Pros: Construction, Weight, Head Material
Cons: Handle Material, None
Excellent for price! A little work made it perfect!
This is a low priced 'hawk from a company I have learned to love. When it came down to it, I knew I would get Cold Steel... just not sure what model. I plan on taking this out into the bush, so I went for the nice sized blade as well as the useful hammer back. Out of the box, its a nice looking deal. Nothing fancy, as indicated by the fairly rough wood handle, loose head, and blemished finish on the metal. But all is not lost... for a mere $20 something dollars, this would be my project. The Hawk reliably sticks quite deep into most tree wood at 10 feet, and cuts very well for its not-so-sharp blade. I was impressed with that aspect. Not too long into my throwing and hacking trials, the head became so loose it shifted position by a few inches on the shaft. After locating the appropriate allen key, the head was reattached very securely. The I ran a schedule of coarse to very fine grit sand paper on damn near the whole shaft, which helped out significantly... but some of the blemishes on the wood are so deep that you still will get your hands cut or stuck on the imperfections. To alleviate this, as well as give a good gripping surface, I cut approx. 14