I now have belt sheaths for the Shrew Hawks. The sheaths are made from 8-9 oz Vegetable tan saddle skirting. Machine stitched and secured with brass rivets.
Price of the sheath is $17.00 plus $3.00 shipping.
No extra shipping charge is required when shipped with the Shrew Hawk.
Comments from the Blacksmith about your Shrew Hawk
Each of these axes goes through several steps in the forging process to become the “Shrew Hawk” pictured here. A slit is chisel-cut in yellow hot mild steel, and the opening is forged to form the eye using a drift that matches the handle dimensions. After cooling, the blade blank is then slit, and a flattened piece of car leaf spring or drill rod is inserted and then forge-welded to form the cutting edge. Upon close examination of many of these hawks, a thin line can be seen near the sharpened edge which marks the weld line between the body of the blade and the cutting edge. The axes are heated to their ‘critical temperature’ and annealed overnight in dry wood ashes and then ground to their final shape. The cutting edge is heated in the forge and quenched in linseed oil to harden the blade and is then tempered to a purple or pigeon blue color. This gives the edge the ability to remain sharp through continued use but flexible so as to avoid the risk of damage. The hammer poll is not hardened and will nick or mar with heavy use. The handles are hickory or ash, and in the event a replacement is necessary, they will require some adjustment in order to achieve a proper fit.
Your ‘Shrew Hawk’ will give you years of service and will in all likelihood be around long after you will be! We offer a life-time warranty on these hawks and will replace any free of charge that fail through appropriate use. These axes will come in handy for a whole range of camp chores but really shine when used to help field dress animals in the woods. In over 25 years of forging, we have never had a case of an edged tool being returned to us because of blade failure.
Years ago, Ron carried the prototype of the “Shrew Hawk” until losing it while out hunting one day. Its replacement has been his constant hunting companion for over two decades.
I have had my Shrew Hawk now for 2 years, and it is absolutely fantastic. I showed a friend of mine, Bart Lancaster, who is one of the top outfitters in North America, and he liked it so much he ordered four. Last year I cut up an entire moose with it and chopped through the spine with no problem. I split the bull into four pieces using only the hawk. Being a taxidermist by trade I know good steel when I see it. After 2 years of using it I have not had to sharpen it once. Fantastic steel. Please let your blacksmith know I appreciate so much the product he is building. I just helicoptered into some of the most remote wilderness in North America spending a week there, and my Shrew was with me. I realize that your blacksmith is getting older, and one day I will not be able to get another, so I want to order 2 more. One is for my son who one day will grow into it, and the other one is for a dear friend who was with me on the trip in the mountains by chopper. He told me if I ordered again to please order him one, so I will get it for him as a gift. I will order both hawks with a belt sheath. Also feel free to use this letter to promote the hawk. I feel when I find a good product I like to share it with everyone. It is very rare that this happens now in our disposable world. This product is worth every penny and alot more. Once again thank you for providing a quality product.
Telkwa B.C., Canada