Got this up in the picture gallery,
but thought I may as well add it to this thread too.
Comparison photos with a Cold Steel Trail Hawk.
I am not very good at being a collector. Because I feel I have to under stand and be able to use very item in my collection,
even if that involves take out and knocking it around a bit.
As a young bloke; I worked with the Forestry Department and most days involved using axes. Axe using technique, is all about getting the most impact while using the least effort.
The Trail Hawk weight: 23.6 oz, the Szabohawk: 24.0 oz,
The Szabohawk is chucky little beast. But like any well designed tool, then you hold in the correct grip the weight disappears.
I had a used cardboard box lying around; so on to the ground it went, upside down. Took the Szabohawk in hand and aiming at the double layer on the bottom. With a simple flick of the wrist, it penetrated deeply through both layers. At first I wasn’t overly impressed.
Tried the same thing with Trail Hawk; taking a short grip, a flick of the wrist. The cardboard flexed and gave the point where the hawk glanced to the side and actually bounced off with out cutting.
I had just sharpened the Trail Hawk.
Tried it a few more times and found that Trail Hawk would penetrate the layers of cardboard ok. It just took a bit more of a determined swing and not just wrist flick.
the Szabohawk was beginning to impress me.