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In this vidja I am showing the more important aspects of replacing or exchanging a handle. And making and driving a wedge for a tight and safe fit for your ax head.
There are some great resources for more technical and in depth instruction. You can extrapolate quite a bit from mine if you have a even a cursory knowledge of wood working. High speed low drag instructional from Grub’s.
Links on great channels with excellent discussion and instruction on all things ax related ,down below.
http://www.youtube.com/user/wranglerstar
http://www.youtube.com/user/BackwoodsAmerican
http://www.youtube.com/user/GICUSTOM
A tomahawk (also referred to as a hawk) is a type of ax from North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. The name came into the English language in the 17th century as an adaptation of the Powhatan (Virginian Algonquian) word.
Tomahawks were general purpose tools used by Native Americans and European Colonials alike, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon. The metal tomahawk heads were originally based on a Royal Navy boarding ax and used as a trade-item with Native Americans for food and other provisions.
In 1965 the Canadian Tire Co. approached the principals of the Mann Edge Tool Co. with a proposal that the Mann Edge Tool Co. manufacture a line of “Sportsmen’s Axes” and certain other outdoor equipment. By 1968 John Waddell, the president of the Mann Edge Tool Co., had traveled to Scandinavia, possibly Sweden) and visited another company that reportedly had previously supplied certain similar axes. By the end of 1968 the O. A. Norlund Co. had been established and began making axes, hatchets and some other outdoor camping and fishing equipment bearing the name O. A. NORLUND.
The name comes from Powhatan tamahaac, derived from the Proto-Algonquian root *temah- ‘to cut off by tool’. Algonquian cognates include Lenape təmahikan,Malecite-Passamaquoddy tomhikon, Abenaki demahigan, all of which mean ‘ax’.
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