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Cold Steel Trail Hawk American Hickory Handle

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  • Hawk Length: 6 1/2"
  • Handle: American Hickory
  • Overall Length: 22"
  • Steel: Drop Forged 1055 Carbon
  • Primary Edge: 2 1/4"
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Product Description

These superb tomahawks are precision drop forged from 1055 Carbon steel. Drop forging is, without doubt, the best method of manufacture for any impact weapon, particularly one with a cutting edge. During the forging process a metal ingot is heated almost white hot and then formed into shape in a series of progressive dies. The large steel dies are fixed to enormous compressed air hammers. Each die hammers the hot metal into a gradually more finished shape. The steel is kneaded and compressed into a completely homogenous mass making the grain structure uniform and minimizing gas pockets or other imperfections that can ruin the construction of a hand forged hawk. This is why most good axes, hatchets, and hammers are drop forged. These hawks are differentially heat treated. This means that the cutting edge and hammer face is fully hardened, while the balance is left relatively soft to absorb the shock of striking blows.

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  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 8 x 2 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0014BMBA6
  • Item model number: 90TH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,231 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I almost rated this one star just to get people to read my review... this is REALLY long, but I love to share my passions, so if you have some time, grab a snack, and enjoy the read :)

I'll be posting this review on the other Cold Steel Tomahawks as well, so please forgive the repetition.

First off, this is not a hatchet, and it will never chop (and cannot split) nearly as well as a fixed head hatchet. Conversely, a hatchet has not the balance/edge geometry to throw or stick as well as a hawk, and the permanent nature of the handle/head fusion will suffer under the abuse of throwing, or they will simply just not fly well (try throwing a gerber axe/hatchet some time).

That said, my BIGGEST POINT of this ENTIRE review/blog/blurb, based on all the negatives I just read on the CS Tomahawk line is...

TRUE THROWING HAWKS ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE LOOSE HEADS.

This is not a mistake... it is, in fact, the most durable design, and before metal heads it was very hard to accomplish. Just look at the negative reviews on the Vietnam hawk. This is what you can expect by trying to permanently affix your head on these types of hawks. The shock will transfer through the steel into the wood, which will give/crack/splinter under the relatively substantial amounts of torque/vibration.

I have years of experience throwing similar hawks... These are about the best "traditional" tomahawks made anymore, short of something pounded out by hand. It's unfortunate they are made overseas.. They are a little rough around the edges, but hell they are cheap! A little TLC before you start throwing will make them last for years.
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While the Cold Steel Trail Hawk is serviceable it won't be winning any awards for fit and finish. At a price point of $20 it is best to approach this purchase as "some assembly required". I will outline my process below.

I bought two with the sole intent of customizing them as presents.
Both arrived at once in an overly large box with some brown paper thrown inside. Worst packing job I have seen from Amazon ever. The net result was several cosmetic blemished on both hawks from bumping and grinding while shipping. I hope they had fun doing it at least!

Out of the box quality is less than stellar. The very fact the head is held by a set screw defies the point of a tomahawk! Both hawks had heads that were poorly seated and wobbled horribly. Edge finish was poor and I doubt they could have cut anything safely or easily. Ultimately these were small isssues as I was going to modify them anyway.

Step 1:
Removal of the set screw and head shows the eye of the head has never been finished. The rough edges of the eye caused serious handle deformity when they were seated at the factory.

Step 2:
Soaking the head in stripping coumpound allows removal of genaric black paint. Casting finish is rough under the paint. However clear lines are visible from heat treating. It appears the heat treating is up to the first third of the blade and a majority of the hammer pole.

Step 3:
Debur and bevel the eye of the head to remove sharp edges. Work can be done on the cheap with files and sandpaper, but a dremel type rotary tool makes it a 10 minute project!

Step 4:
Strip the finish from the handle and smooth the upper portion to remove the lines put in by the unfinished head of the hawk.
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I bought one of these last week and liked it so much I bought a second one, which arrived today.

Out of the box, these hawks come a little rough around the edges. They are firmly attached to the handles with a set screw, and they could stand to be a little sharper. That said, they do chop very well as-is. I have to trim some elm saplings back a couple times a year in my yard, and I figured I'd take the opportunity to test the trail hawk.

It worked great. The lightweight head combined with a longer handle allowed me more precise control over the chopping than a traditional hatchet would.

As for making it "great", there are a few things that can be done to really improve the hawk, if you have some time to kill.

I removed the setscrew and tapped the handle out of the head. This scraped up the handle pretty bad, because of the burr left on the eye from the forging. I took the burr off with a round file, and buffed it a bit with some emery cloth to smooth the file marks. Then I stripped the paint off the head with an aerosol spray paint stripper.

For the handle, I sanded out all of the scrapes and gouges made by removing the head, and stained the handle. This makes it look a lot nicer.

To get the head to fit the handle perfectly, gently tap the head back on and then remove it. If the fit isn't good, you will only see 2 or 3 points where the handle and head make contact. Sand the handle at those high spots until the handle is in full contact with the eye, and it will be a perfect, tight fit.
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