This is a quick introduction to my new Cold Steel Trail Hawk Project. The Trail Hawk gives you a lot of value for only $28, but the fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired. For your money you are getting a quality 5150 carbon steel head and an American hickory handle, that is the good news. The bad news is, the head is sloppily fit to the haft and it is covered in a thick and crappy black paint. The haft has a waxy feel to it and looks distressed like some Yuppy’s furniture.
I’m going to pull the head off and smooth the casting marks out on the inside as well as grind the opening a bit for a better fit to the haft. I’m going to sand the shaft, do some patterning on it with a torch, and put a nice stain and finish on it. I’ll also add a Para-cord wrap and lanyard. I think this stuff will fix the deficiencies that this hawk has, make it way prettier, and give me a real nice piece of gear all for around $50 total investment.
Keep an eye out for this one! If it turns out as nice as I hope I may have to build one to giveaway. . .
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