Battleaxe / Tomahawk

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by I'mSoSharp, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

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    Mar 8, 2011
    I didn't know how to title this thread as I'm not exactly sure how this would be categorised!

    I forged this head about five years ago from an old VW Bug swing axle, I was playing about & learning, the one thing I learnt when trying to put a handle on it was I'd drifted the eye too small, I handled it then scrapped the handle & the head has been kicking around until recently looking for another lockdown project, I had a flash of inspiration, why not strap it? So that is what I did, handle is top of an old hockey stick with 1.5mm mild steel tube cut & bent for straps with steel rivets, a cotton twine wrap dyed black & CA glued with a steel end cap/skull crusher made from a washer nut & bolt.

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    The head is really tight, I wacked the handle in with a lump hammer in that top image before peening the straps over.
     
  2. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    That looks really nice man! Well done! I think it looks very well done.
     
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  3. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Nice save!
     
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  4. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 6, 2017
    Good job!
     
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  5. Astrogator

    Astrogator

    292
    Mar 19, 2012
    Nicely done.

    Cheers.
     
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  6. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Looks real Nice !!!
     
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  7. justjed

    justjed

    858
    Oct 23, 2010
    Very nice job, I like that!
     
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  8. Cotherion

    Cotherion

    Aug 7, 2007
    Just turned a typical hawk (its more of a tomahawk to me) into an epic one :)
     
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  9. I'mSoSharp

    I'mSoSharp

    733
    Mar 8, 2011
    Thanks for the nice comments everyone, & yes @Cotherion I guess it is a Spike Hawk so added Tomahawk to the title. :).
    I always think of Tomahawks as slip-fit handles but that's me being too nit-picky.
     
  10. justjed

    justjed

    858
    Oct 23, 2010
    You're not the only one picky about that! I despise calling a full-tang hand-axe a tomahawk.

    EDIT: I would consider your weapon to be a battle-axe...
     
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  11. justjed

    justjed

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    Oct 23, 2010
    If the handle goes in from the top, it's a tomahawk.
    If the handle goes in from the bottom, it's an axe.
    The full-tang type is more a breaching tool, or crash-axe. One thing it is NOT is a tomahawk.
    In my opinion...
     
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  12. crbnSteeladdict

    crbnSteeladdict

    924
    Jul 31, 2017
    I think that train departed many decades ago and there is no coming back. I cannot imagine we would suddenly start calling Sheldon-Wells/Lewis, Balanced, LaGana Tomahawks something else.
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    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/balanced-tomahawk-axe-408738304
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-lagana-tomahawk-early-1970s-469169728
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-lewis-throwing-tomahawk-made-2026649216
     
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  13. justjed

    justjed

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    Oct 23, 2010
    No, probably not, but that was just my opinion. And I don't really know any other way to classify those, except maybe just 'hawks...
     
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