Tomahawk Sacrilege!

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  1. Barry J

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    I may have committed the un-pardonable sacrilege.
    I was thinking about the tools most necessary for making a fire. A cutting tool, ferro rod, and saw. I also considered the tools, which make a friction fire easier; a bow drill divot and man made cordage.
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    I took the blade and locking collar from an Opinel saw, and fit it to the butt end of the hawk handle.The pointed tip at the front of the hawk handle is made from an old Nicholson file. It is ground to a point, with two sharp edges. This pointed tool can be used to strike a ferro rod, create a divot in a hearth board, scrape wood or for digging roots.
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    I have also put a bow drill divot in the handle, near the tomahawk head.
    There is 6 feet of #36 bank line attached to the ferro rod. This cord is wrapped around the ferro rod loop.
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    I have a 19” handle, which I also plan on carrying for more aggressive chopping. However, if I didn’t carry the long handle, I could just baton the head through wood. The short handle does allow for light chopping. Maybe all I would need for soft woods.
    I have read documents, and watched videos of people using the hawk head as an ulu, or other cutting tool. I find that it is easier to use in this manner, when attached to a short handle.
     
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    That’s a nice little head ya got there
     
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    Thank you! It is an H&B Forge medium camp hawk.
     
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    BlueDogScout I just want bacon that doesn’t need cold Supporter

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    Looks like a great size I might have to check those out
     
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    That's a pretty slick setup!
     
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    That is a great multi-tool. Now I must study this idea.
     
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    They are hand forged and very reasonably priced. Wait times are about 3 months, but they are good people to deal with and deliver a quality product.
    http://www.hbforge.com/
     
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    Thank you! I welcome your input.
     
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    I need to get out a hatchet head and do some study. I don’t have a hawk head loose right now. I gave away my spare.
    I’m thinking that your idea for the saw would work in a longer handle. Would mean only carrying one handle for two tools. I like it.
     
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    This was my idea also. However, keep in mind, that the edge of the saw spine is rather sharp. I lightly rounded the spine of the saw. For prolonged and heavy chopping, the protruding saw spine would be a detriment. This is why I opted for the short handle alternative.
     
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    I’m thinking about a hatchet handle, it is wider and flatter. Might hide the blade.
     
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    Once I’m out of debt lol
     
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    @NevadaBlue ,
    FYI the blade on the Silky Big Boy is 14". Drop one in a 24" long haft, fab your own locking collar and Bob's your uncle.
    Only half kidding.

    @Barry J , great outside of box thinking!
     
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    That's a mod and a half.
    Very creative multi-tasker :dblthumb:
     
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    That is cool.
     
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    IMG_3232.JPG Here is a picture of the scraper/drill/digging tool.
     
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    Might work well. Though it may be awkward trying to saw, without a removable head.
     
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    I'm in! thanks for the GAW!!

    That's an interesting idea! Very clever!
     
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    Here is a closeup of the pointed tool at the front of the hawk.
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    That is a really nice little tool @Barry J . The leatherwork and everything is very well done. :dblthumb:
     
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    It would probably be useful for cutting your knee and hand at the same time! :4:
     
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    That is maximum innovation! Pretty cool!:dblthumb:
     
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    I like it- very creative stuff there.

    I've got a ways to go... the most creative thing I've thought of for my tomahawk was to drill the bottom of the handle to contain a couple small items.
     
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    My first reaction was a hard No. But after looking at it for a minute... I kinda want one! You should call it the mountain man multitool.
     
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    I just added this ring to the strap. I always have a leather belt keeper with a snap hook, when out in the woods. Now when I am using the hawk, I can hang the mask on the snap ring.
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    Here it is attached to the belt keeper.
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    that is brilliant ! ill be putting me together a full size one, see how it works out . in fact i think ill add a saw blade to my existing bush axe handle . thank you for sharing !! just what i needed another project :dblthumb:
     
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    Thank you everyone for the interest and kind words!
     
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    This is just an idea, but if you were to add a sidesaddle sheath to it for one of these
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    you'd have yourself a full-on shelter building multi tool!




    (Just kidding; you have a fertile mind for invention, my friend!)
     
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    LOL!
    All kidding aside, the handle shape would probably work well for an auger bit. I would love to find a 1'' auger bit, which didn't weigh a lot. I wonder if they make one in a 6" length?
    Thank you for the compliment, my friend!
     
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    Look up brace bits. I find them at antique stores still sharp as can be for $1. You could weld an eye to it no problem. You could find a 1” normally I find 1/2” or 3/4” I’ll snap some pics in the shop later.
     
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    Actually, from what I can gather it's a fairly easy welding project to weld a ring cut from a pipe to any screw-tip auger bit you'd like.
    It's something that's on my summer project list:
    1. Buy the auger bit
    2. Talk one of my friends into welding it to a ring of ridgid conduit.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    @BlueDogScout and @Ptpalpha , thank you! I will start looking for one. My neighbor has a welding rig, so he would probably hook me up.
     
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    I got all 3 for $1

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