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Project by Tichomir Toth posted 02-25-2019 07:10 PM 848 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project is a hatchet.
The metal part is made of a worn saw blade. I have no experience with steel hardening, so I didn’t make hardening.
The handle is made of 3 kinds of wood, namely padauk, walnut, ash. The wood is treated with oil.
Below I show some pictures of the production process.
I made also a video about production. Can be viewed on youtube:
Thank you for viewing.
Best wishes!

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#1 posted 02-25-2019 07:56 PM

Looks great.

I am sure someone here can offer ideas about the hardening tempering of the blade. Most likely you will have to disassemble though!

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#2 posted 02-25-2019 08:16 PM

Cool. How well does it work?

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#3 posted 02-25-2019 08:49 PM

beautiful hatchet but without hardening the blade is probably going to dull quickly and the edge may roll.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-25-2019 08:55 PM

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#5 posted 02-25-2019 11:37 PM

Very nice. I really like the handle style.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 02-26-2019 06:51 AM

Thank you for your kind words!
I made it for decorative purposes and I wanted to try working with metal.
The saw blade comes from the Czech manufacturer Pilana. Blade body is hardened to 44 – 48 HRC.
According to wikipedia:
Very hard steel (e.g. chisels, quality knife blades): HRC 55–66
Axes: about HRC 45–55
So my hatchet is at the very bottom of the scale. :)

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 02:25 PM

Blade body is hardened to 44 – 48 HRC.

Axes: about HRC 45–55

So my hatchet is at the very bottom of the scale. :)

- Tichomir Toth

I like the thought of re-purposed metal. I love the look of this “hacket,” that will be my name for a Cleaver that has metal hardness like an axe.

How much meat can a meat cut cut, if a meat cut could chop wood?

Nice post, thanks for making it.

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#8 posted 03-11-2019 12:33 AM

Its beautiful; you are a very skilled craftsman – well done.

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#9 posted 03-21-2019 04:06 AM


-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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