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Ok, I can make a hawk out of a RR spike, almost no problem. Are there any other recommended materials to make one out of?

I was thinking about using the thicker piece of a leaf spring (it was 2 bolted together, the piece I'm thinking about is the thicker of the 2, about a quarter inch thick, maybe a little more) But I'm not sure how I'd put an eye in there. Any other ideas?

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Are these 'hawks intended to be functional? If so, for what purposes?


Yeah, I'd prefer them to be functional. I use them for throwing into logs and stuff. Just having fun with my brothers or whatever. I'm not a competitor or anything. Edited by Zanzetuken
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Yeah, I'd prefer them to be functional. I use them for throwing into logs and stuff. Just having fun with my brothers or whatever. I'm not a competitor or anything.


From that I can infer that you want a tough edge that will withstand regular throwing (and perhaps the occasional miss) without breaking, and a hard enough edge to retain enough sharpness to stick -- but you're not looking for 'good' edge retention. Sounds like a job for a medium-to-medium-high carbon steel to me and you'd be well off to avoid 'mild' steels like railroad spikes. JMHO, and remember how much you paid for this advice -- it's worth exactly that! ;-)
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I buy mine at yard/barn sales and fleamarkets, whenever I can get a decent sized ballpeen for a dollar I buy it. They are usually cheaper if the handle is trashed and since the first thing we do is to remove the handle anyway...

I have a bucket I toss them in so to have a supply when I teach.

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