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« on: December 30, 2008, 10:27:27 AM »

I'll call it the "Hatch-ling" because it's not really quite a full grown-up Hatchet - yet.
I had been wanting to make a few hatchets for some time.
As well, I had been wanting to fulfill some Sterling Silver wire inlay as well, so this gave me the perfect canvas for both!
I left the head, which I forged out of my 1 inch square 5160, slightly unfinished by leaving some of the heat treating scale and scratches.
The haft is curyl maple - of course.
This head was fully hardened for use as a pounding instrument as well. The high temp back-draw should leave it just right.
My hat is off to those who make these frequently.
It challenged me from the get-go and offered me quite a mental exercise!


   

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2008, 12:41:37 PM »

Very nice Karl

I like how the head geometry matches the handle geometry,  IOW: The head looks like it is built to do work at the arch you would have grasping the handle in the swell that is designed for grasping. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008, 03:18:46 PM »

Karl,
Very nice I bet she will also carry well in a belt sheath.

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2009, 03:48:08 PM »

Beautiful work Karl. But, no take-down? LOL  I had a mallet that gave me fits with the handle getting loose, because the hole in the head was a simple taper. So, I drilled a hole through the length of the handle, inserted a threaded rod, added nuts and washers, and cinched her up. I had to tighten it up occasionally though. Now, I know a guy who could really do it right.

I like the short handle design for woods carry.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 05:23:36 PM »

Very beautiful work!!  I was wondering if i could get some info from you like what temperature did you temper her at?  I have read allot of things on what an ax should be tempered at from 400F to 550F any way great job she is a work of art!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012, 07:00:36 PM »

If I'm not mistaken, I think I tempered that around 425.
Still using it today.
Here's another one I made that came out a little nicer.
I also made one for the Safari Club.

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012, 07:02:05 PM »

A little close-up of the silver wire inlay.

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« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012, 06:02:49 AM »

I think wire inlay into Tiger Maple is just a great look, and takes a real talent to do well.
Karl you do most things beautifully, this is no exception.
Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2012, 10:59:59 AM »

Those are very beautiful. I love curly maple it really trips my trigger :-)

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