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Armory, Self Defense, And EDC => Edged Weapons and Tools => Topic started by: Debo on December 21, 2008, 07:48:18 PM

Title: Just Tomahawks
Post by: Debo on December 21, 2008, 07:48:18 PM
I saw the thread about throwing and wanted to leave that one alone and pursuant to throwing.  So this is a thread just about Tomahawks, making them, and using them.  I have posted these on other forums and figured you guys might enjoy these pictures too. This hawk goes everywhere my ruck goes. 

" I went out to my friend ABS mastermith John Horrigan's place yesterday.  As we were having a beer and catching up he said, "Hey, I need a tomahawk for elk hunting this year.  Let's make you one too."  I had placed an order for one awhile back and was excited at the proposition of getting it early.  Here are the pictures."


(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge100.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge154.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge124.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge162.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge107.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge165.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge167.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/Horriganforge149.jpg) 

We left a rich patina finish on it by putting it in the forge and taking it out allowing the scale to build, wire brushing it off, and putting it in the forge again several times.  This left a finish that is more resistant to rust as well as a nice burnished look.  We oil quenched the edge and the hammer head for heat treat (differential hardening) until a file just barely skates off.  I opted for the hammer instead of the spike (sexy as the spike is) because I felt it would be more useful when in the field.


(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/horriganhawk037.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/horriganhawk025.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/horriganhawk040.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/horriganhawk041.jpg) 

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t149/Debosroom/horrigan/horriganhawk046.jpg) 

   We did a little chopping and the 'hawks are really nice.  Edge tested by chopping some hardened Blackjack oak and still shaved arm hair afterward. They are made out of S7 shock steel (think ballpeen hammer).  Perfect for hawks. 

A great afternoon spent with a great friend.  Post your 'hawk pics and stories below.



D.
Title: Re: Just Tomahawks
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 22, 2008, 03:20:16 PM
Nice, I was going to ask if it started life as a hammer.

I love 'hawks, they're a versatile piece of kit, alas all I own are a couple of production pieces from CS.  I'd love to have a hawk like that.  I'd love to find an anvil like that even more, then I could make my own. ;)
Title: Re: Just Tomahawks
Post by: spartan on December 26, 2008, 07:41:06 AM
That is a beautiful piece.  How long did it take to make?  Do you know his retail price for such an item?

I am looking for a good Tomahawk as part of my field kit but the ones I have handled are either poorly made (crap fit and finish, cheap steel for the head) or was out of my price range.  Oh, the dilemmas.

Title: Re: Just Tomahawks
Post by: Debo on December 26, 2008, 08:35:39 AM
www.eliteknives.com (http://www.eliteknives.com)

John Horrigan's site.  He is an Austin Fireman, a reserve deputy and former Ranger Batt guy.  His twin brother was Bob Horrigan or SOCOM who was KIA in Iraq in 2005.  Both made knives.


D.
Title: Re: Just Tomahawks
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 26, 2008, 10:22:58 AM
www.eliteknives.com (http://www.eliteknives.com)

John Horrigan's site.  He is an Austin Fireman, a reserve deputy and former Ranger Batt guy.  His twin brother was Bob Horrigan or SOCOM who was KIA in Iraq in 2005.  Both made knives.


D.

That's right.

Isn't it Bob who's on the home page of Larue Tactical?
Title: Re: Just Tomahawks
Post by: Debo on December 26, 2008, 12:47:32 PM
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Isn't it Bob who's on the home page of Larue Tactical?

Yep.  There are pictures and tributes to him all over Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg area too.

D.
Title: Re: Just Tomahawks
Post by: Juggernaut on June 20, 2009, 12:16:39 PM
that's an amazing hawk!!!!  good choice to go with the hammer end...  and yes... the points are quite sexy.....   :P