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Not on the Cold Steel UK website yet, but could appear soon...

I rarely find use for an axe, but quite like the Cold Steel Hawk that I use. I don't know the specifications yet, but if the weight is a little more and the cutting edge longer, I could be interested....Hudson Bay Hawk.

 
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Yes, Quite similar Willie. I've been trying to find out weight/ cutting edge length details but I'm not sure Cold Steel have released them yet, but I did see it has the obligatory California law sticker warning the steel head contains traces of Nickel, which may cause cancer... I think the Snowflake law makers of California are beyond help now.....:rofl:...:rofl:
 

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i realize i'm a bit late to the party but ...
i've ordered a few things from an Italian place called Prandi, offer a staggering array of no nonsense, no glitz chopping tools at sensible prices.
i've got a buggered wrist so i wanted something fairly light for basic camp and carving work. i bought the 300g version of this one, cost me about £25:

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I looked at those some time ago, Teef. I like that head shape rather than the 'Yankee' pattern head. Either that shape or preferably the 'German' style head. Let us know the verdict re quality when it arrives.. :thumbsup:
 
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There is an East German brand called Bison that produced some very light belt hanging hatchets for the East German military. Very similar looking but without the drop out handle.
 

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I looked at those some time ago, Teef. ... Let us know the verdict re quality when it arrives.. :thumbsup:
actually i've had it for a few months now and (after i shortened the handle and wrapped a rope grip on it) i'm perfectly satisfied with it. i was worried the steel might be a bit soft but tbh i've not had to touch the blade since i tuned it up shortly after i received it. now i'm not the heaviest axe user -- mostly carving, but a good bit of foraging for burls and fat wood as well -- but i've seen nothing to indicate that there is anything amiss. in fact i quite like my little axe and i have no hesitation taking it out on the occasions i plan on getting up to something that calls for it.

i suppose i should add that i bought an adze and a basic hatchet (from them) at the same time and have had no issues with either. again, they haven't seen heavy use but so far so good.
 
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That's good. I was looking around for a shortish axe about the size of a GB small Forest axe. I know they are good axes but I believe the GB SFA carry a 'fashion price' to be honest. Bison, Prandi and a few others I am sure are also good buys, just not so well known. I'm not in a hurry as I've got a nice longer Hultafors for what I need at the moment.
 
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