Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rawhide that Tomahawk

Some people complain about tomahawk heads working loose. So here’s a quick tip on securing a tomahawk head onto the handle. Wrap a piece of wet rawhide around the base of the tomahawk head and then allow it to dry. Make sure you wrap it tightly. I secure the wrap by looping each subsequent wrap under the loop that preceded it and then using my Swiss Army Knife screwdriver to push the remaining strand under the wrap. I usually get my rawhide from dog chews purchased at the grocery store and then cut the chew into strands from 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. You’d best cut it to the quarter inch mark for the wrap that should be at least 30 inches long. Once the rawhide has thoroughly dried it will be hard and will have shrunk considerably thus creating a strong hold that should keep the tomahawk head in place. Of course, the main thing is to make sure your tomahawk handle is properly contoured to form a proper fit. I've seen tomahawk handles that were much too loose and that is frustrating because the heads keep sliding down. So give the rawhide wrap a try. You can keep a small roll of rawhide in your possibles bag and use it for other things as well like wrapping your crooked knife blade to a handle. And one more note: Keep a tube of bees wax lip balm in your bag. Besides using it to keep your lips from becoming chapped, you can also use it to coat the rawhide to keep it waterproof. You can use it to coat the ends of a bow stave to prevent checking. The list goes on and on. 

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