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    Default Estwing Shinglers Hatchet to Rescue Hawk Conversion

    A buddy of mine came across an old Estwing Shiglers Hatchet and asked me if I would modify it into a rescue hawk for him. Sounded like a fun project, so I told him I would give it a go. For those that are wondering, a rescue hawk is used for breaching doors, windows, and auto glass.

    I haven't done a project like this before. My plan was to add a chisel point on the hammer side for breaking glass and leave the blade alone, except for cleaning it up a bit. The blade will be used more for prying then chopping.

    Here is how the hatchet looked when I got it. There was quite a bend in the handle.
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    I trip to vise and a little muscle (because a little muscle is all I have), and I got it straightend out.

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    I used an angle grinder to do the heavy work of shaping the head, then finished it up with a file and my 1x30 belt sander. Here are some in progress pics.

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    Grinding it to this point took me quite a while. Lack of experience and hardened steel were contributing factors

    After I got it where I wanted it, I added some paint.

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    The finished product

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    Like always, I had fun with this and learned a little along the way. Thanks for looking.


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    That's quite the makeover! Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by actichy View Post
    That's quite the makeover! Nice work.
    Thanks. Almost hate to give it back to him.

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    That's really cool!
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    Now I know what to do with my Estwing Riggers Axe when I finally retire it from the tool belt. Hmm...
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    Looks good. Nice job in repurposing an old Estwing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkcreek View Post
    Now I know what to do with my Estwing Riggers Axe when I finally retire it from the tool belt. Hmm...
    Check out this link. Your axe could become a lot cooler then my hatchet conversion.


    http://www.personalarmament.com/2011...-tomahawk.html

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    I think you might be an enabler... Was that an evil laugh I just heard?

    I hope your friend passes on some "in use" pictures to you (read "us")!
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