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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by CitizenQ, Jun 28, 2007.
Welcome to Bladeforums, that's one heckuva first post! :thumbup:
Your work is really impressive.
I believe you would need to turn the head over (upside-down), as the eye (tapered portion) is reversed when compared to a head designed to be used with wedges (axe/hatchet,etc.). One of the main benifits of hawk design is that it's easy to remove/replace a haft vs. an axe/hatchet where the handle is "fixed" to the head via wedges. A head like Trailhawk, with fairly syemetrical shape, might be a good candidate for a hatcha-hawk.
Nothing special, stripped head dunked bleach, and then blued . The handle I stripped rubbed one coat of dark walnut danish oil. Then applied 3 coats of beeswax to help with water resistance.
I've already modified a trail hawk, and I decided to try out the frontier hawk this time. Nothing particularly fancy, it's going to be a user, just the standard strip, sharpen and refit handle, added some file notches and finished with some cold blue.
I was very impressed with the cutting performance of the frontier hawk. It cuts much better than my trail hawk ever has. My guess is that the longer bit on the frontier hawk equals a shallower angle behind the edge. The wider cutting edge results in less overstrikes as well.
Bites deep in green wood.
Sliced right through this hanging grape vine.
And lopped off this multiflora rose as easily as a machete would.
Did you wedge the haft?
(In the pic showing top of the eye, it looks like there's a wood wedge in the haft, like a hammer or an axe which taper opposite in the eye & haft).
No. That's just the indentation from the lathe when they made the handle.
Wasn't quite done. I do have a viking hand axe on the way now.
What's the best way to sharpen the trail hawk? I've got one arriving this week and am looking for an effective way to do so. Is the mousepad and sandpaper the way to go? Should I use a hand file? I've got a set of stones I can use, but not sure how to convex with them
Any advice is great.
Small files are a great start. No need to worry about convexing the edges too much, they usually happens over time with hand sharpening anyway and the standard V edge is pretty effetive as it is.
I've never had any luck or faith in sandpaper, unless it's emery backed it just falls apart and last about 5 seconds before becoming slippery paper.
If you have access to power tools a slack belt on sander or belt grinder and curved back strop motions will round the edge until it is convex or an angle grinder with a flap wheel. (always go slow, gentle and dip in cold water every pass)
I've used an angle grinder for years for fine stuff and sharpening etc and always made jokes that I can polish my finger nails with mine.. untill yesterday when it snagged on a blade and shot the stick tang of the knife into my hand.. leading to a hospital trip! :/
Nope the eyes are tapered larger toward the top with both hawks and axes. A main difference is axes seat down on a shoulder and get wedged against it and axes are a slip fit.
You could do the same thing with a hawk.
beat work I've seen so far sir! Outstanding'
How did you re profile the edge on that ESEE. It looks amazing!
Very nice work!
Outstanding work sir!
Awesome, how did you do the work one the hammer? Crossfile?
How did you do the star pattern? It looks amazing!
So many inspiring ideas in this thread.
You guys are killing me with your amazing work. I'll be ordering some and trying to duplicate some of the outstanding work I've seen here.
Well add another to the list. The price came down on these on Amazon, I picked up one last night to build for a buddy's birthday.