1849 Gold Rush Tomahawk

Raymond Richard

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I had purchased the pickax head at a knife show in Washington several years ago. It looked good and old and small enough that it interested me and I thought it would be a fun project if it didn't get lost in my shop. Turns out I had a couple small pick ax handles hiding in my shop except they were for a different size eye but the small end of the handle could be shaped to fit this pickax. I finished it up a few days ago. The plan was to used some silver looking spikes on the haft but I didn't like the silver color so I decided to try heat coloring them using the forge. I was thinking they were stainless steel but after they melted guess they were just pot metal. As you can see I ended up using brass tacks.
 

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