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Mod'ing The CS Trail Hawk

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by CitizenQ, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. savageknives

    savageknives

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    May 11, 2009
    that is very cool. is that paint on the haft or inlay?
     
  2. andrew_cc

    andrew_cc

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Glad you like...

    The markings on the haft have been engraved, penetrating deep enough so that the wood is lighter than the stain I made on the surface, ( the whole things was then beeswaxed....)
     
  3. savageknives

    savageknives

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    May 11, 2009
    wow. great idea. keep em coming brother
     
  4. safetyman

    safetyman Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 8, 2008
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  5. CitizenQ

    CitizenQ

    May 5, 2006
    :thumbup: :) :thumbup:

     
  6. imaginefj

    imaginefj Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I took mine out and ran a heavy duty decking screw through it ground to the right length.
     
  7. kurodrago

    kurodrago Banned BANNED

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    Mar 22, 2007
    Blued finish
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  8. Furync

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    Oct 1, 2008
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    I just stained the haft "gunstock" colored... turned out nice.
     
  9. Gutshot

    Gutshot

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    Mar 20, 2002
    I really dig that wrapping... looks awesome.
     
  10. demoteamone

    demoteamone Banned BANNED

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    Feb 21, 2006
    safetyman decorative point of view you hawk is ok but regarding functionality that wrapping is nonsense. After some serious chopp that wrapp will let you down:)
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  11. savageknives

    savageknives

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    May 11, 2009
    functionality isnt really the point regarding wraps on a hawk like this. on a through-the-haft hawk, yes its important even if you pin it. but on a eyed hawk its just for looks, and i would say his look pretty dang good.
     
  12. Goose_52

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    Feb 8, 2009
    I havent modded my Trail Hawk yet, but here is my latest leather project. I do have to point out however that the blade mask is not my design, I based it off a sheath on another forum, although I cannot seem to find the thread for it right now. I treated the blade mask with neatsfoot oil, but I havent treated the holster yet. The neatsfoot oil did darken the blade mask a bit, still not sure if I want to do the same with the holster, or if I want to try hot-waxing it.

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    I will have to get some action shots next time I am out. :D
     
  13. CitizenQ

    CitizenQ

    May 5, 2006
    That is sweet! Great work.
     
  14. JNieporte

    JNieporte

    Nov 1, 2004
    After donating my other Trail Hawk to Joezilla, I got another one.

    With some friends (third one down)...
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    A little wood filler (before cord wrapping) really keeps the head on...
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    A woodburning pen gives it a neat touch...
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    In hand...
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    A cheap axe sheath works very well for the Trail Hawk...
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    I likes me some tomahawks...
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    Whereas my kid is impartial to Wetterlings'...
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  15. andrew_cc

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    Finally managed to escape the city and head out to the countryside with a mate from back in my school days who I often used to go camping with, thanks to your help with fitting the head on that tomahawk, it held true and strong for the whole weekend. Heres a picture for y'all. ( Dont worry, my fires arent normally that massive, the huge pieces of wood were put there to create a cooking platform for the pans etc, I wasnt sure it would work to be honest, but it did the job nicely, and the food certainly came out fine)

    Now all I need is a sheath....... more man time to look forward to in the basement whilst I make that :)



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  16. A Visitor

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    Jan 19, 2009
    First Trail Hawk , reforged the poll into a spike. Profiled the cutting edge less rounded. Welded in the screw hole. Thinned the handle until it felt comfortable. These pictures were taken after heat treating. Cleaned it up and did a forced patina using cold blue and bleach. Don't have any pictures of the finished item... got shook down by a friend for the hawk shortly after it was done lol.
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  17. JNieporte

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    Nov 1, 2004
    I like. I want :thumbup:
     
  18. JNieporte

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    Nov 1, 2004
    The first one is a simple United Cutlery Vietnam Tomahawk. I drilled a lanyard hole and added a wrist thong, then cord-wrapped the usable portion of the handle.
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    Then I convexed the edge and gave it a scalloped underside...
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    The spike was resharpened and given a swedge...
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    My Cold Steel War Hammer was up next. I filed out a nice diamond shape into the head for better zombie-busting ability...
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    The spike was ground further back and then dulled a tiny bit to aid in retention, although sacrificing as tiny bit in pointiness...
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    I made some Norse Hawks for a customer who wanted a zombie motif. I started by removing about 70% of the black surface and filing it smooth with sandpaper. The inside of the eye was then smoothed out and the entire thing was wiped down with rubbing alcohol. After mustard-dyeing the outside, it went into the oven at 200 degrees for 23 minutes.
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    As this is a zombie motif, I gave it some woodburning etches...
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  19. JNieporte

    JNieporte

    Nov 1, 2004
    It looks nice, but it's missing something to be a zombie tool while still letting the customer have it as a Norse Hawk. This will do it...
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    The knife is a 1917 trench knife, regarded by the author of the book shown as the best anti-zombie knife ever made.

    Then I get to do more traditional, yet modern versions of the Trail Hawk. This one has been convexed, wrapped, drilled, and burned with the wood pen again...
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    The knife is an Old Hickory 7" Butcher Knife that I made into a Nessmuck-style shape and reshaped the handle.

    Personally, I like the tactical / practical feel while still having old-time looks. So this one is great for me...
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    The knife is a Buck Short Nighthawk.

    This one is a Trail Hawk. Head stripped and repainted with some Teflon underneath it to give it that pattern, mustard-coated, and then thrown in the oven at 200 degrees for 23 minutes. It was then sanded lightly and convexed. You see that I also sharpened the underside, much like a Vietnam tomahawk would be.
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    The handle is 26" long (a spare War Hammer handle, cut down) and was oiled. Then it was wrapped in black baseball bat tape. Then it had a layer of epoxy dried onto it. Then wrapped as shown.

    Here it is next to my modded War Hammer for size reference...
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    The whole family...
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  20. CitizenQ

    CitizenQ

    May 5, 2006
    Here's a 24/7 trunk kit for you fellas to look at...

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