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#1 Tre Asay

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 11:10 PM

This is my version of a tomahawk. the blade is 3 inches long and is based loosly on the dane axe. the spike is also meant to be used as a pickaroon. I want it to be useful as a small axe as well but this design itself would only be about .7 of a pound so I may go for a longer blade that gets thinner more gradually. the handle would be 1 inch by 18 inches probably round. I am currently working on forging a round drift from a 1.5 inch round bar which will take a large amount of fuel and time to finish forging. I am planning on using solid 1 inch barstock to make these becuase I don't think I could reliably forge weld a cutting edge on. I would like to know if there are any problems with my design. I would also like advice on how to make the eye, should I use a straight chisel to slit and drift or should I drill a hole in the material then drift?


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#2 Freya W. Ward

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:51 AM

I feel the cheeks of the axe poll are a bit overpowering next to the axe blade itself.

 

Accept my offering of sub-par photoshop skills as a minor suggestion

 

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This is just a simple doodle of what I think would enhance the look and feel of your axe, feel free to disregard or alter it further. You've got a good project here.


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#3 Geoff Keyes

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:02 AM

Not really a tomahawk, IMHO, but a nice axe design.  This is a pretty ambitious project, you might try a ball pein hammer as a starting place, which would save you the trouble of drifting an eye.  It will also point out some of the trouble spots in making these before you tackle the project in all of it's glory.

 

OTOH, you could just dive right in, depends on the kind of smith you are.

 

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:53 AM

I agree that the cheeks are to big but I would like to either keep the axe blade symetrical or the top flat so I will probably just make the cheeks smaller.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:28 AM

I've never considered a handle with a round cross-section a very good idea on a tool with an edge.  I'd suggest an oval shape, or tear-drop even.  Something where you know which way the edge is facing in the dark... :ph34r:


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