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New Fokos

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Terry Guinn, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Terry Guinn

    Terry Guinn

    Oct 9, 2002
    I have always wanted to make some fokos after reading about them in a Knives Annual several years ago. I finally gathered up materials and took the time to make a few.
    They are really neat, much handier than a walking stick...:)
    A-2 steel with heat treat oxidide finish.
    shaft is canvas phonolic (micata) 36" long, 1" diameter. Very stong, with very little flex.
    Thanks for looking!




  2. savageknives


    May 11, 2009
    too cool. is there anything inside the hafts to add rigidity or is it straight micarta?
  3. euroross

    euroross Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2008
    Very nice!
  4. Terry Guinn

    Terry Guinn

    Oct 9, 2002
    These are solid micata.

    Savageknives, I noticed your location, I am about 50 -60 mi. east.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010


    Jul 28, 2006
    That is cool!!
  6. FoxholeAtheist


    Apr 7, 2003
    How long is the haft on those?
  7. savageknives


    May 11, 2009
    haha cool. Viva La Republic!
  8. C Bryant

    C Bryant Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    wicked!!! Very nice.

    I have one, I love it.
  9. lamepro


    Jul 11, 2008

    those are quiet awesome!
  10. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Very nice design...Great looking work !
  11. Rev


    Mar 28, 2002
    Badass looking hawks!

    Love that hammer poled one.
  12. Bushman5


    Oct 31, 2007
    whoa very cool!

    where did you find micarta like that?
  13. vector001


    Aug 4, 2007
    a lot of plastics companies carry it.

    those are pretty, brother.

    i love the millwork on the head junctions.

  14. Cynt


    Dec 8, 2009
    Those are sexy.... good god.
  15. Terry Guinn

    Terry Guinn

    Oct 9, 2002
    Thanks for all the nice complements :)

    I found several sources on Google...........all expensive
    I decided on US plastic.....then at checkout I found $50 shipping for 5 rods...
    But what the heck...I wanted to make some Fokos....:D
  16. cherokee tj

    cherokee tj

    Aug 13, 2008
  17. Terry Guinn

    Terry Guinn

    Oct 9, 2002
  18. thompsonblades


    Dec 25, 2009
    Okay, new project for me to try.
  19. ma tumba

    ma tumba

    Apr 5, 2014
    This is the old thread, but these blades are just fantastic! I wonder if they could still be made?
  20. littleknife


    Nov 29, 2000
    Nice looking walking cane axes.

    Historically the fokos had more slender head, and the ones with spikes had usually more blunted points and were not sharpened on the lower side.

    The spike or hammer part opposite of the axe/hatchet blade, called the ‘fok’ (hence the name ‘fokos) was designed to penetrate armor and the long handle allowed for relatively light heads.
    It was originally a weapon used by light cavalry and not a walking stick. It was a fast weapon used to strike and hook and was extensively used by the 9th and 10th century Magyars, as well as later in the 13th century by the Cumans who fled the Mongols and settled in Hungary.

    By the 18th century it became a weapon used by both the Hungarian cavalry and foot soldiers of the ‘kuruc’ fighters, the Hungarian insurgents fighting against the Austrian Hapsburg occupation.
    It became the weapon of choice of the 18th-19th century peregrine students, outlaws and rural wardens. By the mid 19th century the head was frequently made of cast brass rather than steel.

    In the 18th-19th century the slip-fitted (“tomahawk style”) head was designed to be slipped on and off easily, thus allowing it to be concealed quickly, leaving the owner with an inconspicuous looking walking stick only. Thus the only sharpened edge was that of the narrow hatchet blade.

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