Our unique, custom-made walking sticks feature a hand-forged tomahawk head. Often called Fokos or Valaska, this tool was traditionally used by people in Hungary and areas of Eastern Europe. Each walking stick features a solid 4140 steel, hand-forged tomahawk head custom made by blacksmith Brian Otto here in northern Michigan. After being hand forged, the tomahawk head is hardened and tempered using a 5 hour process. While time consuming, this process is used because it relieves brittleness and retains more of the hardness than commonly used, faster tempering processes. Using this process produces a blade that holds an edge well.
The shape, style, size, and finish of each tomahawk head varies. Most any tomahawk design can be adapted to work on a walking stick.
All of our walking sticks/fokos/valaskas feature langets. The langets are riveted to the handle and extend all the way up through the head - secured with nuts on top. (See photos) This strengthens the connection of the steel head and wooden handle. The langets also add to the appearance and balance of the walking stick. Although the langets are labor intensive, they greatly increase the quality and durability of the axe.
Each fokos handle is designed and hand-crafted specifically for its head to enhance its beauty and balance. We offer a variety of wood options subject to availability. Each handle is stained and waxed for appearance and durability.
The steel reinforced point on the bottom of the walking stick serves to improve traction - whether it be in dirt, sand, or on slick surfaces. The point and its hardware were designed by blacksmith Brian Otto. He hand makes each one himself. As you can see from the photos, the bottom tip extends up through the wood handle for added strength and security.
Each walking stick comes with a custom-made leather blade protector. It is designed and hand-crafted individually to fit the blade securely. All blade protectors are hand made from thick, quality leather and are glued, hand-sewn, stained, and given a protective finish for durability as well as beauty.
While the superior craftsmanship of each Fokos makes it beautiful enough to display, you will want to carry it with you on all your outdoor excursions. Words cannot explain how awesome this tool feels in your hand. The balance, size, shape, beauty - it all comes together.
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.Unfortunately, at this time, we are not accepting custom orders for axes, tomahawks, or walking sticks. Custom orders require a considerable amount of extra time/effort on our part and often leave us "holding the bag" so to speak. We simply cannot afford to do custom orders and maintain our current prices. We hope, in the future, to be able to offer custom orders again. We will be listing axes, hawks, and walking sticks on ebay and on our In Stock Now page on our website at we complete them. We will continue to accept order for custom leather work.