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Field testing my new Trail Hawk ! - Sunday, October 02, 2011 5:51 PM ( #1 )
I got the trail Hawk a couple weeks ago but it was until this weekend that really got the chance to try it and this are my impressions :

The first thing that caught my attention is how small and light it is , it weights less than my SF shovel and got a little concerned about its capacity at processing wood , but when you start using it you get a nice surprise ; the long handle gives it good momentum and it bites deep in the wood , although since the blade is on the thin side it can get stuck pretty easily on thick logs , better to use it on smaller branches , I tried to use it to make feather sticks and it works ok , but you get better results with a smaller , sharper blade ( my Pendleton Lite can't be beaten !) 

The hammer face came handy when I cut some branches , sharpened one end and drove them on the ground on my first unsuccessful attempt to make a makeshift shelter , but the small hammer makes it hard to hit the small branch top , and the Trail Hawk is too light to be an effective hammer , going for broke I attacked a four inch thick log and to my surprise it took two minutes tops , on my inexperienced hands , to cut trough and against better judgement proceeded to split it ; the first blow got the hawk firmly stuck on the log , lifting both hawk and log the second blow drove it deeper and about the fourth ( or the fifth ?) blow it went trough !

From there the work went a lot easier , the hawk splitting the increasingly smaller pieces of wood in a breeze  

Overall I believe the tool choice will depend on how much wood you need to process , to be honest at this point my Pendleton Lite covers my needs at the moment , when I get ready to do real camping my choice will be the Trail Hawk for ease of use and small weight/size and not until I get to do serious winter camping (who knows how many years will take to get there  ) will need my Trail Boss , but it is nice to know I am covered that far into the future 
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Re:Field testing my new Trail Hawk ! - Sunday, October 02, 2011 7:10 PM ( #2 )
Nice review. Think I will get one after all. Looks like you're getting the hang of being an outdoorsman too. That's great!  A little tip on the axe getting stuck in bigger logs: If you use another log or something as a hammer you can turn the hawk into a mini-maul (which is basically a wedge on a stick).
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Re:Field testing my new Trail Hawk ! - Monday, October 03, 2011 9:22 PM ( #3 )
Saralach


Nice review. Think I will get one after all. Looks like you're getting the hang of being an outdoorsman too. That's great!  A little tip on the axe getting stuck in bigger logs: If you use another log or something as a hammer you can turn the hawk into a mini-maul (which is basically a wedge on a stick).



Nice tip Saralach , basically batoning with the hawk ? the wedge shaped hawk would work nicely , never though of that , pretty much just kinda used brute force for my first split 
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Re:Field testing my new Trail Hawk ! - Monday, October 03, 2011 11:06 PM ( #4 )
Nice report.  If you put a knife like edge (~30°), then it will carve feather sticks like a knife.  It's good to get the tool dirty.
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Re:Field testing my new Trail Hawk ! - Thursday, October 06, 2011 12:53 PM ( #5 )
I reprofiled the edge on my trail hawk and it bit deeper and carved better. Partner it up with a 3-4" knife and maybe a folding saw and you have a versatile lightweight wood processing kit.
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Re:Field testing my new Trail Hawk ! - Friday, October 07, 2011 7:32 PM ( #6 )
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I reprofiled the edge on my trail hawk and it bit deeper and carved better. Partner it up with a 3-4" knife and maybe a folding saw and you have a versatile lightweight wood processing kit.



I will start working on the edge , and  already carry a 3" blade , you are right its a good , light combination ; what folding saw would you recommend ? would like to get one but have no clue as what to get or what to look for , any input is welcomed !

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