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CRKT Woods Kangee
« on: February 01, 2015, 05:49:19 AM »
I took the opportunity to test drive the Kangee hawk yesterday. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with the way it chops.

Here it is beside my Miller Falls hatchet. 19 inch handle. Overall weight is 2 lbs plus an ounce or 2. I like the looks of it too.



Although it was delivered with a pretty good edge. I had to put it on the belt for just a minute to get it to cut like I wanted.





I still haven't provided myself with a situation where I could really put the point to work.



I did sharpen it some. I'd like to sharpen all of it's machined edges. It has several. I think that is the day it would become a weapon vs being a tool.



I was able to chop me a decent stack of wood for the pit without issue.


 
I did experience the one issue that I particularly do not like about hawks in general. I had to peck the handle back in tight every once in a while as I worked. Not an issue for some I'm sure, but it drives me nuts. I liked the Kangee overall. Again, being able to put the spike to work would help evaluate it's all around performance. I do think it is very good for it's price point. Not too bad to look at either.



Thanks for looking in.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2015, 06:25:12 AM »
It is an attractive solution to a problem I don't have.

Bring it with you to camp, I may trade you out of it for sh!ts and giggles, although the hammer poll version is a more useful tool.

So bring that too.
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2015, 08:32:29 AM »
 :rofl: ...will do.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2015, 09:11:49 AM »
  That is an interesting looking hawk.
 :)


  I was looking at it & what you have said & I had a couple of thoughts.


 The pointed end would make a good digging end, if you needed to dig a cat hole for crapping in if the ground was hard & /or stoney. It would also be good for digging up roots for cordage or even to harvest root plants like Ramps/leeks, or other tubers you can eat. Although having a more spaded end like a mattock/pulaski might be better. I have had a lot of sticks break in doing those tasks & finally just carry a mini e-tool when I get out with a pack. So it would likely be useful just for that.
 :)


  As far as the head loosening up... I had that trouble once & just took a lumber crayon (even charcoal would work) & coated the head end of the handle with it, then put the head on & drove it. Pulled the head off & did a bit of shaving and repeat til the head was snug. Much like hanging an axe head & the final shaping for a good "seat". Then I took a little bit of pine resin & melted it, smeared a bit on the head end of the handle as a type of glue, and I haven't had any trouble since with loosening. IF I ever need to remove the head from the handle "on purpose", or if the handle needs replacing, then it is not too hard to remove the head. The lil bit of resin "glue" helps keep the head on during regular use, but doesn't make it all that tough to get the head off later, if needed. I realize you are a top hand at axe hanging & all, and likely already thought of this...but I thought to mention it for those who might not know.
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  Just a couple of things that popped into my head I thought I could share.
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Anyway... Cool looking tool!
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2015, 09:21:59 AM »
You are exactly right JB. It would make a great digging tool and will do lots of other things too. I checked the seat on the handle before I started. Looked pretty well rounded. The reason I have a pic of the hatchet is cause I got it out so I could pound the handle of the hawk back in with it. Getting to know the tool better would do me a world of good. I thought about just putting some dirt inside the eye to make it stick better after the 3rd time of tightening it. Karen thinks my methods are harsh sometimes..and she was watching. I like it though and it's shortcomings are likely my own.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2015, 09:37:49 AM »
It was nice to see this get a workout and hear your thoughts.

I have a similar experience with the head loosening up, but similar to how Mn described, I whittled down the high spots to make better contact with the handle and it doesn't come loose nearly as often. I didn't glue mine on, but I think a little dried rosin might make it stick in place pretty good without being permanent.

I like the convenience of a take-down tool. It seems like a safer way to pack it around when you can have the head in a mask inside your pack.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2015, 09:39:58 AM »
  One more thing to help with "seating" the head to the handle.
 :)


   When I want to put the head back on the handle if I have removed it or it came loose for some reason, I just take the hawk & hold it upside down, then bang the head end of the wood handle onto a hard surface & it drives the head onto the handle without any "rocking" that might be caused by whacking the head on each/either side to drive the head tighter. The vertical strike of the end of the handle to the hard surface, kinda keeps the head centered & prevents the head from making loose spots for it to work loose when being used. But, whacking the head end of the handle with something like your hatchet, or another hard item such as a baton, rather than driving the head onto the handle would do just the same. If someone is hitting the head to drive it on the handle, it can compress the wood fibers on one, or both sides with each hit & making those loose spots get bigger.
 :)


   Just trying to help with some tips that others might not know here. Hope ya don't mind. Some folks might think that to seat the hawk head they would hit the head onto the handle rather than using the head end of the handle to seat the head. Trying to pass on... you know...
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   I look forward to hearing more as you use this hawk in the future. I am partial to polled hawk heads myself, but I am always willing to see what others use, for future reference.
 :)


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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2015, 09:44:58 AM »
1st, thanks for the review.

It would be more useful for someone who spent a lot of time in the frozen north country, running trap lines, breaking ice for drinking water or fishing
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2015, 09:52:12 AM »

  I've seen one of those with the spike cut off just above the eye to form a hammer pole,  the guy that did it said that he ordered it because the poled version had a shorter cutting edge,  he wanted a poled hawk but with a longer cutting edge and that's what he ended up by cutting off the spike.
 The hawk balanced well and felt good in the hand,  I thought it was a pretty neat mod.
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2015, 10:33:02 AM »
The cutting edge on the poled version is actually longer than on the spike. I'll try to get a pic up shortly.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2015, 02:11:46 PM »
Good review creek!  you gave it a fair chance.  I'd still take the Miller Falls hatchet though   :thumbsup:
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2015, 02:33:29 PM »
Thanks for posting Creek, I've been looking forward to your review of these tools. Is the bottom of the spike sharpened like a sickle? Could be used for light brush clearing. Spyder1958 makes a good point about using it as an ice pick. If you needed to keep your water hole open is do the trick. The axes they used to for harvesting ice from frozen lakes/rivers sometimes had similar pick ends for moving and shaping blocks.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2015, 03:01:02 PM »
Is the bottom of the spike sharpened like a sickle?

Yes it is. Those edges are machined but not sharp ... yet.

Here are the pics of the two edges. The hammer poles is just a bit longer than the spike.





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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2015, 05:36:47 PM »
It's like a Pulaski/Pickaroon..... Pularoon or Pickaski or something......... interesting.

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2015, 07:04:31 PM »
Yup, nice looking hawk.  Do you think the head is a casting?
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2015, 07:12:29 PM »
Yup, nice looking hawk.  Do you think the head is a casting?

Creeks head?  It's bone.
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2015, 08:30:55 PM »
Yup, nice looking hawk.  Do you think the head is a casting?

Creeks head?  It's bone.

I would have guessed government plastic like cousin Eddy  ;D

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2015, 07:41:48 AM »
Yup, nice looking hawk.  Do you think the head is a casting?

The product description says it's forged 1055 with hammer finish. There are some folks that think my head is solid granite...opinions are like s...

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2015, 02:25:07 PM »
Can it be flipped and put back on? Wondering if could be used for hewing Lumber for a small cabin, or digging a dugout canoe, With the help of hot coals of course.
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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2015, 02:45:59 PM »
The point could be used for harvesting grass/grain sickle type function...

Or maybe opening a coconut...

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2015, 05:16:36 PM »
Can it be flipped and put back on? Wondering if could be used for hewing Lumber for a small cabin, or digging a dugout canoe, With the help of hot coals of course.

It certainly could but the machine edges are not sharp as shipped. I'm sort of mind to try and sharpen all the machine edges, but as I said earlier, that's when it becomes a weapon. It will become a more useful tool, but will become way more dangerous then too. The more I mess with it the better I like it. I'm taking both to our gathering on the 20th. Will be interesting to get some input from my fellow numbskulls  :chopwood:

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Re: CRKT Woods Kangee
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2015, 07:29:28 PM »
Can it be flipped and put back on? Wondering if could be used for hewing Lumber for a small cabin, or digging a dugout canoe, With the help of hot coals of course.

It certainly could but the machine edges are not sharp as shipped. I'm sort of mind to try and sharpen all the machine edges, but as I said earlier, that's when it becomes a weapon. It will become a more useful tool, but will become way more dangerous then too. The more I mess with it the better I like it. I'm taking both to our gathering on the 20th. Will be interesting to get some input from my fellow numbskulls  :chopwood:

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