You can skip the back story and go straight to the pics in you want.
Okay, so over the summer picked up a SOG tomahawk at a gun show for $25. That got me hooked on tomahawks. The person that sold me the hawk also gave me a cold steel promotional DVD. He knew what he was doing, it was like a drug dealer giving out a "free sample" of crack.
Soon I decided I wanted to take a stock tomahawk and make a "fighting hawk" out of it.
So I went to good old cheap cold steel and bought at pipe hawk. I
realized that this was a bit heavy for me, so I decided to whack off the
Messing around with it I liked the shape and size of the blade and found it to be a good weight.
Then I watched last of the Mohicans three times, and regretted removing
the back portion of the hawk. I wished my tomahawk had a protrusion on the back of it.
I decided I should have ground it into a
spike instead...too late now. I ended up giving this hawk to my dad for Christmas.
Rather than get another pipe hawk, I figured it would be easier to
modify a cold steel spike hawk into what I wanted. So I bought one, made some modifications (and some
mistakes), but ended up with a decent "fighting" tomahawk.
Since it wasn't "perfect", I decided to buy another one and make similar modifications, cutting out my mistakes.
Here are the pictures I took along the way:
Here is the pic of the head right out of the box. Complete with cheesy sticker. The hawk looks good as is, but is a wee bit heavy for me.
Here is a pic of the tools that I used to do the job. All were high quality Chinese made, purchased from harbor freight and Biglots.
I live in an apartment and don't have access to most power tools.
The first thing I did was to introduce some teeth on the top edge using the triangular file.
Then I made the top edge more accute using the triangular file (had not purchased the big file yet
Hey that looks almost straight.
Unfortunately I derped on the photography for the next part, so I can only find one pic that is even remotely not blurry.
In any case, what i did was whack the spike off with the hack saw, and then cut horizontally to remove as much material as possible from the underside of the hawk. Sorry for the blurry pic.
Lastly I smoothed all the rough edges down and sharpened the bits that needed to be sharp and the result is this:
I like it allot, its almost the perfect weight, and I like having the back edge to hit and hook stuff with.
The next step is to paint it and decorate the handle with my dad's wood burning kid (next time I make it back up north to visit.)
And I couldn't resist the opportunity to post some gratuitous "family pics" of my other zombie hackers.
I hope this post was entertaining, if so, throw me a bone and post some pics what you guys have.
Originally Posted By godrilla47:
Very nice work! How's the balance now?
Its allot better.
Maybe if hit the gym more it would have been alright before.
Originally Posted By dogsplat:
The only axe I have with blood stains on it is a sharpened drywall hammer I once used to split the pelvis of a deer.