Heres a project ive been thinking about making for some time so got to it the other day.
Ive tried to keep it as primitive and natural as possible.
It took some hammering to get the head flat on thisbut was fun to make.
I differentially quenched the edge and the hammer which left the middle hot,i then placed it on my anvil to cool so the heat ran into the edge and hammer and self tempered which worked out well.
I hand forged it and only used a grinder to take off a couple of bumps and i used the belt sander to finish the bevel and hammer.
I carved the shaft out of Ash by hand,fire hardened the wood and treated it with linseed oil.
I wrapped the handle with wet jute and then let it dry which tightens it up,I waxed the jute with pure bees wax,i then sealed both ends of the jute using pine pitch.
I hand drilled a lanyard hole and inserted the brass tube without using any glue,i added a plaited lanyard of Jute.
The cutting edge is 2" and the length of the hawk is 15" with the shaft.
Got the forge set up and fired up.
The hawk is starting to take shape now.
Quenched and tempered.
little hammer instead of a spike.
Handle wrapped with jute,waxed and finished off with pine pitch,trying to keep it real.
i couldn't help myself.