BLADE Magazine

A Smokable Pipe Tomahawk?

For a rustic look, Jarrod Fiscus “forced brown” the head of his pipe tomahawk the same as is done with a traditional muzzle-loading rifle. (Caleb Royer tomahawk image)

Since 21-year-old Jarrod Fiscus won with an axe in his appearance on Forged in Fire and also participates in frontier rendezvous events, it seems most appropriate that he would build a traditional pipe tomahawk.

Jarrod handforged the head of 1080 carbon steel and the body of mild steel. He then forge-welded the pipe to the body. He said the “weeping heart” cutout is a design used frequently in Colonial days, from the Eastern woodlands to the Great Plains. Jarrod dyed the curly maple haft in the traditional manner with nitric acid. He poured the pewter inlays directly into the wood. He finished it all up with a brass cap and a mule deer antler plug. As Jarrod noted, “This hawk is a fully functional, smokable piece of art.”

SPEC CHECK
ODEL: Pipe tomahawk
MAKER: Jarrod Fiscus
HEAD LENGTH: 4”
EDGE LENGTH: 3”
HEAD/EDGE MATERIAL: 1080 carbon steel
HAFT: Curly maple
OVERALL LENGTH: 19.5”
MAKER’S LIST PRICE FOR A SIMILAR
PIECE: $550

Fiscus with his winning axe from Forged in Fire.

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