CRKT Woods Nobo T-Hawk Use update post #15

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  1. Kelly W

    Kelly W Love the Axe Supporter

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    I got this today so this is basically an un-boxing.
    There was a deals thread ---->https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/crkt-nobo-hawk-29.211712/
    .... and I got it to my door for 29$ plus tax.

    I have three other CRKT axes and I'm very satisfied with them. I do not like the fact that they are made in taiwan.. but, I have found them to be very durable and not too hard on the eyes.

    The label says 1055 carbon steel, designed by Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical. That all sounds pretty good.

    Here it is out of the box. It is sharp.

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    I was impressed with the edge. Not perfect but a really nice grind and I will say again it is sharp. You notice what looks like rolling of the edge some what. It is actually what ever it is coated with peeling off.

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    There is some finish issues. The haft has been pressed. Piss poor job but a few minutes will fix it right up. This head actually wiggles a little. Not a game changer for me. Opportunity to tune it.

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    About 19 inch OAL, weighs in at 1 3/4 lbs. Nice size.

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    Hard to photo the grind but I was impressed. Some tinkering will only make it better.

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    Sharp. Surprised me.

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    That's it. I'll swing it this weekend I hope and check back in.
     
  2. Wasp

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    Great, glad I was able to help you get a good deal. :)
     
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    Mine was dull. A few minutes on the belt sander, time to rock n roll. I also jute wrapped the handle with epoxy. Not so slippery now.
     
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    I got the CRKT Woods Chogan. I had to sharpen mine up a little as well, but it's a beast. A lot heaver then I expected.
     
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    I like my Chogan. I've had it a while so I can't remember how sharp it was OOB, but I can tell you it's sharp now, lol.

    I always go back and forth about sharpening the beard, entirely or partially. So far, unsharpened has won.
     
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    I liked the look of these but the bit looks too thick for just a tomahawk. Unless you want a very light splitter.
     
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  7. Kelly W

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    I really don't think it is too thick. I'm going try try and get out with it this weekend. Maybe I can give some real feedback on it then.
     
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    Good review thanks.
     
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    Nice write up. Going to order one and compare it to an HB. Goal for 2018 is to learn to throw a hawk so it will get some abuse.

    Made in Taiwan is fine with me. The Taiwanese buy a lot of old manufacturing equipment that companies in the US no longer use then put out a quality product.

    Wonder if CRKT bought the power hammer RMJ was contracting to forge the Shrikes. A guy can hope for a Taiwanese made froged Shrike in the sub $100 price range. They are close with this one.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I04Q6W...coliid=I3E7A9MWQ8U28Y&colid=A5UJR9SM4TQM&th=1
     
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    I consider my Chogan to be more of a small ax performance wise . But one thing I'm sure we can agree on it will move some wood .
     
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    I got one (Nobo) and have been quite dazzled by its chopping ability. The nicely ground edge and the weight of it really blows through some good sized wood.
     
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    The Chogan is an excellent tool. It splits wood very well and is good at many common camp tasks. I love mine.
     
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    Love my Chogan as well. This Nobo appears to be a poll free Chogan. Great choppers and splitters for the money.
     
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    I like mine too. Came dull, but that's ok. Took a great edge.
     
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    Please refer to the OP for pics of the delivered condition. Not too bad...not great.

    I've neglected the Nobo. I started fiddling with it again yesterday. First order of business was getting fixing the haft. Nasty mushroom from hydraulic set. Remove varnish.

    Rasp and elbow grease to fix mushroom. Used Japanese cutlery knife to scrape off varnish.

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    Although the hawk was sharp. It wasn't kelly w sharp so I took the file to it. Was surprising how out of wack the edge was once I started "fixing" it.

    Before

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    After..The file is a magical thing. Wear gloves.

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    On to using it. Here it is all fixed up with it victims in the fore ground. Noting but pine limbs. They need to get off my lawn.

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    I took some small cuts off first to get the "feel". 2 wacks.

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    Worked better with some use. 2 wacks on these too.

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    The Nobo worked great for a light hawk and especially for the price. I scrubbed it with a scotchbrite to check for any edge damage and it came through without issue.

    Not bad for 20 some $$

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    Well worth my investment.
     
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    Ha ha "get off my lawn pine limbs"

    You made that thing shine bud
     
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  17. Kelly W

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    Thank you & Yea I like my lawn. :)
     
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    Walt Kowalski would be proud!
     
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    I know it's marketed as a Tomahawk buy I see it as a small ax . I really appreciate the thicker bit . Being able to remove the head is a bonus in my opinion .
     
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