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Login Name Post: Shrinking hawk handle        (Topic#306555)
Elnathan 
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02-24-18 10:27 AM - Post#1671171    

    In response to Rifleman1776

I always try to haft tomahawks and axes in the dead of winter, when the wood has the least moisture in it. That way it can't shrink on me.

Missed my opportunity this year, thanks in part to the sudden temper shift recently.

 
Loyalist Dave 
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Loyalist Dave
02-24-18 12:43 PM - Post#1671205    

    In response to Rifleman1776

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I don't like it and get when my handles are ruined by those thoughtless types



Speaking of "thoughtless", I was thinking..., IF the first hawk lands on the target and sticks with the blade 90° to the target, thus Γǀ..., can't the next hawk thrown hit the metal back of the first 'hawk head with the edge of the thrown hawk? Does that sound good for the cutting edge of the thrown 'hawk???

LD

 
Black Hand 
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Black Hand
02-24-18 08:42 PM - Post#1671306    

    In response to Rifleman1776

  • Rifleman1776 Said:
Because there are some who consider it fun to destroy other folks hawk handles. I don't like it and get when my handles are ruined by those thoughtless types (that's saying it diplomatically).



Easy solution - stop throwing your hawk.
While historically some may have been thrown, an axe is a hand tool that is primarily used to cut wood/brush. If used as a weapon, it is far more useful in my hand...


 
tenngun 
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tenngun
02-24-18 11:17 PM - Post#1671329    

    In response to Black Hand

By 1800 or so the ‘Kentucky’ ax was becoming more popular, the almost modren style hatchet. Not an easy tool to throw. That said many were the hours I enjoyed handles. After all spending a handle on a game isn’t much more expensive then the powder and ball you send down range at an event.
I think it is an hc game. I don’t think I have played it this century. My belt ax is just a tool any more.

 
juice jaws 
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juice jaws
02-25-18 08:35 AM - Post#1671350    

    In response to tenngun

I also enjoy many hours playing handles, and here is the kicker: the guy who taught us the game, he was the local trader, and sold the handles to us.

 
tenngun 
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tenngun
02-25-18 09:54 AM - Post#1671377    

    In response to juice jaws

Does he work in Las Vegas?

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
02-25-18 12:27 PM - Post#1671391    

    In response to Black Hand

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Easy solution - stop throwing your hawk.



Sorry, I don't like your idea. That is like telling someone to not deposit money in the bank to avoid bank robbers.
Handle hunters are juvenile, rude people.
Hawk throwing is a fun activity and good competition at many ml/ronny events.

 
Black Hand 
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Black Hand
02-25-18 12:42 PM - Post#1671395    

    In response to Rifleman1776

  • Rifleman1776 Said:
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Easy solution - stop throwing your hawk.


Sorry, I don't like your idea. That is like telling someone to not deposit money in the bank to avoid bank robbers.


Not really - it is more like telling a smoker verging on COPD to stop smoking or a grossly obese person to moderate their intake and start an exercise regimen. You know what leads to damaged handles and only you can fix the problem....


 
tenngun 
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tenngun
02-25-18 12:43 PM - Post#1671396    

    In response to Rifleman1776

I’ve been in more then one game where you threw, took your score got your hawk and next in line threw. There is plenty of room in this sport for any games people want to play.

 
necchi 
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necchi
02-25-18 02:13 PM - Post#1671408    

    In response to tenngun

  • tenngun Said:
I’ve been in more then one game where you threw, took your score got your hawk and next in line threw. There is plenty of room in this sport for any games people want to play.


Exactly, sanctioned event Hawk toss competition seldom includes a game of "handles". But you had better be able to do better than stick it in the center of the block.
In our area "handles" is as described, a juvenile game usually played by juveniles, aka; youth.
But it can be great fun.
I really can't believe so many are getting twisted over a $3-4 hawk handle when most of us that rendezvous have a $1,000 or more of gear hauled to the event at more expense.
If folks don't want to play handles then don't.

The entire idea behind the invention of the tapper`d eye in a hawk head 500yrs ago was so that a field expedient suitable branch could be whittled down to fit with out any further assistance,, if you ain't got $3-4,, turn off the TV and pull out a sharp knife. If you don't have a tree near, find a 2x2
JohnT
Molon Labe~


 
tenngun 
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tenngun
02-25-18 03:28 PM - Post#1671416    

    In response to necchi

juvenile???? We might have grey in our beards here but I think if you scratch any of us you will find a ten year old playing cowboys and Indians here.

 
Black Hand 
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Black Hand
02-25-18 04:06 PM - Post#1671420    

    In response to tenngun

With age should come wisdom and self-control...

 
juice jaws 
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juice jaws
02-25-18 05:54 PM - Post#1671442    

    In response to Black Hand

I think what we have hear is a " Failure to Communicate " First we have hawk throwing, where you take turns throwing your hawk for a score. Then we have the game of handles where you try to destroy your buddy's hawk handle, and all in the game knows that. Most of the time now it is play by old juvenile's with no self control.

 
tenngun 
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tenngun
02-25-18 08:08 PM - Post#1671457    

    In response to Black Hand

“Did you ever notice how much mature wisdom resembles being too tired” Robert Heinline
I think in Letters from the Earth Mark Twain had a few choice things to say about age and wisdom.

Edited by tenngun on 02-25-18 08:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
spudnut 
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spudnut
04-22-18 11:58 PM - Post#1681093    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

  • Colorado Clyde Said:
All my hawks have tapered handles, when I run out of taper it is time for a new handle....Axes and things that don't have tapered heads I store head down on concrete or gravel...in the shed. this way the head can maintain the proper moisture content. If it is hung on the wall the heads will become loose in dry weather.

I now have a shed again after living in apartments for the last four years, I read Clydes ost here and put all my hawks out there about aweek ago on the slab cause all my handles were loose from the warm dry air theyve been in for so long.I went out to get one for this past weekends tradegun match and the leather cover was soaked,It had sucked up all kinds of moisture,had to polish the surfce rust off it.

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
04-23-18 12:57 PM - Post#1681144    

    In response to necchi

  • Quote:
If folks don't want to play handles then don't.




It isn't 'playing' a game that would bother me. It is during informal throwing and warm up where others, without permission, try to destroy your property.

 
juice jaws 
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juice jaws
04-24-18 10:05 AM - Post#1681265    

    In response to Rifleman1776

  • Rifleman1776 Said:
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If folks don't want to play handles then don't.




It isn't 'playing' a game that would bother me. It is during informal throwing and warm up where others, without permission, try to destroy your property.



I agree with you there, handles should only be play when ever one knows the rules.

 
tenngun 
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tenngun
04-24-18 11:28 AM - Post#1681274    

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eggwelder 
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04-30-18 06:23 PM - Post#1682453    

    In response to Black Hand

if you have not matured by age 50, you don't have to.

true story.

I`ve got 2.5 years to go, but i think i`ll be ok.

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
05-01-18 09:36 AM - Post#1682541    

    In response to eggwelder

  • eggwelder Said:
if you have not matured by age 50, you don't have to.

true story.

I`ve got 2.5 years to go, but i think i`ll be ok.




Take my experienced word for it. This business of acting like an adult just isn't what it is cracked up to be.

 
Adui 
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Adui
05-03-18 05:33 PM - Post#1683022    

    In response to eggwelder

  • eggwelder Said:
if you have not matured by age 50, you don't have to.

true story.

I`ve got 2.5 years to go, but i think i`ll be ok.


50?? Somebody told me that magic age was 60! Dang good to hear this! I am in the home stretch with less than a year to my 50th birthday!
"I hope to be at least half as good as my dog believes me to be." Unknown Author

Best regards;
Terry


 
necchi 
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necchi
05-04-18 01:42 AM - Post#1683073    

    In response to Adui

50 is pretty cool, at 49 just lie and tell people your 50, be 50 for 2-3 years.
At 50,, you've been there,, when you say "in my experience",, your actually trying to tell people the truth!
JohnT
Molon Labe~


 
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