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Tomahawk Finish on the Steel

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A couple different finishes on my Tomahawks ,both were put in Muriatic acid for cleaning. One has Pema Blue (gun blue) as a finish .The other was sprayed with Hydrogen Peroxide after coming out of the Muriatic acid. I 'am not sure I like the Rust type finish??Tthe rust one is Wrought Iron.  I thought I would ask you guys your opinions ?? And also what type of finish you use?? Thanks 

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I prefer the blue but I'm not into rust as a finish I really don't like Core 10 buildingsl. That's just me though.

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Isn't there some finishing method that involves forcing a rusted finish and then dipping it in boiling water to change the Fe2O3 to Fe3O4? I don't recall the details, but that might be more rustic than the bluing and more finished than the rust.

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I think I may try t

he "hot" Plum browning that I used on my Muzzle loading barrels and see what that looks like ??but so far the cold gun blue is what I 'am liking  

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Agree on the bluing as a preference.  How durable is that though (most folks who get hawks want to throw them at a target eventually...)?

I have gotten a similar finish from using the hot apple cider fuming method, but I'm not sure if that would be any more durable a patina.  I'm very interested in what you come up with.  I think one of the potential advantages of an acid generated patina would be to reveal the joint between the low carbon steel body and the high carbon steel bit (if that is you construction method).

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12 hours ago, Latticino said:

Agree on the bluing as a preference.  How durable is that though (most folks who get hawks want to throw them at a target eventually...)?

I have gotten a similar finish from using the hot apple cider fuming method, but I'm not sure if that would be any more durable a patina.  I'm very interested in what you come up with.  I think one of the potential advantages of an acid generated patina would be to reveal the joint between the low carbon steel body and the high carbon steel bit (if that is you construction method).

I will be trying the "hot" browning on one of the tomahawks  in the future , I `am hopefully the finish will be a more chocolate brown finish ?? I will post pictures for viewing when I get it done 

  

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I got a bottle of Plum brown and tried it for a finish , I didn't like it very much. Plus was not very durable, I was able to wipe the rust finish off pretty easy with just wet rag. I do like the Gun Blue finish the best so far . A couple of pictures of the Hawks with handles  

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