Estwing E2H Solid Steel Carpenter's Hatchet with Leather Grip


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Blade Type Information: Forged Steel

Steel that is treated before being made into an object is called forged steel. This process hardens the steel, making it stronger after it is made. The process of forging steel has been used for hundreds of years by blacksmiths, the most renowned coming from early China and Persia. In our modern world, specialized machines create most of the forged steel available to the average consumer. Hand forged steel is still available if one is willing to pay the prize for a handmade item.

There are two different techniques used when forging steel. Depending on the ultimate usage of the metal, steel may be hot or cold forged. The most popular technique is hot forging the metal. This is done by heating the metal to an extraordinary temperature. The heated metal is then casted into shapes, such as blades, and the metal is more durable under stress. One must consider the scale formation when hot forging. A possible disadvantage on hot forging is that the metal is less durable in precise locations. There is also the possibility of the metal warping into an undesired shape when cooling.

Cold forging is not really cold as we have come to define the term. The forging process takes place closer to room temperature. The best metals for this type of process are carbon alloy steels. The most popular process is impression forging. This is when the raw metal is placed against a predetermined cast of the desired product. A hydrolytic hammer is than dropped on the metal, forcing it to take the shape of the cast. Although this process is better overall in terms of cost production and final products, it has its own disadvantages. The metal surface must be cleaned before attempting to cold forge and one needs heavier, specialized machinery to accomplish it.

Handle Material Information: Leather Grip

No matter what you are using one of these tools for it is best that the tool is equipped with the right type of grip. With the wrong type, you can seriously injure yourself or someone else. You could also mutilate whatever it is that you are working on. Letís take a quick look at some of the top reasons for having a leather grip, shall we?


When you are using one of these tools with a leather grip then you know that your hand will have a more firm and comfortable feeling than with other types of handle material. While it might not be feasible in some cases, leather grips will give more easily than hardwood thereby making it a more comfortable grip.


Leather has a tendency to mold itself. If you have a leather grip on a tool, then after a while you will start to notice that it is becoming molded to the shape of your hand. This gives you a better grip and it will continue to do so the longer that it is used.


Leather has an amazingly long lifeÖif you donít scratch or nick it. Even if you do damage it the leather can easily be fixed or replaced. If you want the grip on your tools to be long lasting as well as comfortable then there is no better material for it than leather.

If you are in search of more information regarding grips for knives, axes or tomahawks then you should swing by Tomahawk Database. Everything you ever wanted to know about these tools can be found there. It is almost like an encyclopedia for these types of things. The best part is that it is extremely easy to navigate and find whatever it is that you are looking for.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 55

The Estwing E2H Solid Steel Carpenter's Hatchet with Leather Grip has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 55

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: Estwing

For over ninety years, the Estwing company has been one of the most trusted names in American-made striking tools. Founded in 1923 by Ernest Estwing, the Estwing family has expanded their humble family business based out of Rockford, Illinois, into a household name. Their high quality products are available at affordable prices in major hardware retailers across the world.

Estwing's hammers are forged as one solid tool, rather than having the head and handle as separate components, with a longer handle for maximum striking power. Estwing also offers a Shock Reduction Grip for their hammers, first introduced in 2001, to ensure optimal comfort for the user. Estwing hammers are available to suit every task, including woodworking, bricklaying, and shingling.

Estwing axes remain a staple among outdoors-men and farmers and are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, including double bit models. Estwing's axes are lightweight and easy to use, making them essential for any camping trip. Estwing also offers a line of tomahawks forged from 100% genuine American steel for sportsman and military use, as well as hatchets for household construction projects. Additionally, Estwing has split wedges and axe sheaths available, for efficient and safe axe use.

Estwing also crafts tools for geological tasks. Geologists, archaeologists, and engineers can rest assured that Estwing's picks, chisels, and specialty hammers are created with the same standard and amount of care that their other products are, and offer the same amount of convenience and customer satisfaction, being comfortable to use and easy to travel with.

Whether a customer is looking for tools for their hobby or their trade, Estwing offers the finest in durable and comfortable craftsman quality tools, as well as a warranty against wear from normal use for all their products.

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