Robocop1051 Posted June 9, 2015 Report Share Posted June 9, 2015 I recently got a text message from Uncle Tom, down in Arizona, stating that there was a surprise in the mail for me. I wasn't sure what to make of this, especially with recent discussions regarding giant, purple, double-headed, jelly dongs. He assured me that this was something I really wanted and that he took the initiative to make sure I had it. He did make me promise not to use it in the house.... My only request to him was that whatever it was, was packaged discreetly, as my mother in law has been living with me since the twins were born. I waited anxiously by the door for several days,until a large brown box appeared at my door. I quickly snapped out my Emerson and got to cutting... and cutting.... and more cutting... HolyFuck! Is there a Ming Vase in here? What the fcuk is all this paper for? Finally I get through about 8" of padding to reach my surprise. Much to my relief, is was neither purple, nor made of jelly. This was a super badass Colombia River (CRKT) Chogan Woods Tomahawk. The very same 'hawk I had been drooling over just a few weeks prior. It came basically as how you see it. There was a little plastic blade guard, but that got tossed with the packaging. The head had a hammered look, with some kind of powder coating (I assume to protect the carbon metal) And the handle was a blonde hickory with a lacquered finish. Those of you who know me know, I can't leave "well enough" alone... First thing I did was strip the handle down to bare wood. Then I re-stained the wood with a much darker mahogany... I tried a grey drift wood look first but that was too light again. After a few stains, I had the look I wanted. Next was the big task. Bust out the dremmel and ground off not only the powder coating, but also all the hammer marks. Took it down to smooth bare metal all over. Break out the heavy sander... hit her with some 60g... then 150g... then some 400 to polish her up. Last, the bare metal was too bright, so I dropped the head in a pot of boiling Apple cider vinegar (something I learned from BladeForum.com, using the acid to age the metal) to put a patina back on the metal. The end result was dull, deep grey finish.... fuckin perfect!! Of course I ordered a new blade protector the second I opened the package. The kydex cover came in the mail the day I finished with all the sanding of the head. My last touch was my first attempt at some paracord knot tying. I dressed up the shafts with a little turk head knot. I also added a strap for the cover to attach to the hawk for added security. Special thanks to my blood brother (it's fuckin happening!) 98Z5V for the hook up. I only hope he's as appreciative of my work as I am of his gift. This 'hawk is getting attached to my gear ASAP, and going everywhere with me from now on. Ps. My wife said I couldn't chop the watermelon... but at least I tried! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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