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Bearded camp hatchet

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Ive been on the path of trying to make tomahawks and hatchets lately. This is the 5th attempt. I don't have very much luck getting a good weld though. Each time i try finishing it a bit further and cleaning up alot more before the weld up. It always starts out good but starts coming apart during final shaping. The wrap is mild steel and the core is 5160, and the handle a piece of diamond willow that had the right bend in it. It'll be getting thoroughly tested during the memorial day camping trip.





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That's pretty much what i was beginning to think. The stubborn part of me knows it has to work, so i keep giving it a try with the 5160. But it's getting old making paper weights ( I know, every mistake is a learning experience). 

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