Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

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Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Mrknot » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:35 am

As I posted a few days ago I recently bought a Cold Steel Riflemans Tomahawk.
Probably the biggest, heaviest tomahawk I have ever laid hands on :-)

Here is how it looked upon arrival:
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The head is painted with this gawd-awful, gloss-black paint. It's 1055 carbon steel so I assume this is done to prevent rust.
Further, the head is held on the haft with a set-screw. This left it a bit wobbly when I banged it down.

With most of the hawks or throwing axes I've handled in my time the head stayed on the haft due to friction-pressure: the haft widens towards the top, thus keeping it in place fairly securely when you "tamp" the head down on it.

Not so much with this one.

I decided that I like this thing enough to mess with it and "make it right".

I started tonight by stripping the head.
Before:
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After:
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Gotta say, it looks pretty frickin cool!

Heated the steel up slightly on the gas range and liberally applied a coat of WD-40.
Let's hope it doesn't rust away on me while I let it sit for a few days :-)

I also sharpened the shit out of it with a cheapo, Smith's, pull-through, carbide sharpener...I can ALMOST shave hair with it.

Next thing will be to sand the handle down in strategic places to get a better fit.

Will keep you posted as I make changes.
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Bob » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:58 am

Keep us posted.
How well do you think that set screw arrangement will work under a load?
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby kiltedninja » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:20 am

I have one coming with an extra handle at the end of the week. I'll post my reviews as well.
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Bob » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:43 am

I look forward to them
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Mrknot » Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:24 pm

Bob wrote:Keep us posted.
How well do you think that set screw arrangement will work under a load?

I think it will end up tearing up the handle.
As it is right now there is a little bit of play between the haft and the head. If I just left it alone and used the set screw to retain the head, the amount of play would eventually wreck the handle and create a weak spot.
Could be wrong though, wouldn't be the first time.
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Bob » Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:49 pm

Sounds like it may need a liberal application of epoxy or reshaping the handle.
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Mrknot » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:26 pm

Re shaping is my plan...if I epoxy it and it breaks...good luck getting it out of the hole without burning it out, (and fucking up he heat treat).
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Bob » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:59 pm

What I would do is fill the hole with modeling clay.
Epoxy the handle in place with plenty of epoxy.
Dig out the clay and Blue locktite the set screw in.

Epoxy might be too brittle though.
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby kiltedninja » Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:53 am

I read a bunch of reviews for it, and one of them said that if you plan to throw it a lot, remove the set screw, that way a bad throw won't break the handle. Maybe you just got an odd shaped one, we'll see how my handls look, since I ordered a second one. I may also toy with some sort of space filler or reshaping the handle though. We'll see.
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Re: Cold Steel Riflemans Hawk WIP

Postby Mrknot » Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:01 pm

I'd love to see a polypropylene handle for them.
I'm surprised CS doesn't market them given all the other plastic stuff they sell.
My handle wasn't unreasonably loose, just wasn't as tight as I would like it to be...
I figure a little time with some 200-300 grit should do the job just fine.
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