We were able to get our hands on a couple of the new Beaver Bill Mouse Hawks. The Mouse is basically a smaller, lighter version of the Beaver Bill Thin Line model. Unlike a lot of other mouse hawks, the Beaver Bill model uses the same size handle as his full size throwing hawks just cut 4″ shorter. In the picture below is shown a Beaver Bill Mouse Hawk next to an H&B Forge Pierced Lady’s Hawk. Quite visible is the difference in the handle “diameter” and the mass of the head. There is also a big difference in the way these feel in the hand. The heavier head and skinnier handle on the H&B model makes it quite obvious when holding the handle that there is some weight out there on the end. With the Mouse Hawk, due to the larger handle and thinner head, it is not as obvious leading to a more balanced feel. I personally prefer to feel that weight out on the end especially for throwing. The bottom line though is how it performs when throwing and is it easy to stick.
One of the concerns we had with the Mouse Hawk’s throwing performance was how well it would stay “true” and fly end over end, particularly on the longer throws. The lighter head seemed like it could be susceptible to “flailing” around during the flight. A few throws with this hawk proved that not to be the case. The Mouse Hawk is a very capable thrower, and we found it a lot of fun giving it a thorough work-out and sticking it at every distance up to a 6 rotation at about 70′. The lighter weight makes it a very good alternative to the much heavier “standard” sized throwing hawks. I also enjoy throwing the H&B model but the Mouse Hawk seemed to out perform it in ability to “stick it easy”. I believe that is due to the thinner profile of the blade allowing the Mouse to penetrate deeper into the target. The target block wood also seems to grip and hold the blade tighter. This is obvious when removing the hawk from the target block. The H&B will frequently just pop out of the wood with a light touch where the Mouse Hawk will need to be wiggled back and forth to loosen it. At first look to the inexperienced eye, the Mouse Hawk, seems less substantial, Flimsier(?), maybe even cheaper looking than the H&B and most other hawk maker’s throwing hawks. It would seem better to have a thicker, heavier tomahawk head and maybe for some purposes this would be true. In my experience, for throwing purposes, the Mouse Hawk, and in fact all the Beaver Bill Throwing Hawks, which share that thinner profile characteristic, just seem to stick better, and that is the best asset of all.