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I want to make a throwing tomahawk, simiar to the one in black ops. My only preferance is it doesn't have a wood handle Answered

I want to make a throwing tomahawk out of one piece of 1/4 inch sheet steel. I want the handle to be wrapped paracord, not wood. Does anybody have suggestions of designs?


Many bladesmiths and blacksmiths use flat steel to form a traditional style tomahawk by cutting the basic shape of the blade with a long "tail" opposite the face or cutting edge of t he hawk. This tail is heated until malleable then bent around a drift or other hardy tool to form the handle eye. The eye is normally tapered from top to bottom to help lock the handle into the head. The handle is tapered to fit into the eye and wedge in when it is swung. Traditionally the eye is formed and forge welded to the blade by heating the steel to critical temperature then hammered on an anvil to merge or weld the two pieces together. Some smiths "cheat" by using an arch welder to weld the joint. This joint is only as good as the welder and the steel. Most hawks have a wooden handle. You can have a cord wrapped handle but you need something to wrap the cord around. I suppose you could use a piece of pipe or metal tubing. You might also get a nylon or fiberglass replacement handle from a hardware or DIY store. If you have a large enough piece of steel you could just cut out the head and handle as one piece like a full tang knife. You could then laminate whatever handle material you like to the tang. One final thought. Do you know what kind of steel you have? This will matter a great deal in working and heat treating the metal. There is a lot of information available on several bladesmithing forums and knife making websites. I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Your going to have to have the handle balanced against the weight of the head. Use of paracord on the handle is possible but you'll have to see how much cord will equal the weight of the head. If you make the handle of the same piece as the head it will off set the weight at the other end depending on the length. You may have a bit of tinkering and experimenting to get it just right, but it is do-able. Just take lots of photos and post them as a ible. You might learn a thing or two you can teach the rest of us.

Some type of heavy wire under the paracord may help with the balancing.

Balance matters a lot, whether you're throwing axes or knives. Plan to spend a lot of time getting the balance right.

Suggestion: Try contacting your local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism. They won't be interested in your "black ops" design, but they may have someone who has been practicing with a medieval throwing axe and might be willing to give you some tips.