Only "cool" T'hawk I have, picture doesn't do it any justice. This was forged by Louis Tortorich from a farrier's rasp and is another one of those items I bought with intent on using, but then didn't have the heart to get it rusty once I saw how well it was made...
It's a bit on the heavy side and I keep meaning to have Louis put on a longer handle, one of many things on my "to do" list.
August 13, 2014, 09:41 PM
2Hawks Longhunter and Competition Hawk
Beaver Bill Premium Throwing Hawk with a Craftsman Hatchet
Sog Tac Hawk with a CS Kukri Machete
Cheap SS wall hanger
August 14, 2014, 03:34 PM
I found good value in this Cold Steel hawk (the "hawkbill" hawk or some such)....I reversed the handle orientation so that I'd have the thick end where my hand is, for better retention of it. Few small improvements. I love it. Medium-weight hawk, I guess, or medium-heavy.
I have one of the inexpensive Cold Steel 'hawks, which I purchased used. I've found it to be a pretty good gardening tool.
I recently removed a square foot of lawn to make a space to plant some catnap, just chop into the turf at an angle and off it comes, one strip at a time.. You can press your palm into the back of the head and wiggle the handle a bit and it digs right into the dirt like a little shovel, good for removing rocks and such.
August 14, 2014, 10:07 PM
August 15, 2014, 06:31 PM
I purchased this HB Forge “Brave” tomahawk back in 1974. My recollection was that the large, un pierced blade was called a “Brave”, smaller versions were called “Squaw” and there was a “Mouse” hawk. The same models had a pierced heart and were given different names. I talked to the owner and he said that he totally took over HB Forge in 1975 and made all the tomahawks by himself. In the 1973-74 time frame he had local Amish smiths making the tomahawks. The heads are made of 1018 steel with a 1095 insert. The edge is tempered to a 40-45 rockwell so people can sharpen with a file.
Names have all been changed since then http://www.hbforge.com/hand-forged-throwing-tomahawks
You can see the 1095 insert in these pictures.
I won this one, these pictures of it are better than I can do:
August 27, 2014, 09:50 PM
That last one of Shappa's is a fokos, unless the handle has been shortened so that it can no longer be used as a cane.
August 28, 2014, 03:35 AM
Yep, that's a fokos. I thought I put a description up with the photos.:eek:
Let's see there is a KRJ that I cleaned up a bit, leaving some forge work, and blued.
Next is a moosetrax forge.
The Damascus one is a Craig Barr,
The small one is a little bag axe...cant remember the maker.
The one that is the link is a spike hawk by a maker in Poland. Fantastic work.
and the last is a fokos.
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