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PostSubject: First re-handle job   May 8th 2018, 3:30 pm

I tired of spending $14 on new handles for my tomahawk. I throw it terribly and often they crack right below the head. I had a bunch of spare oak from my nephews place from their cabinets, so I cut it down a bit, used my hand belt sander to turn it down a bit and then went at with with a hoof file. Fits nice and tight and only cost me an hour of time.

I used a propane torch to burnish the wood, then used Rays gun stock wax and rubbed in two heavy coats and put it out into the sun to soak up.

I am happy! I even tested it out on some seasoned cedar.
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   May 9th 2018, 9:00 am

That should work good if the wieght of the oke doesn't mess up the balsnce for throwing.
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   May 9th 2018, 12:07 pm

Not at all! I was very surprised at how light it is. The oak has been sitting in a garage for years and appears to have dried out very nicely.

Allergies are still killing me from that dust though.
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   May 9th 2018, 4:16 pm

Yep that dust and pollen wil mess ya up big time.I hope it all done with befor long. The trees get me .
I would say you arn't going to split that handle real soon.Ya did a nice job on it.
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   May 9th 2018, 4:41 pm

Some woods have dust that is toxic.  All wood dust is bad to inhale.  Always wear a mask and eye goggles.
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 4th 2018, 2:35 pm

I am currently forging a couple of tomahawk heads out of railway spikes, I will use Black Wattle which traditionally is great for tool handles Down Under.  Nice job that oak handle.

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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 5th 2018, 10:15 am

Can't wate to see them Heelerau.I have two that the late Wally Petres made for me.One is a spike hawk and ones a hamer head or pole head that you can pound tent stakes in with.
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 5th 2018, 6:12 pm

I have three hawks of different styles made by my old friend Dennis Miles of "Double Edge Forge" (two were birthday gifts). The other was a trade on something that I can't remember what we traded for? Dennis was a piece of work, only blacksmith I have ever seen that worked bare footed (Didn't want to wreck his 'Sunday Go To Meetin' Shoes') was what he always told his customers.  God Bless You Brother :suhlute

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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 6th 2018, 11:41 am

You can easily see how small this little axe is.  It is still quite effective as a general limb/brush removal.  It won't chop down a redwood but it will clear a shooting path for your deer stand.  I got one and think it's cute.

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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 6th 2018, 11:44 am

Check this page for the real deal in belt axes that were used a hundred plus years ago.

http://www.furtradetomahawks.com/belt-axes---13.html

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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 6th 2018, 12:37 pm

My little axe is 3" X 1-5/8" X 3/8". with the handle about 10".
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PostSubject: Re: First re-handle job   June 6th 2018, 3:41 pm

You see almost every blacksmith making the same head as yours anymore, pretty much standard hardware item at turn of the century.  Flea markets are a good source for this stye head, may need to replace a handle. 

This size is handy to carry when hunting, cutting small branches for firewood or splitting the tail bone on a deer or elk.

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