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Old 11 May 2020, 16:43
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Tomahawk Auction

This is an auction for a Tomahawk hand-crafted by SOCNET’s own X-RGR. I had an idea and X-RGR made this to be auctioned here to help with upkeep of this site. I and a few others have Tomahawks made by X-RGR and they are simply awesome.

About the design. At first it may seem to be a bit rough. This is by design and meant to match the period around 1780. These are not defects and add to the authentic theme of the hawk. The handle is rubbed with oil and is made from Curly Maple, though it looks like Burl.

From here I will let X-RGR answer the technical questions.

I would like to set this up as an auction. The auction will start today 05/11/2020 at 1345 PST and end on 05/17/2020 at 1345 PST. Bids beyond this time will not be considered.

I would like to start this off at $50 and have subsequent bids be at least 5 dollars with no maximum bid. Highest bidder wins.

Please post any questions you have so that I or X-RGR can answer.

USPS is delivering the hawk to me today shipped from X-RGR. I will have it in my possession today. If I missed something please let me know.

**Apologies for the upside down pics. The will not stay properly oriented.

Thank you for taking a look.
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Old 11 May 2020, 18:15
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Old 11 May 2020, 20:35
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Old 11 May 2020, 20:41
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Shouldn't it be a Tomahawction?

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Old 11 May 2020, 20:51
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Old 11 May 2020, 20:58
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Geez, thank you all so much.
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Old 12 May 2020, 16:45
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X-RGR,
What is the steel & heat treat used on this hawk? How long is the handle and can we see pictures of the entire handle?
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Old 12 May 2020, 18:01
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What is the steel & heat treat used on this hawk? How long is the handle and can we see pictures of the entire handle?
Steel is "mystery metal" from an oil-field sucker rod. Probably in the 1050 range. It's carbon (not stainless). Heat treat is blacksmith style "normalize 3 times above critical, then quench in oil". It's not super-hard. A file will cut it. It IS sharp though. Don't screw up with it, or you'll bleed.

The curly-maple handle is in the 19" range (it started life as a 19.5" handle, but I took it down so the lathe-chuck marks aren't visible anymore, so it lost a little length). I didn't actually measure it before shipping it. Strangely, this piece of maple doesn't have the tiger-stripes you traditionally get with curly woods, which I was disappointed with at first (I almost threw it away), but after staining, I changed my mind because it has a beautiful burly grain pattern that I really like.

The blade is thicker and heavier than I normally make. Most of my 'hawks are really thin and light, like a knife on a stick. This one is more like a traditional multi-functional hatchet, with a more wedge-shaped blade. I didn't spend much time on the grinder removing metal, so it didn't end up being light. I heavily oiled the handle, then waxed both the head and the handle on a buffer.

So it's a substantial weapon, and the handle feels dense and solid. I like it. It feels good.

Why the spike? Because guys on this site seem to gravitate toward a skull-poppin' spike. (smirking) Go figure.

The idea that Expatmedic and I agreed upon was to make a tomahawk that might've been carried by one of Robert Rogers' Rangers, in as many ways as I can. Rough, on a nice handle, with a shiny edge and spike. We wanted the contrast between the highly finished edge/spike/handle and the fresh-from-the-forge head. I think we did that.
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Old 12 May 2020, 18:22
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A Ranger needs to bid like he wants it, unless this tomahawk should go to a stretchy gringo civilian...
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Old 12 May 2020, 22:40
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What is the steel & heat treat used on this hawk? How long is the handle and can we see pictures of the entire handle?
Here ya go.
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A big thanks to both of you, very generous.

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I also have one of his tomahawks and it is a work of art.
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Awesome! Thanks guys. Well worth the price for the information and company.

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Working in the office tomorrow. Will get sent no later than Tuesday 5-19-20.

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