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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by AR_Freak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. AR_Freak


    Nov 13, 2005
    Hi all,

    I've been looking into different woods for hwak handles and I saw that zebrawood is a bit "harder" than maple.. Would anyone have any thoughts on it's suitability for a hawk handle?
    Too hard perhaps?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    I have used it for some scales on a hawk but never for a full handle.
    Should work but a bit more expensive.

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  3. AR_Freak


    Nov 13, 2005
    Thanks Dusty One
  4. cherokee tj

    cherokee tj

    Aug 13, 2008
    I have used zebrawood, cocabola and rosewood; they all split easily but are impossible to break longways, they are also really heavy.
  5. Bob Eames

    Bob Eames

    Oct 30, 2009
    I have used Zebrawood for duck calls for a while now. It's very open grained, and it will split easily from the endgrain. It also has a smell that is not the most pleasant (very close to a dirty diaper) when it's cut or power sanded.

    If you're looking for something out of the norm that will make a great handle, I'd mabey suggest Persimmon or Osage Orange. Both are hard a rock and will take a ton of abuse well. You can find either fairly easily in 12" to 18" lengths.

    Good luck,

  6. AR_Freak


    Nov 13, 2005
    Thanks to all for the feedabck and suggestions. I appreciate it!

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