Posts made in November, 2013

Another 8 Rotation Throw

Standing by my 8 rotation throw

Standing by my 8 rotation throw

It was a good weekend throwing for the TomahawkGuys, we hope you are out there having as much fun as we are with the ‘hawks! We are continuing to field test the new Beaver Bill Mighty Mouse Hawk. NightHawk (Patrick) was using the only  MMHawk that we have and came away feeling pretty good about it by the time we were finished. He wanted to test it out for distance throwing and worked his way back through all the rotations up to his current 7 rotation personal best. He then successfully stuck a nice 7 rotation with the Mighty Mouse Hawk, the only time he has ever stuck a 7 using something other than his favorite BB Thin Line hawk. I was also throwing for distance and we worked our way back through the rotations simultaneously since we have 2 target blocks set up together. NightHawk was using the “production” Mighty Mouse Hawk so I used my 2 Mighty Mouse prototypes that I have. I wasn’t really planning on doing a lot of distance throwing but I was feeling pretty good about my throws and sticking all the rotations in relatively few attempts even sticking the 6 on my first attempt. Got through the 7 and decided to give the 8 a few tries. I missed the first four attempts and was ready to give it up but decided to give it a couple more throws. I was throwing 2 attempts at a time since I have the 2 prototypes and I threw and missed the fifth attempt but managed to get a nice stick on the 6th! I was pretty happy about that since NightHawk was there to witness the throw and it ended up being a technically better stick than my previous 8 rotation throw just not quite as close to the center this time. We measured the distance and it came in about 108″ 3″ almost the same as my other 8 rotation.

Throwing from my 8 rotation distance of 108′ 3″

Clean Stick from 8 rotations

Clean Stick from 8 rotations

 

 

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Mighty Mouse Hawk

The Beaver Bill Mighty Mouse Hawk

The TomahawkGuys are happy to announce a brand new throwing hawk model that we think you will really like. This new tomahawk is a collaborative project between us, the TomahawkGuys and Beaver Bill Forging Works. I briefly hinted about this ‘hawk in an earlier post. They are now ready to go. For a limited time they are only available right here on the TomahawkGuys site by following the special link. (Now on Beaver Bill’s web site also)

Click here to visit the Beaver Bill Mighty Mouse Hawk page.

The Mighty Mouse Hawk is based on Beaver Bill’s Standard model Throwing Hawk whereas the regular Mouse Hawk is based on his Thin Line model Throwing Hawk. This means that The Mighty Mouse Hawk blade could be up to twice as thick as the regular Mouse Hawk. The handle length is 16″. The cutting edge is about 3.25″ long. The blade edge to handle is about 4.25″ and the weight is roughly 17 ounces with the handle. The Mighty Mouse Hawk is slightly larger than the regular Beaver Bill Mouse Hawk. It is very well balanced and feels great in the hand.

First Batch of The Mighty Mouse Hawk

First Batch of The Mighty Mouse Hawk

The Mighty Mouse Hawk started out as a “happy accident” so to speak. We were at Beaver Bill’s forge looking over some Standard Model ‘hawks to purchase as I had yet to own one of his “Standards”, I thought it was about time that I did.  I saw one that was noticeably different from the other ‘hawks. It was somewhat smaller and had a look about it that intrigued me. When I questioned Bill about it he said that it was the last one of a particular batch he was working on. Basically the sheet of steel that he had left was not big enough to cut out a full size blank so he used what was left and the resulting tomahawk was a bit smaller.  I decided that I would get this particular tomahawk. I took it that same day to the range to give it a try and like all of Beaver Bill’s ‘hawks it performed just fine. Other than it’s unique size and shape it didn’t really stand out from his other ‘hawks. It was the following day when I decided to cut the handle shorter. After all it was similar in size to my other Mouse Hawks but it had a full 19″ handle. I cut it off to 16″ which is an inch longer than the regular Mouse Hawk’s 15″ handle. Suddenly the ‘hawk just felt “right.” I took it out in the backyard to give it a try and immediately I could tell this was a special tomahawk. The weight and the balance of this hawk felt really comfortable in my hand. Throwing it was much better now with the shorter handle. It stuck really well and I seemed to be able to throw with a high degree of accuracy. I can throw up to 3 rotations in the backyard range at my home and this tomahawk was performing nicely at the 1, 2, and 3 rotation distances. I was anxious for the weekend to come when I would be able to go to the main TomahawkGuys range in South Eastern Indiana about 25 miles from my home in Cincinnati. There I would be able to try out some distance throws. I just had a feeling that with this tomahawk I would be able to set a new personal best long range throw. My old record was 7 rotations from 98.5 feet thrown last year. Although, as a joke, I made a New Year Resolution that I wanted to break 100′ in the tomahawk throw this year, I wasn’t too confident that I would be able to do it due to some nagging shoulder issues. I had been working on altering my throwing style to a bit more sidearmed release to take some pressure off my shoulder and that seemed to be helping although it wasn’t as accurate as my straight overhead throw. This new release combined with the Mighty Mouse’s slightly lighter weight and balanced feel gave me confidence to try throwing the longer distances again. When Saturday came, I had an opportunity to talk with Beaver Bill again and I mentioned to him that I shortened the handle and that I thought this tomahawk would be the one that would allow me to set a new mark in the distance throw. Once at the range I worked my way through the one, two and three rotation distances as anytime we try to do distance throws we always work our way up to keep track of where our step is and the number of rotations. Then on to the four and five and six. Four and five can become somewhat consistent but starting at the six rotation distance things usually become somewhat “dicey” as we are just heaving the tomahawk and hoping that it will come in contact with the target block to verify our step. Some days we can’t stick even one at the six rotation distance, others we might stick several. This day however I was able to stick the six on my first attempt, I was in the groove. The seven rotation is pretty much the cutoff. We might go weeks or months between sticking a seven. My previous distance record was a seven rotation. Depending on the length of the handle and weight of the head, the step from where the release is could vary significantly. Even though I was on a roll recently with having managed to stick seven rotations several times this summer, none was from a farther step than my first time sticking a seven at 98′ 6″. I knew it was going to have to be an eight rotation throw to take me back over the 100’ line. I tried a few times to get the seven rotation but couldn’t stick it. I was starting to get tired so I decided to skip back and try a few eight rotations before I quit. The first two attempts miss the target but are fairly close so I decide to continue on. On the very next throw, as it is flying through the air, I am thinking that this could be the one. Then “Thunk” it sticks! I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t a perfect stick, a little over rotated in fact, but it was in the center of the target. I thought to myself “I knew this was a great tomahawk!”  Well I couldn’t wait to tell Beaver Bill and thank him for that “accidental” tomahawk. Due to this achievement and the fact that I really liked the feel of throwing this hawk, I urged him to consider making more of these since there might be other people who would like it too. He agreed and we worked together on refining the design. I suggested a couple of minor performance improvements and  he created a nice looking profile with an upward curving arc in the bottom edge as it comes away from the handle to reflect somewhat the Premium Model. The TomahawkGuys really like The Mighty Mouse Hawk and think you will too.

Mighty Mouse Comparison

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