Frontier Hawk, Forged 5150 / Hickory
Suitable for reenactors from any period stretching from the French and Indian War clear up to the final settling of the West in the late 1800s. The authentic, good looking Frontier Hawk is one tough customer you’re sure to appreciate. This light weight Hawk is a joy to use too as it reduces wrist, elbow and shoulder strain without sacrificing anything in chopping power or ease of handling. The merits of its light weight are revealed in combat too because the Frontier Hawk can be used at light speed from any angle and immediately recovered.
These superb tomahawks are precision drop forged from 1055 carbon steel. Drop forging is the best method of manufacture for any impact weapon, particularly one with a cutting edge. During the forging process a metal ingot is heated almost white hot and then formed into shape in a series of progressive dies. The large steel dies are fixed to enormous compressed air hammers. Each die hammers the hot metal into a gradually more finished shape. The steel is kneaded and compressed into a completely homogeneous mass making the grain structure uniform and minimizing gas pockets or other imperfections that can ruin the construction of a hand forged hawk. This is why most good axes, hatchets and hammers are drop forged. These hawks are differentially heat treated. This means that the cutting edge and hammer face is fully hardened, while the balance is left relatively soft to absorb the shock of striking blows.