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#1 Archangel1

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 11:42 AM

I have a lightweight hatchet that my dad and I found in the mountains about 45 years ago. It had a broken handle when we found it and he used electrical tape to "repair" it. I carried it through my years of backpacking and it now sits in my earthquake kit.

I would like ideas about how to replace the handle or find someone that could repair it for me. I imagine that I could use paracord to build up a handle but I'd like to consider other options.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:50 AM

 

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#3 Archangel1

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:00 PM

Wrong kind of hatchet to replace with a wooden handle. I've replaced handles on hammers and axes over the years.

This hatchet is a fairly thin head (~1/4") with a tang that runs down the handle. Two plastic grips are riveted to the tang.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:44 PM

Can you post some pics of it? That'd be a huge help.

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#5 B3dlam

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:37 AM

Wrong kind of hatchet to replace with a wooden handle. I've replaced handles on hammers and axes over the years.

This hatchet is a fairly thin head (~1/4") with a tang that runs down the handle. Two plastic grips are riveted to the tang.

So basically you want to get a couple pieces of Micarta/G10 rough cut it out on a band saw and profile it out with rasp and sand paper?


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#6 Archangel1

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:45 PM

I'll dig out the hatchet and post picks. I think that G10 will be too thin.

#7 B3dlam

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:50 PM

I'll dig out the hatchet and post picks. I think that G10 will be too thin.

I am not a knife maker but I think they laminate multiple layers of g10 together let it dry then use that.  There is a guy on the board here that does knives and hatches with synthetic handles I am sure he could give you an idea of how to do it. 


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