Estwing E3-FF4 Splitting Axe


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Blade Type Information: 1055 Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is one of the most common choices for the weapon market. It is less susceptible to corrosion, so it lasts longer, and is also easy to sharpen. As carbon steel is harder than stainless steel, it is able to have a more acute edge without the risk of bending during contact with hard materials.

1055 Carbon Steel is commonly used for edged weapons, like swords, machetes, tomahawks, and knives. It is heat-tempered in order to reduce the possibility of breakage. There are only two components to Carbon Steel: Carbon (content being between .50% to .60%) and Manganese (content between .60% to .90%). Depending on the exact carbon content, 1055 Carbon steel has a quenched hardness of HRC 60-64, due to the use of lean alloy and the high carbon content. When quenched, 1055 carbon steel produces a nearly saturated lathe martensite that does not contain the brittleness common of other high carbon metals.

1055 Carbon Steel that has been drop forged means the carbon steel has been forged using a process in which a hammer is raised and then "dropped" in order to deform the steel into the shape of the die. This can be done with an open die, where the die does not enclose the metal being shaped, or with a closed die, where the metal is enclosed, leading to different shapes of completed materials.

Manufacturers who want a long lasting and durable blade often choose drop forged 1055 carbon steel, the result being blades of almost unmatched toughness for axes, hatchets, tomahawks, and other steel weaponry.

Handle Material Information: Nylon Vinyl Shock Resistant Grip

When you are looking for the next addition to your tomahawk, axe or knife collection then you might want to check out some of the models that have a nylon vinyl shock resistant grip. However, if you are reading this then you may be wondering exactly what that is and why you would want it. That is not a problem because you will find out right now.

What is it?

Nylon vinyl is a blend of the two materials. Shock resistant means that it will absorb most of the shock from impact thereby saving your hands, arms, shoulders and back from being affected as badly as they would without it. Grip means just what it sounds like. It is the part of the tool that you will grip when using it. When you put all of those together you get a grip made from a nylon – vinyl blend that will absorb the shock from impact.

Why would you like this?

There are many reasons that you would like this. One reason will more than likely be that shock resistant part. That is always nice. Another reason might be its durability. There is also the fact that a nylon vinyl blend will not slip off the handle. This is also a great type of handle to have whether you are in the woods, on the water or even at home. It will stay in your hands where it belongs even when it is wet. This makes it a bit safer than some other kinds of handles.

Whether you are pro nylon vinyl shock resistant or anti, you can always find out more information about this and any other type of handle for axes, knives and tomahawks at Tomahawk Database. Also check them out when you have questions about any types of blades.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 55

The Estwing E3-FF4 Splitting Axe 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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