branches.

Jim

Certaindeaf
March 25, 2013, 05:41 PM
It seems like it's half overbuilt to some certain degree. You'd think/hope you'd be able to swing it.

JimStC
March 25, 2013, 05:47 PM
I will definitely report back once I have put it to some use. The hickory and langets do add that overbuilt characteristic.
Here is the web site: http://walkbyfaith777.com/walking_sticks.
The blacksmith and his wife are very, very nice people.

Jim

bikerdoc
March 25, 2013, 05:48 PM
I like it. Enjoy!

jbkebert
March 26, 2013, 12:39 AM
Heck of a nice looking tool.

Can't wait to hear a review.

rcmodel
March 26, 2013, 02:16 AM
But the biggest question is.

Have you been watching 'The Vikings' series on the History channel??

Theres some Fokos like action going on there!!!

rc

JimStC
March 26, 2013, 07:11 AM
No, rc I haven't but I expect I better. With the proper technique the fokos can be a formidable weapon.

Jim

Certaindeaf
March 26, 2013, 11:50 AM
That Viking show is great. That little ship builder dude seems to use a small adz like thing for fighting.

JimStC
March 29, 2013, 10:15 AM
The spike does not pick up ground litter. I have tried to get stuff to stick and nothing will yet. The ground is still wet from the snow melt and that may have something to do with it. Alternatively, the size of the spike is so robust that it makes a BIG hole in a leaf and leaves (pun intended) it on the ground.

The utility of having a hawk and poll as a walking stick handle is really nice. I have been alternating between poll forward and hawk forward. Can't decide which I like best. I have used a straight walking stick for years and this handle design provides much better walking balance and less wrist torque. I guess the European shepherds figured this out centuries ago and now I get the benefit....

Jim

CA Raider
March 29, 2013, 12:05 PM
"My fokos arrived today."

Very practical design for a tomahawk.
But you've got me - I have not seen one of those before.
Who makes it??

tx,
CA R

JimStC
March 29, 2013, 12:51 PM
CA,
See post #9. Actually the intended use is a walking stick.

Jim

Certaindeaf
March 29, 2013, 01:07 PM
That's the wickedest walking stick I've seen in all my born days. I'd have to attack a tree with it but that's just me though.

mdauben
March 29, 2013, 01:23 PM
See post #9. Actually the intended use is a walking stick.

Not sure you'd get this one past TSA! :D

Cool looking, though. I don't think I've ever seen one like that before and I certianly would not mind adding one to my cane collection. ;)

JimStC
March 29, 2013, 01:44 PM
M,
I have wondered if I could get that into the courthouse. I expect not as that might be pushing the limits of the ADA.

Jim

Certaindeaf
March 29, 2013, 03:10 PM
This Katana.?. that's me walkin stick!

mdauben
March 29, 2013, 06:02 PM
This Katana.?. that's me walkin stick!

There's actually a famous Japanese movie franchise about a blind swordsman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zatoichi)with a katana in his walking stick. Paul Chen makes a replica sword.

http://catalog.bladeart.com/imgs/ba05774.jpg

Piraticalbob
March 29, 2013, 07:12 PM
The spike does not pick up ground litter. I have tried to get stuff to stick and nothing will yet. The ground is still wet from the snow melt and that may have something to do with it. Alternatively, the size of the spike is so robust that it makes a BIG hole in a leaf and leaves (pun intended) it on the ground.

The utility of having a hawk and poll as a walking stick handle is really nice. I have been alternating between poll forward and hawk forward. Can't decide which I like best. I have used a straight walking stick for years and this handle design provides much better walking balance and less wrist torque. I guess the European shepherds figured this out centuries ago and now I get the benefit....

Jim
Outstanding. Sounds like it was a good investment.

JimStC
March 29, 2013, 07:39 PM
Bob,
I am very pleased. Thanks for the referral to the Otts. They are great people!
You get the credit for this purchase. Thanks for the education. Much appreciated. The fokos accompanies me on every trip out the back door.

Jim

JimStC
March 31, 2013, 06:26 PM
Did some testing today. Cut branches from a mulberry tree/bush. (you'd have to see it). The fokos makes quick work of branches. It is head heavy and that helps when cutting. I need to be aware of the spike as that adds a new dimension to a cutting tool. Unlike an ax or a hawk, both ends can hurt you. Should have thought about that.... I'll live. Damn that scratch!

Jim

Certaindeaf
April 1, 2013, 12:45 PM
Excellent. I'm not surprised but that ("using" it) made me feel better somehow.

DeTerminator
April 1, 2013, 04:58 PM
Pretty cool! I have a BubbaStik that also has a spike. I put it to good use this winter, and it worked great on icy sidewalks, and navigating piles of snow on the corner of blocks where the plow went by, but the owners didn't clear out. There is also a tip that fits over the spike, for use indoors or surfaces where you don't want the spike to leave a mark.

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