Hi guys, it's been a while since I've had the luxury of giving deep consideration on how to move forward with my next batch of work hawks. The time is finally here to begin putting something together, and I need your help to decide how to move forward, as there are a lot of factors and decisions to be made that will ultimately influence the final product in potentially large ways. The big change is that I'm working with a machinist to cut the profiles on this upcoming batch using a mill, and we might decide to mill the main bevel angle while they're in the shop. Potentially, handle materials could also be milled to match the tangs, providing a high fit and finish as well as consistency. Using waterjet was a cost-effective way to cut more than one design profile in a single sheet of steel, but ultimately created a lot of extra work on the back end. This was also an advantage because of the ability to tweak the design here and there, use a plethora of handle materials, and generally play around while working out kinks. However, I believe it's time to get serious, settle on a steel and handle, and bring this project fully into fruition. For all the advantages milling process offers, the disadvantage is that it requires a batch size entry of about 20 axes in this case to be profitable. One of the main advantages to milling this design is the capability to use smaller stock size than the waterjet cost-effectively, as each axe will be cut from its own stock piece. This means that a steel like S7 which has garnered quite a bit of interest as a potential steel for the work hawk is now an available option. The downside to S7 is the increased cost in material, speed/feed rates, and tooling. The upside speaks for itself While on the topic of steel, 80CRV2 has finally become available again, and as a favorite of mine and others it's likely the forerunner for this batch. Besides steel options, I really would love some feedback about the regular work hawk vs the XL for the upcoming batch, and other sizing opinions in general. I am thinking of doing a slightly smaller hawk than the regular, just a hair under 12" long, that would be even more packable, with the removal of the head weight hole to give it some more punch and make up for the slightly shorter length. Thoughts? Or perhaps I should do an in between size, or maybe I should even do a larger hawk than the XL? It would be fun... This feels like it's getting long-winded so let me just end here and say thanks in advance for your feedback and input. I want to get some more of these great tools into the capable hands of this community and I can't wait to move forward, learn, and improve!