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'Viking' Hatchet

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Michael Tinker Pearce, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    An old, rusty, crusty hatchet head and an ancient chunk of wood from my Uncle's shop turned into something nice. Just a couple of hours of after-hours shop-time.
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  2. LoonWulf

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    VERY COOL! love repurposed things!
     
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  3. hso

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    Nice
     
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    I could definitely go berserker with that, were I that sort of person.
     
  5. Speedo66

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    Nice, any "before" pictures?

    They're having a Viking exhibit at a local museum, saw several ancient axes in that shape. All heavily rusted and deteriorated, of course.
     
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  6. Shanghai McCoy

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    As always nice work.
    As an amateur bowyer I have found that style of hatchet/axe to be very handy for roughing out bow staves.
     
  7. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    No 'before' pictures, sorry. I actually have access to a private collection that most museums would envy, so I can say with some authority this isn't authentic. :D The shape of the socket is modern. I considered reforging the socket but decided instead to make a modern-style handle; I like curves- so much more interesting than straight 'period' handles and it shows off the wood to much better effect.
     
  8. bikerdoc

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    Serious artistry and function in that piece my friend.
     
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  9. jcwit

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    Very nice!
     
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  10. Brin

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    Nice hatchet, what did you use to grind it down with?
     
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  11. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    A Bader B3 2x72 belt grinder. I am a knife and sword-maker by trade. I polished it with a 14" Sisal buffing wheel with Stainless Steel Black rouge.
     
  12. oldbear

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    Mr. Pearce, great job, I do wish I could turn out work like that in just a few hours..
     
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  13. bannockburn

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    Another fine example of your creative talent! Thanks for sharing!
     
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  14. Brin

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    I am jealous. The Bader B3 is a top of the line belt grinder. My 2x72 belt grinder is home made. Your hatchet post got me thinking, my wife wants a shepherd axe for a working stick. It would be a lot easier for me to reshape a hand axe head then for me to make one from scratch.
     
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  15. Barry the Bear

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    That is hands down the most gorgeous hatchet I've ever seen . I know your going for the Viking look but I think it would go equally well paired with a skinning knife to go in a mountain mans pack.
     
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    Well done!
     
  17. Litlman

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    Nice work.
     
  18. entropy

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    Nice work! Functional art.
     
  19. heron

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    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.
     
  20. p35

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    Here's one I did: [​IMG]

    I believe the head was originally a lather's hatchet; I found it for a couple bucks at Habitat for Humanity. Still needs a leather sheath.
     
  21. Missionary

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    Good morning
    Very nice work fellers. Keeps the mind and heart active looking into another "needed project" to accomplish.
    Mike in Peru
     
  22. Shanghai McCoy

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    And now I want a Shepherd's axe... :thumbup:
    Guess I'll have to add that to my projects list.
     
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    From trimming shooting lanes to splitting a deer, a small axe or 'hawk is worth its weight. I always carry mine. It first right in my safety harness.
     
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    Ragnar lothbrok would give you a fist bump on your hatchet. :thumbup:
     
  25. Dirty Bob

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    Michael,
    Love the hatchet! A beautiful, one-of-a-kind tool that looks like it's very functional with a good weight for both carry and work. Great job!

    p35,
    I believe some folks would call the shepherd's axe a fokos. I've thought about making one, and yours is tempting me to try. Yours looks great!

    Well done, both of ya'll!
    Dirty Bob
     
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