Originally Posted by mountainman13
My father was bugging me for days for a Christmas list so I just told him I wanted the m48 hawk and kukri. (The spike hawk I really want is over $300 just for the head. Lol)
I am constantly breaking hawk handles and recently broke my throwing Bowie (it was a gift that served me well for 20 years
I'm hoping this will be a decent modern version that can handle the abuse.
I have one, and I have been abusing it for the last 2 years. I help my friends set up their demo cars, and I strip junkers for scrap. Even with the modern plastic dashboards, removing one can be a major PITA. I have used my M 48 to pry panels off of the cars, remove trim, bust out windshields, punch through sheet metal, and make dashboards look like something chewed them up and spit them out.
The weight and balance of the M-48 are good, and it has turned out to be a good thrower. it is slightly head heavy, but I was able to off set this by putting on the paracord wrap. All in all, I am very pleased with mine, and obviously, I would recommend the M-48 to others who don't mind the "tacticool look of it.
I also carry it while hunting, fishing, or camping. While it is not a good choice for hammering stakes or splitting wood, it is decent at removing limbs from and shortening fire wood. Given that I bowhunt here in NY (No firearms allowed during archery hunts for deer or bear) it is what I carry JIC I have to track a bear that someone in my group has shot. I would much rather have a shotgun, but rules are rules. Kind of one of those "better than nothing" type deals.
So far, I have not done any extreme testing on my M-48, but it has survived handle bounces off of A, B, and C pillars with little more than some paint smeared on the handle. It has taken a direct hit, mid handle, with a 12 pound sledge, and shrugged it off. The handle gets pretty slippery when it gets wet, so I would recommend a paracord wrap on the lower half of the handle for better grip during use. I have to re-point the rear spike about ever 10 strikes on sheet metal or so, but it has held up well for what I put it through.
A couple pictures of my outdoor companions. These are my workers, I have a couple more that are antiques that have been handed down in my family over the last 6 generations. They are locked up in the safe, and I really don't feel like digging through the safe right now. I'll break them out sometime, and post pics.