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Experimental Hatchet by CuSmith Experimental Hatchet by CuSmith
This is a sort of prototype of a hatchet design I've had kicking around in my head forever now. Apparently I'm not the first one to try out this kind of shape though. The first thing one of the guys I work with said when he saw what I was doing was "oh yeah, I've made one of those." I don't remember exactly how I responded, but I'm sure it was with something indignant. This started out as a huge chunk of 1-1/2" (that's one and a half inches) round 1050 steel. Approximately 3 hours to forge, and maybe 6 or so for finishing. Handle is dyed curly maple with brass pins. Approximately 16-1/2" from tip to handle end.
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AndrewLyle Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That good Axe it the Axe is a and knife
cratemaker71 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
How does it cut? I read the comments but don't think I saw any reply on how it functions. Regardless, it's pretty bad ass. 
CuSmith Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
I haven't tried to cut with it yet, it is pretty hefty though. I suspect it works well on wood and the like. And thanks! :D
redwolfradolf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Puts me in mind of some tribal weapon... I think from southern Asia...
CuSmith Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Yeah, this has a lot of similarities to Asian designs, there's also a lot of African weapons that have interesting shapes like this.
redwolfradolf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Right! Now that you mention it, I think it was Africa I was thinking of.
prestigex Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I guess it's kinda heavy - but that is a very impressive weapon. At worst - it's a big hunk of metal with a handle, smash -- Then axe head to hack and chop,

but best of all is the hook on the end - idk if the inside of that could be made sharp , but then it can be used to "rake" - slit "something, or someone" wide open - nasty.

Guess it can be tossed too - , but it remind me of  a Machete / Bill (ie. english billmen) / Hatchet all in one. 

I notice someone say "historical" .. just because no one wrote about it, or no surviving pieces exist, doesn't mean it never happened. If someone can think of it , it could have been made
CuSmith Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I cut myself at least twice on the little hook you're talking about... no need to sharpen the inside edge.

This could certainly be thrown, but I would make sure to practice with a similarly weighted piece before tossing this around.

This shape is somewhat related to a lot of eastern styles... there are quite a few malaysian, indian, even javanese designs that have a very flowing yet severe look to them. This is not historical in the sense that I was not trying to reproduce a specific item, but you could say it is a modern sister piece to many different historical influences.
ratninja Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
DUDE! I HAD THIS SAME IDEA! Great hatchet, much lovelier than i could ever achieve
CuSmith Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Whoa, thanks! I've seen a few bladey / axey things that were similarly shaped over the years, and I thought I'd put my own spin on it.
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