See bottom of page for description and how to ‘stick’ a throwing hawk.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Ray Rantanen

About Damascus

Current Damascus Knives

Current Carbon Steel Knives

Current Railroad Spike Knives

Throwing Hawks

Horseshoe Knives

Kitchen Knives

Knife Styles For Ordering

Totem Poles

Misc. Items

Knife Maintenance

Customer Comments

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Throwing Hawks

 

Throwing hawk – Standard $55,weeping heart $65

 

 

Close-up standard throwing hawk $55

 

 

Close-up weeping heart throwing hawk $65

 

THROWING HAWK:

 

This throwing tomahawk is made from a high carbon horsehoof rasp. It is heated, folded over, forge welded and hammered to shape. It is then ground to final shape, sharpened and hardened on the cutting edge.  The coarse side of the rasp is on the outside as can be seen on the eye part of the head.  They are tough and can withstand thousands of throws without breaking. The head is 7 inches long and the handle is 19 inches. The blade portion is typically 3 ˝ inches wide.

 

With the blade shape, handle size and length, these hawks rotate once at six paces (six yards) when thrown without trying to spin it.  This means the hawk should be thrown with a follow through like throwing a baseball or reaching out to shake hands.  For right-handers step forward with the left foot during the release, leaning forward, and let her go. Follow through with the throwing arm - don't stop part way through the release. Depending on the release style, the distance may need to be adjusted a foot or so.  If the top end hits first step forward a half step, if the handle end hits first step back a half step.  By throwing from 12 paces the hawk will rotate twice.

 

Stare at a point of the target you want to hit.  After awhile you will be surprised how easily you can hit what you are looking at.  Don’t just throw at the target in general - pick out a spot.

 

The handle will come loose during a bad throw, where the handle hits first.  Tap the top end on a piece of wood to reseat the handle.  If the handle becomes too loose after a lot of use, insert a small (approx. 1 inch by 1 1/2 inch) piece of thin leather between the forward edge of the handle and the eye at the top end.  This seats the handle and keeps it from loosening easily.

 

After a lot of practice you can put a little spin on it to account for variable throwing distances that are not exactly 6 yards.  This does take a lot of experience.

 

End grain wood such as a cross section of a big log is ideal for sticking the hawk. The sides of boards are not very good for sticking.  Ends of timbers that have been cut to a foot or so in length and banded together makes a good target.

 

The handle is a standard hickory throwing hawk handle purchased from Atlanta Cutlery. I usually have some on hand also.

 

Enjoy it - it's fun to throw!!   Be careful!!  This can be a deadly weapon.  Have everyone stand behind the thrower. Always practice safety.   

   

 

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