SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F02T-N Battle Axe with Straight Edge

 

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Blade Type Information: 420 Stainless Steel

420 is the numerical designation for a grade of stainless steel. The 400 series includes ferritic and martensitic chromium alloys, with 420 specifically referring to Cutlery Grade martensitic, which is similar to Brearley's original rustless steel and possesses excellent polishability.

Type 420 Stainless Steel, a modification of 410, has a higher carbon content to increase hardness, improve strength and give better wear resistance. Type 420 Stainless Steel provides both corrosion resistance as well, and is commonly used in dental and surgical instruments, cutlery, plastic molds, pump shafts, steel balls, and numerous hand tools.

Type 420 resists corrosion by the atmosphere, fresh water, steam, carbonic acid, crude oil, gasoline, perspiration, alcohol, ammonia, mercury , sterilizing solutions, soaps and other similar corrosives.

Handle Material Information: G-10 Laminate

Micarta is the brand name for composites of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic originally used in electrical and decorative applications. Micarta was developed by George Westinghouse in 1910 using resins invented by Leo Baekeland. These resins were used to impregnate paper and cotton fabric which were cured under pressure and high temperature to produce laminates. In the years following, this manufacturing method began to include the use of fiberglass fabric and other resin types.

Modern Micarta laminates are produced with a wide variety of resins and fibers. The term is now used generically to describe most resin impregnated fibre compounds. The largest use for Micarta laminates is a high strength electrical insulation in power generating and distribution equipment. The laminates are also used for knife handles and handgun grips, guitar fingerboards and bridges, pool cues, and safety gear such as hard hats.

A G-10 micarta is resin impregnated fiberglass. Such a handle is unlikely to shatter or crack and won't absorb liquid or chemicals its surface layers. It's also resistant to showing dirt or hand oil marks.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 51-53

The SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F02T-N Battle Axe with Straight Edge has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 51-53

Stanley P. Rockwell inevnted the Rockwell Hardness Test in 1919 while working as a metallurgist in ball bearing plant. Rockwell wanted to measure the uniformity and hardness of inner and outer rings on which the ball bearings rolled. He designed a device that could measure hardness accurately and quickly.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standardized a set of scales for testing Rockwell hardness values. Each scale has been designated a letter and corresponds to a different group of materials. Scale C is used for steel, titanium, deep case hardened steel, hard cast irons and other materials harder than scale B 100.

Knife blades and other steel hardened tools are made from metals that match to the Rockwell C scale. Most blade makers display the hardness number as "HRC xx" or "HRC xx - xx" providing a range, where "xx" indicates a Rockwell hardness number. Not many blades measure over HRC 70. Most functional blades rate somewhere between HRC 56 and HRC 63.

Generally, blades with a lower HRC number don't hold and edge for long under demanding use, but they are easier to sharpen. Blades with a higher HRC value stay sharp for longer, but are more difficult to sharpen. As an example, stainless steel has a HRC higher than carbon steel, but it is also more difficult to sharpen than carbon steel.

Company Information: American Tomahawk Company

In 1966 in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Peter LaGana founded American Tomahawk. His first tactical axe, the Vietnam Tomahawk, became legendary after it was distributed to and used by 4,000 U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel during the Vietnam war.

The unique axe head and its amazing balance made it easy to throw accurately with little experience. The original wooden handle was superb, but has now been upgraded to a more durable synthetic handle, light, yet tough. The current incarnation of this axe is known as the LaGana Tactical Tomahawk or VTAC. U.S. troops have used this axe since its inception.

Peter Lagana was of Iroquois descent. Although he was both a mail carrier and gunsmith, LaGana was deeply involved in the art of the use of silent weapons, such as swords, knives, and tomahawks. He taught the art of hand-to-hand combat for 23 years. One of LaGana's students was an Army sergeant. It was this association and LaGana's teachings (and tomahawk) that led to a meeting with Pentagon officials, and, ultimately, the use of LaGana's tomahawk by the military.

After the war, production of the Vietnam Tomahawk ended and LaGana closed up shop. It wasn't until 2000 that Andy Prisco and a business partner contacted LaGana about restarting the company. LaGana agreed and production began again. Sadly, LaGana has since passed on. Andy Prisco, a professional knife and tomahawk thrower, now owns American Tomahawk.

In addition to continuing to supply the armed forces, American Tomahawk also supplies law enforcement agencies and private citizens. Today, American Tomahawk has two additional offerings. One is the CQC-T, described as a personal combat tool. Like the VTAC, the CQC-T is light and easy to wield. The second is the Sibert Comanche, a tomahawk with intensely aggressive design and updated for modern tactical needs.

As far as the average consumer is concerned, American Tomahawk Company still has something to offer them. They have a whole line of specialty tomahawks, each designed to do specific jobs around your home and property. The handles of the consumer products generally come in American Hickory, making them sturdy, with enough weight to them to make them easy to handle and swing, yet elegant in appearance at the same time. The blades on the tomahawks are all made with drop forged 1055 carbon steel.

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