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CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:39 PM ( #1 )
NB: This competition is for our Facebook Fans and Cold Steel Forum Members only
 
How have you customized your Cold Steel Tomahawk?
 
Show us how you have personalized your hawk.
From traditional flourishes for reenactments to customizations for fighting or throwing, we want to see how you have made your hawk unique.
 
Entries can be made either by posting a photo on our Cold Steel fan page wall or by adding photos to the CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION thread on our Forum.
 
We will only accept entries that feature customization of one of the Tomahawks featured in our American Tomahawk Company section of the Cold Steel Website.
 
Lynn will pick his favorite entry on the 12th May and the lucky winner will recieve a Cold Steel Rajah II!
 
http://blog.coldsteel.com/2011/04/customize-your-hawk-competition.html
 
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:02 PM ( #2 )
here's mine, i used a slightly corrosive paint remover and left it on for a bit longer than recommended to get a nice pitted effect, then i sanded the blade using medium then super fine sand paper to bring it out nicely. after that i sanded and stained the handle a nice american chestnut.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, April 24, 2011 8:18 AM ( #3 )






Here's my Trail Hawk. I polished the head and langets, used a Red Oak stain on the handle, and finished it off with a leather wrap on the handle.


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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, April 24, 2011 11:54 AM ( #4 )



below; lanyard for easier removal of sheath


below; sharpened spike for slicing flesh


Below; Bicycle tubing for additional grip




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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Monday, April 25, 2011 12:53 AM ( #5 )
Bobby your trail hawk is magnificent, well done mate, what langets did you use(the war hammer ones)? I am going to pimp mine like yours, but have paracord in lieu of the leather wrap.


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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:44 PM ( #6 )
Here is my entry :) Rifleman's Hawk


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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Friday, April 29, 2011 10:50 AM ( #7 )
heres my riflesmens hawk.
 
i removed the black coat from the head and aged it slightly, removed te finish on the handle and stained it to an aged look then added some tiny brass nails
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Friday, April 29, 2011 11:39 AM ( #8 )
You know man I think you nailed it. Not to much. Very "period". No offense to the others, all very nice but for my personal tastes don't let me near it until I get my own!!
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Saturday, April 30, 2011 7:14 AM ( #9 )
not much customizing but the beauty of cold steel is they don't need it
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Friday, May 06, 2011 11:36 PM ( #10 )
Hello!
Sorry I'm late!  This will be my first post on the forums, though I've been a Cold Steel fan for many years.  This is my customized Norse Hawk.

The first thing I did was sand the clear coat off the handle and use a power drill with a wire brush bit to strip the non-rust finish off of the blade. I stained the handle with a walnut stain and then drilled a lanyard hole.  I used a gun-blue marker to draw the designs on both sides of the blade, sanded it off so only a shadow of the design remained, then sprayed the blade with clear coat to protect the designs.  I used a woodburning tool to draw the scale-pattern on the handle for looks and added grip, and made the lanyard out of black leather boot lace.  The langets came painted black as well, so I sanded those down to bare steel, blued them, roughed up the bluing with sandpaper, then coated them in clear coat as well.  Lastly, I rubbed the wood down with a mixture of olive oil and orange oil to give it a shine and bring out the grain.

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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Friday, May 06, 2011 11:38 PM ( #11 )
Here's a closer picture of my design so you can see what it looks like.  I'm probably not the first person to decorate a blade by drawing with a gun-blue marker, then sanding it off, but I've certainly never seen it before.  It leaves behind quite a distinct shadow - I'll probably start doing this with all of my bare steel blades.  You can get the pens for about 5 bucks each at most sporting goods stores. :)
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Saturday, May 07, 2011 6:39 AM ( #12 )
^very nice
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Saturday, May 07, 2011 2:23 PM ( #13 )
VERY interesting thepostadoc !  I have never heard of this.  Sort of like metal scrimshaw.  Many members have stained the blades on their bowies and hawks.  but I do not recall any creating a deliberate pattern.  It opens up all sorts of possibilities.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:46 AM ( #14 )
My favourite woods tool is my Trail Hawk , walnut stained handle with paracord wrap, the paint stripped off the head and the set screw removed .


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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 10:52 AM ( #15 )
I already posted to facebook but saw some really nice hawks on here and wanted to compare mods, nothing special, just KISS practical.  rifleman and trail hawks.
I acctually re modified them, the riflemans had grip tape on the handle which was looking sad from much use, so I pulled it. Then I switched handles, one was loose, the other to tight, so now we are just right
so any way did some filing and small stuff.  the turks head wrap in the middle I found(by accident) to very good for a high low and medium grip, make a very lively fighter.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 11:16 AM ( #16 )

Sanded and sharpened head w/ a vinegar patina.  Sanded haft smooth and fit it tightly to the eye.  Fire blackened and added stainless lanyard tube and high carbon steel wire wrap.  
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 2:21 PM ( #17 )
I love the blackened finish on your hawk , especially paired with the bowie . It's a striking combination
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 4:46 PM ( #18 )
Here is my humble entry. It's a trail hawk that I worked over with a hacksaw and files. It's mostly for bushcraft/survival purposes. I take it out to the woods while deer hunting, pack it with me on my motorcycle for long-distance trips, etc...
The finish is a combo of cold blue and rust-brown finish.
The top edge of the blade is sharpened on one side (chisel grind?), I use that for scraping magnesium bars/fire steels for fire starting, or any other little chore that requires a small, moderately sharp edge.
The short spike is in my opinion a more realistic and useful version of what a spike should be on a hatchet. I have used it for everything from digging a Dakota Fire hole to punching holes in a 55gal fire barrel.
The bottom edge is also sharpened, I use that for skinning deer and pigs.
The screw hole was widened and chamfered to be used as the top socket of a bow drill. I know, I'm a bushcraft geek.
Enough verbal diarreah, here are the pictures:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/chromechicken/2011_0509Image0005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v349/chromechicken/2011_0509Image0006.jpg
I'm not good with the pictures, hopefully that worked.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 5:44 PM ( #19 )
Elvis, Nice 'hawk! That's alot of work work with just hand tools. I like the spike.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 6:08 PM ( #20 )
Thanks. I put a good amount of work into it. I am thinking about doing two or three more (this time using re-enforced Dremel cut-off wheels/grinding bits) for back-up and gifts.
 
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Sunday, May 08, 2011 7:04 PM ( #21 )
man these are some awesome hawks, from the beautiful to the down and dirty practical.  I'm just plain impressed, gonna be re working mine some more.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:58 PM ( #22 )
Here is my custom pipe hawk. I put it on Facebook. But I want to be sure I am in. 8)
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 4:04 PM ( #23 )
This is my offhand. they go well together.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 5:29 PM ( #24 )
Absolutely exquisite work. I am pretty sure you have it in the bag.
 
If I had access to a mill, I would try to do something like you did with the cross in the bit. That is sweet.
 
I wonder if I could do it with a hand drill, dremel, and files?
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:58 PM ( #25 )
Thanks Sir. I will post more of it.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:04 AM ( #26 )
Top file work
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:06 AM ( #27 )
File work and Handle. The leather is hand sewn, textured and dyed mahogany with a satin seal on it. The studs are Rod iron forged solid nails. The handle has a light burn in sections with a black wood dye added then lightly sanded from black to dark gray to show the wood grain. The head is stripped slow ground so not to mess with the temper. File work was done with a small round and triangle file. The cross is done with a cnc drill setup. The rings and finger drop on the handle was ground, sanded with 120 and 150 grain paper. The handle feels good in your and has a lot of grip.  You can also tell were the end of the tool is when your hand locks into the drops.
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:29 AM ( #28 )
Well now, here's mine. It is a modified Trail Hawk with sheath and belt carry loop:


The modifications:
  • stripped off the paint, sanded, and etched the head
  • improved friction fit, plugged up the screw hole, and added a turk's head knot to prevent the head from sliding down in case it comes loose
  • tung oil finish on the handle, added nickel tacks and H.G. Wells quote in braille

Close-up of the etched head, the plug with a hammered finish, and the knot:


Here's the sheath with braided string and the spliced rope loop:


The string can either be tied to the poll for transportation in a bag:


Or it can be attached much like a watch chain for instant access:


Last but not least, a close-up of the head w/o sheath:



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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:18 PM ( #29 )
Is the winner a secret?
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Re:CUSTOM TOMAHAWK COMPETITION - Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:22 PM ( #30 )
When do we find out who wins?

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