Riggers Hatchet

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by outdoorbum, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. outdoorbum

    outdoorbum

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    Jul 8, 2011
    In my attempt to keep up with all of you I found these on sell at Hope Depot (Home Depot) for $17 to $20. A little heavy in the head but a decent value. Large hammer head for driving stakes. Info from the Vaughn website "Our Rig Builder Hatchet is an all-purpose, heavy-duty hatchet, excellent for rough framing, concrete forms, fence building and many other projects. Forged from American made, high carbon steel, the Rig Builder's Hatchet contains a full-polished head with specially tempered 3 1/2" blade, 28 oz. head and an extra-large, milled striking face with deep throat. The 17 1/2" inch handle is high density, American hickory. Also available is a fiberglass version, featuring a high impact overstrike guard along with an exclusive vibration absorbing hollow core design"
     

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  2. HandAxeProMan

    HandAxeProMan

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    Apr 9, 2011
    This unit is begging to be modified. Go crazy with it and give us pictures all along the way.
     
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  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I got a few Estwing Rigger's Axes in stock and thinned/convexed the factory edges on them. It's a heck of a tool, and a new favorite of mine. The nail puller notch is great for pulling wire from old fences, which I'm sure we've all run into plenty of times before!

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  4. outdoorbum

    outdoorbum

    11
    Jul 8, 2011
    I do like my Estwing's and this is just a great value to tinker with. It is a very versatile tool (for me) and I use it almost daily. I am a little stumped on mods but I will post pix of it ASAP. So far I have ground all the edges down and thinned the blade, it does need to go to the belt sander for some serious attention. I plan to sharpen it, finish the head and strip and wrap the handle. What else should I do?

    BTW: I bought 7 all total (2 sold immediately) so I have some to play with
     
  5. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    I have about 30 of those from flea markets. Top price paid - $5.
     
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  6. HandAxeProMan

    HandAxeProMan

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    Apr 9, 2011
    It's good to see another North Carolina "ridge runner" on the forum. Any suggestions would depend on whether you are going to keep it as a hatchet or convert it to one of the many hawk designs.
     
  7. stomper64

    stomper64

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    Jan 17, 2007
    Been searching e-bay uk for a traditional wooden handled carpenters hatchet as we call them for a modding but only come up with the steel shafted type, a few from the US but the postage they want just drives the price up ( im a tight wad) the search continues.
    Chris.
     
  8. outdoorbum

    outdoorbum

    11
    Jul 8, 2011
    I will prob leave these close to their basic design. I did grind all the edges and smooth the head out to flow better and give it a sleeker appearance. I plan to strip and finish the head and handle. I will wrap the handle with some kind of cord. I will post pix ASAP. My plan is to use these as "working" hatchets and leave the tactical sstuff to the CS fleet. Would be nice to mod it into a Death Dealer ax but we will see (my tool assortment and ability both limit me).
     
  9. broe

    broe

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    May 8, 2011
    Construction or carpenter's axe is a normal name for them and they lend themselves very well to hawk mods. I look for them all over at yard sales and flea markets as well as old ball pein hammers for hammer forged heads. Lot of fun.
     
  10. Jared1984

    Jared1984

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    Nov 26, 2020
    My vaugn 18" fell apart after stripping and linseed. Lacquer in the eye still. Just bought a boys handle to redo it. Def some work, but should be way nicer for knocking limbs and such.
     
  11. Jared1984

    Jared1984

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    Nov 26, 2020
    Also noticed the eye is tapered towards the top.. smaller on top vs bottom. Seems wrong. Plan on filing it straight at least, if not a slight taper to open it a bit larger on top vs bottom. Any objections?
    Vaugn riggers hatchet head.
     
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  12. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    That's a helluva deal for a new Vaughan. I'd pick up several at that price. God only knows how long they'll still be made in America.
     
  13. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    You're gonna need a Time machine........ ;)
     
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  14. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks, I hadn't noticed the date on gthe OP.
     
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  15. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    You would be thinking of the standard half hatchet which is similar but has a smaller often octagonal hammer face.
    Those are the most common ones usually.
    Here it's the riggers axes I see at the swap meet because the framers used to prefer them before regulations made them a no-go.
     

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