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I make a lot of Tomahawks and Axes in a big range of styles. I use original Antique Axes and Hawks as documentary pieces when re-creating a Historically-accurate project. I also make Axes and Tomahawks that may NOT be historical, but are the inspiration of a Customer or Myself. I make a lot of hawks for Military Personnel, including my daughter who is in Afghanistan....many of these have specific Service insignias on them, hand-engraved, let me know what works for YOU and I'll prioritize Military projects as best I can!!! THANK YOU ALL, FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!! Please Be Well!!
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-Pipe Tomahawks:
These are smoke-able, usable pipes similar to those made for the Native Americans and Frontier folk in the 1700-1800's....some are Historically-accurate patterns, some are NOT Historically-accurate, but are artistic sculptures in steel made in the traditional methods. These tools were TRADE items to the Natives and became symbols of rank to them.

These are often special ordered by customers, either to replicate something they have seen or have created in their mind. I am showing several examples of "Pipe Hawks" here for your reference, but you are not limited to these samples......get creative and tell me what you like and we'll design your "Own" special design!! I list the price to recreate these projects next to the photo.

(Note: I do not recommend heavy chopping with these since the seal between the head and the handle might eventually loosen, thus making smoking impossible. I do not recommend throwing these since the drilled handle will eventually split and break from the impacts.)

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-Throwing Tomahawks and Knives:

These are very popular since throwing is just plain good fun for Adults and Children alike!! Our Throwing axes are premium quality all the way.....we start with a solid blank of steel and hot chisel the eye thru it to make the handle hole, then shape the blade. We case-harden the cutting edge to make it edge-holding but still durable, since throwing axes tend to take a lot of abuse. The shapes vary and can be custom designed as desired. We always have some of these on hand and are making them constantly. Our best seller: we remove the scale and finnish the head to a dark patina and hot-treat the steel with real bear grease to seal the pores. Our handles are stained and varnished and hand-rubbed to give a great-looking working handle, protected from the elements. Throwing Hawks are $49 each......(by the dozen  $44 each) shipping one hawk costs $13.....on a dozen shipping is $35.

I make two kinds of Throwing Hawks: the Trade axe type which has a thin strap around the eye, lightweight and useful for chopping and throwing... but don't use these like a hammer, you'll collapse the eye. For light Hammering, like putting tent stakes in, I make the Polled axe type with a thick back section on the eye....these also can be thrown...they do rotate a little faster since there is more wight on the backside ......both types are the same price, so let me know what kind you want.

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These hawks use the standard drop-in 19” handle with a tear-drop shaped eye, readily available at Rendezvous and shows…I offer replacement handles (stained and oiled) for $6.00 each. Drop-in handles with nice figured wood are $14.00 stained and oiled.

All Hawks have a full guarantee, any failed weld or other defect will be replaced immediately………..

Historic Trade Tomahawks:
These ARE authentically styled TRADE Axes or Hawks, such as were traded by the French and English and eventually the American traders to the Native Americans. The French were here very early 1600’s-1760’s. The English competed for the Native Trade 1700’s-1814…American Smiths and Traders also supplied goods to the Natives throughout this period and particularly in the 1800’s. For those wanting an exact replica, I use real (antique) Wrought Iron, one-piece welded to itself with a file-steel bit welded into the cutting edge! This replica has a tapered-Oval eye which necessitates a custom made handle. I make a lower priced version using the Hot-chiseled construction and a steel body with case-hardened edge and this version can use the standard drop-in handles readily replaceable in the marketplace.
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-Spike Tomahawks:
These are wicked weapons and were traded to the Native American Warriors. They are also used by our modern-day warriors in harms way. Several of these have been ordered by Service-Men/Women and some have had their particular Service Insignia engraved on there (some are shown). These CAN be thrown and stuck either side, although they tend to rotate a little faster than one-sided hawks.


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Several Spike Hawk Styles

-Spontoon Tomahawks:
These also are purely weapons and ceremonial tools, some have a pipe bowl…….the blades are spear shaped or “Sheep’s-foot” shaped (turned down point). The scrolls behind the blade can be rolled backwards away from the blade, which is the EARLIER style, or they can be rolled forward and inward which came later. These blades were sometimes pierced in a weeping heart shape. (not intended for throwing)
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-Halberd Tomahawks and Lances:
Halberds are usually pole-arms which combine the aspects of the tomahawk with the spike hawk and the spear……some were made in a short-handled version for Native Trade in the EARLY (pre-Revolutionary) period…..a pair of these are shown. Also shown is a Medieval-like Halberd with two heart-shaped piercings, my own design, this IS a pole-arm or one heck of a throwing star!!

-Decorative Options for Tomahawks:
There are several options available to you concerning the finish and decoration of your Hawk, both in metal and wood!
-Forge finish: is the pitted and scaled, blackened condition of the metal coming out of the Forge! Just enough Grinding and Filing to put a good edge on!

-File Finish: the scale is removed and the metal surfaces are filed to the best contours and shape, some file marks will be evident…..metal is re-heated to patina the bright areas.

-Bright Finish: all scale and pitting is removed and metal is polished to a bright smooth finish, the most expensive option, many hours of hand-work!!

-Blued Finish: very popular with any type of hawk, this is cold-bluing and with about 10 coats, lots of hand rubbing and steel wool, this produces a dark bluish/black smooth finish……also available on any metal object I make.

-Engraving/Decorative Filing: to engrave a piece, it must first be filed to the finely filed finish, then engraved and polished afterwards.

-Wood Figure: handles can be plainly figured or very Fancy “Curly” figured. Stains can be red, reddish brown, or dark brown.

-Wood Carving: handles can be shaped Octagon, Rounded, Tapered, Bulbous, or otherwise and carving, incised or raised, and perhaps Spiral fluting is available!
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-Stand and Hawk Displays:
I just started to make display stands and shadow boxes, I only have a couple photos, but there will be more!

Axes and Hawks for our Military:
We get orders from Military Personnel who need/want custom items for their use. These are often engraved with names and symbols of their units.

I'm proud to be asked to do this and I'm proud of our people in service of our country! Thank You and be Safe!
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