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Triple T tomahawks
Our TTT (“triple T”) hand-forged tomahawks are created by blacksmith Brian Otto right here in northern Michigan, USA. They each feature a head body composed of 4140 steel bar stock. After being hand forged, the tomahawk head is hardened and tempered using a 5 hour process. While time consuming, this process is used because it relieves brittleness and retains more of the hardness than commonly used, faster tempering processes. Using this process produces a blade that holds an edge very well. In other words, these hawks are very sharp! All metal surfaces are draw-filed by hand to give them a more traditional finish versus a belt-sanded finish. The etching (patina) is different shades of gray because the head is differentially heat-treated. We meticulously fit the handle to the hand-forged tomahawk head to be sure there are no gaps. This helps the head stay firmly in place, usually longer than heads with gaps around the handle. It is important to us to have the wood touch steel around the entire handle opening. Additionally, we dry our handles to a very low moisture content prior to fitting it to the head. This means as normal atmospheric moisture affects the wood over time, the head becomes even more secure. It is less likely to loosen in the winter months when wood naturally dries out and can shrink. Each handle is stained and waxed for appearance and durability. Our hand-forged TTT hawks will accept any standard hawk replacement handle that tapers to 1 1/8"x1 5/8". We get all of our Triple T tomahawk handles from Dunlap Woodcrafts. You can purchase replacement handles from us or directly from Dunlap.
With every hand-forged TTT hawk, we offer a custom-made sheath designed and hand-crafted for the specific tomahawk. Each quality leather sheath has been glued, hand-sewn with abrasion resistant thread, stained and given a protective finish for durability as well as beauty. An extra wide welt is secured with a double row of hand stitching or a single row of stitching combined with copper or brass rivets. A heavy duty line 24 snap is used for closure. The back side of the snap is secured against the welt, not against your blade. This requires more leather, but we feel it is worth it so you don't have to worry about the metal snap back marring your blade finish. Every sheath is built to last and fits its tomahawk like a glove.
Give our hand-forged tomahawks a try. You will NOT be disappointed!!
We are now offering Viking Axes - Hand forged axes based on early Norwegian/Viking /Scandinavian style axes designed by people who used them every day. They are useful, effective, and fun to chop with.
Our Viking Axe features a head made of 4140 steel bar stock. The head is differentially heat-treated like our other axes and hawks to provide a strong, durable axe that holds an edge really well. These axes average 1.5-2# (including the handle) depending on style.
Each Viking Axe features a stained and waxed hickory handle (averaging 20-24” long). The handle is hand-carved and shaped to fit nicely in your hand with a bump/curved area on the bottom edge to help prevent hand slippage. If you break the handle, you can form a new one from a good piece of wood even if you are in the forest and have to make one on the fly. The common opinion is that the tapered tomahawk handle (like our Triple T hawks) can be replaced in the wild if it breaks. We find it is much more involved to make and fit a new replacement handle in a tomahawk than it is to replace one in our Viking Axes.
The handle hole is a waisted hole which means the center of the hole is smaller than the top or bottom so when you put the handle in and wedge it, it is a better hold on the handle than just a straight-sided hole. A straight-sided hole is easier to make so it is popular with many of today’s makers but we feel it is worth the extra time and effort to make it waisted.
We offer optional leather sheaths. We also offer just the head without a handle or sheath for those “do-it-yourself” types.
These axes are great for camp-fire wood or any other hatchet/axe duty.
All of our langet style axes are hand-forged from 4140 steel bar stock by blacksmith Brian Otto, right here in northern Michigan. After being hand forged, the axe head is hardened and tempered using a 5 hour process. While time consuming, this process is used because it relieves brittleness and retains more of the hardness than commonly used, faster tempering processes. Using this process produces a blade that holds an edge well. Our langets are riveted to the handle and extend all the way up through the head - secured with nuts on top. This strengthens the connection of the steel head and wooden handle. The langets also add to the appearance and balance of the axe. Although the langets are labor intensive, they greatly increase quality and durability in the finished product. Each axe handle is designed and hand-crafted specifically for its head to enhance its beauty and balance. While the superior craftsmanship of each axe makes it beautiful enough to display, you will find it too useful to put on a shelf. Once you use one of our langet axes, you will want to carry it with you on all your outdoor excursions!
Our langet style axes can be made in small versions (hatchet/tomahawk size) or up to large, two-handed versions.
Attention international customers: We can ship tomahawks to some international locations. Contact us to find out if we can ship one to you and to receive a shipping quote.