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So i got my nifty tomahawk drift in the mail this week and i finally got out to the forge and did a practice drift on a small hawk. It's a thin, 1" blade edge with the spike head left on as a hammer poll, both quenched in motor oil.

 

The drifted hole is about 10 degrees off center and a bit uneven but i figure for a first drift it's not bad at all.

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looks good! sharpen it a bit, put it on a handle, and see how it flies! :)

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looks good! sharpen it a bit, put it on a handle, and see how it flies! :)

 

 

Oh, it's a sharp little bugger, all right.

Still waiting on the handles and my nifty botanicals from crazycrow.

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RRtomahawk.jpgWell, here it is on its new ash handle from crazycrow.com.

 

The handles from this site are a bit small for my drift so i had to do a little adjusting to the drifted hole.

 

It's an easy fix next time around, i just have to not drive the drift all the way through, and probably stop when it's got about an inch or half inch to go.

 

Otherwise it works great!.

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one problem though,

The hole that i drifted is just a LITTLE bigger than the handles i bought. So next go around i have to go and not knock the drift the whole way through for this handle.

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First rule of drifting hawk heads: Measure your handles first! ;)

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'First rule of drifting hawk heads: Measure your handles first!"

 

I thought it was dont talk about drifting hawk heads.....

 

Sorry just watched fight club again

 

Nice mini hawk!

 

~~DJ

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You're doing good drifting.If you want to really control your entire process,this is really all you need for making your own handles(+some good wood...).And,next to metalworking,of course,this is a most enjoyable thing...

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Good job for your first one i still stuggle with getting them straight. :lol:

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Ive seen folks drift standing on one side of the anvil and swap sides on the next heat.Making sure your initial slot whether punched or milled is centered is the main thing to watch for.

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