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General discussion => Accoutrements => Topic started by: KNeilson on June 24, 2010, 01:49:22 AM

Title: First tomahawk
Post by: KNeilson on June 24, 2010, 01:49:22 AM
I went to another clubs rendezvous over the May long weekend and took part in my first hawk and knife throw. What a blast. Thinking about that, I helped another fellow with a forging demo over this past weekend (fathers day), and this is what we did. Ive seen very little to pattern it off, and kinda guessed at the construction. Imade it from 1.5 x .25 FB and welded a piece of a file in the cutting edge. I may have left it a bit too hard (temper),however I`m happy with the end result. Its seems to throw ok (from my limited experience), and Im` looking forwards to doing more... A question.... Can anybody reccomend a book/DVD etc where I can get more information on the subject of tomahawks... such as types, shapes, methods of construction, regional styles and such? .... thx...  :) Kerry
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Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: Ky Ken on June 24, 2010, 01:00:33 PM
TOW has many books  on axes and tomahawks.  Ken
Nice job on your tomahawk!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: Tim Crosby on June 24, 2010, 03:29:40 PM
 Nice job, looks very functional. Here is a link to a video, also check out their head designs.

 Tim C.

 http://www.redaviscompany.com/videos.html
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: KNeilson on June 24, 2010, 10:57:27 PM
Ken, Tim, thx for the comments and info...just what I need.  :) Kerry
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: RobertS on June 25, 2010, 01:17:04 AM
Looks very nice, thanks for sharing.  What is "FB"  and is that a rivet in the middle?
Thanks again!
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: KNeilson on June 25, 2010, 01:32:15 AM
RobertS,  FB= flat bar. I forge welded the body from cutting edge to eye and the  weld started to open a bit by the eye when wedging the handle down, the rivet is an afterthought to keep the eye rigid .   :) Kerry
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Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: Ken G on June 25, 2010, 02:28:28 AM
Good looking hawk.  What are you using to form the eye?
Ken
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: KNeilson on June 25, 2010, 03:11:59 AM
Thx Ken, for stretching the eye I first forged a oval drift from an old jackhammer bit, it measures (1x 1 1/4) at the top, tapering to about 1/2 x 3/4 over 10 inches. fwiw, great info on the redaviscompany site, surfed a bit off that and found this, great pics, check it out....  http://tatcalite.tripod.com/id69.htm   ...  :) Kerry
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: RobertS on June 25, 2010, 05:37:47 AM
Got it, that makes sense to me now.  Nice work!
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: Chuck Burrows on June 25, 2010, 09:10:30 AM
VERY nicely done for a first hawk or a 20th or.....
Here's a link to some info that may be of help in your future endeavors:

http://wrtcleather.com/1-ckd/hawks/hawks.html
Title: Re: First tomahawk
Post by: KNeilson on June 26, 2010, 12:03:59 AM
Thx Chuck, great information. Ive attached a quick drawing of how I did mine.......  Kerry
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