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Recommend stock size for wrapped eye tomahawk?

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I’m looking at trying my hand at making a couple of tomahawks. I’m planning to use A36 with a 5160 bit. I was thinking about using 1/8” x 1” bar stock for the body, but now I’m afraid that may be too thin. 

Anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks!

David

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Too thin.  Use 1/4" thick bar, 1" or wider, depending on the blade size.

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1/8 stock is much too thin.  You will always lose some thickness to scale and to forge welding. 1/4 or 3/8 would be better

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1/4"X1"  is about right for wrapped eye.  From there you can change the eye into different models.  this hawk is made from 1/4" X 1 and you can see the difference in the pole and in the blade edge shape. 

The 2nd photo shows a straight wrapped eye and then a longer pole type as well.  

All 1/4X1" 

 

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