Watch: Forging a Ball Peen Tomahawk

   10.31.17

Watch: Forging a Ball Peen Tomahawk

This is an interesting process; using heat and a hammer to re-shape a ball peen hammer head into a tomahawk. Nice!

He begins by drawing the ball out into a four-sided spike, and it was neat to see it take shape.

It was almost as fascinating to see what appears to be hundreds of ants all over the ground. If that had been Florida, those critters probably would have been gnawing on his ankles.

He draws the front of the hammer out skillfully, creating the curved cutting edge as he hammers it.

The 4-piece steel handle is also unique, definitely more challenging than wood in a number of ways. I can’t say I’m a fan of the final look, but that’s just me.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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