Author Topic: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk  (Read 1506 times)

Offline rich pierce

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Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« on: May 10, 2020, 04:43:42 PM »
Found after plowing in a field on the north side of the Mohawk River west of Fonda NY.










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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2020, 03:23:31 AM »
Nice little axe head in great condition. The soil ph must be pretty mild. Do you have any guess on the date?


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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2020, 03:34:00 AM »
I was told this style dates to 1720-1740. That’s also when there was a Mohawk village near the find site.  When I got it, the eye was crushed because somebody tried to use it as a splitting wedge. I was in my 20s when I got it, and restored the eye to its current appearance, put a handle in it, and turned it into my main “real use” tomahawk.  The steel bit is very nice quality.
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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 03:20:07 PM »
Rich, I always wondered if those original tomahawk's could take and hold a good edge. Have you tried to sharpen it?
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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 03:49:19 PM »
(Not recommended to use artifacts like a young me might do) It holds a great edge equal to any hatchet I’ve had. Even those fancy Euro hatchets!
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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2020, 06:10:54 PM »
What a find and crazy good condition. Something about that soil must have really helped preserve it. We found a roughly turn of the century jersey pattern ax while metal detecting on my property and it was extremely pitted. It must post-date that tomahawk by at least 120 years, yet because my soil is so acidic, it looks far older. I've been wanting a repro with your tomahawk's profile. I need to save some pennies and have Eric Shatzle or someone make me one.

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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2020, 07:45:38 PM »
It was uncovered on what’s called locally “Hickory Hill” leading to “the sand flats” above Fonda, NY. Easy plowing found compared to clay, rocky, shale-y soil on much of our farm a few miles south of the Mohawk River.
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Re: Dug Iroqouis Tomahawk
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2020, 07:53:05 PM »
That is a nice find, Rich, and I would commend you on your restoration of it.

It's not easy to find a good trade axe head these days, what with the mania for "throwing 'hawks."  It would be great if someone could use that head as a pattern for investment cast reproductions.

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