Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Tomahawk

Scott has wanted a real tomahawk since he got his first toy one at Grandfather Mountain when he was five years old. Well, it only took 41 years! Scott forged this tomahawk out of mild steel with a 1080 tool steel cutting edge forge welded between the two sides creating a san-mai blade.

The handle is hickory, is 19 1/2 inches long and Scott burnished it with a propane torch to give it a decorative flare.

Purple heart and steel were used mechanically lock the helve into the eye. The head is 4 3/4 inches in total length and the blade is 2 3/8 inches long.

Scott chopped down a wax myrtle with the tomahawk this morning and it would still shave afterwards, so I'd say he got it right. This tomahawk will probably become a family treasure, but similar style hawks can be purchased from Guinea Hog Forge for approximately $150 -

1 comment:

  1. I still need to forge one too Scott, hasn't quite been 41 years yet though :) Not quite sure why tomahawks are a cool as they are, but probably for the same reason that knives are.
    Nice job!