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The tomahawk is
Here are a few of the uses of a tomahawk. I bet a few of these a lot of you haven’t tried yet.
- 1 Fire duties
- 2 Defense
- 3 Reasons the tomahawk was a favored choice for combat in the past.
- 5 Hacking at ice
- 6 Breaking windshields or glass
- 7 Prying
- 8 Busting Open Drums
- 9 Throwing
- 10 Hammer
- 11 Things To Consider When Purchasing
- 12 Price
- 13 Weight
- 14 Handle Material Considerations
- 15 Head Style and Metal Used
- 16 Cold Steel Rifleman’s Hawk
- 17 Cold Steel War Hawk Axe with Sheath
- 18 SOG FastHawk
- 19 SOG Tomahawk Pack of 3 – Throwing Hawks Throwing Axe Set
- 20 Gerber
- 21 Gerber Downrange Tomahawk
- 22 Gerber Gator Combo Axe II
- 23 Gerber Gator Combo Axe
- 24 CRKT Woods Chogan Tomahawk Axe
- 25 CRKT Woods Kangee Tomahawk Axe
- 26 CRKT Freyr Tactical Axe: Outdoor Axe with Deep Beard Design
- 27 The Original Vietnam Tomahawk
- 28 Conclusion
The tomahawk has long
During the Civil War it was very common for soldiers to carry a tomahawk with a long handle. While this was useful when making camp, it could inflict horrific damage when used in battle.
Remember that those old muskets took time to reload. You only had one shot at a time and that meant that combat would often take place hand to hand. It was brutal and any edge or better reach you could get, the better. I have a photo of my great-great-grandfather in his Civil War uniform and he definitely had a tomahawk style axe on his belt.
Reasons the tomahawk was a favored choice for combat in the past.
A skilled person could use a tomahawk for a variety of butcher tasks. Removing the head and cracking open the rib cage of a medium to
Hacking at ice
Under icy and frozen weather
Breaking windshields or glass
If you need to escape from a vehicle or rescue someone you could do it with a tomahawk
While you should be careful using any blade to pry, for some jobs it can work just fine to use a hatchet or tom
Busting Open Drums
While it may not be something that comes up often, you can use a tomahawk to bust open steel or plastic drums if you have no other way to access the contents
If you have a tomahawk that features a blunt back end then you can use it as hammer if needed. Don’t expect it to be as good as a hammer though. While it is neat when a tool is versatile, it seems that a great many are not as good as having a very specific tool for a job,
Things To Consider When Purchasing
Like any blade or tool, come in a big price range. Consider what you
Tomahawks vary in weight based on size and materials used. If you are just using a tomahawk for around your place or occasional use for
Handle Material Considerations
A synthetic handle will offer a higher level of durability and strength in the long term. If you can find a tomahawk that offers a replaceable synthetic handle and high quality head then you could always replace the handle with a carved wooden one
Head Style and Metal Used
Some tomahawks have a sharp second side shaped like a pick that can make them more useful in some situations. These can be fairly sharp so you need to be extra careful when using this style. Getting a light tap with the blunt head of a tomahawk is bad enough but a
In some ways this makes me think
Cold Steel Rifleman’s Hawk
Overall Length: 19 inches
Tomahawk Head Size: 8 1/8 inches
Weight: 32 ounces
American Hickory Handle
I like the idea of an actual hammerhead on one side of a tomahawk. There is a greater chance of me needing to hammer something properly than needing to use something that is more dagger like. Honestly I never cared for the idea of swinging something towards me that is really sharp like that. The Cold Steel Rifleman’s Hawk seems to me like it would be more useful for actual bushcraft projects than a lot of the more tactical style hawks. This is an affordably priced tomahawk that you can find for under $40.
Those that like traditional tools and craftsmanship will find this an appealing tomahawk. The American Hickory handle gives it a classic look and a good feel in the hand. At 32 ounces this is not a lightweight tomahawk so that is something to consider if you plan on taking your hawk into the bush. Cold Steel includes a Cordura sheath for safe storage and carry.
Cold Steel War Hawk Axe with Sheath
Hawk length: 8 1/2″
Overall length: 19″
Weight: 29.8 oz
This is a tomahawk that is designed for chopping and breaching with ease. It is not full tang but the tang does go down 6 inches into the handle. While I prefer full tang myself, there are a lot of reviews out on the Warhawk and it appears to be solid despite the less than full tang construction.
The bearded head gives you a lot of chopping power while the tanto style spike will penetrate with ease.
Length: 12.5 inches
Weight: 19 oz
If you are looking for a company that makes blades that are a good value and have a great reputation, SOG is one to consider. SOG makes a lot of different tomahawks and hatchets that are worth consideration, especially if you want to buy multiple hawks for throwing practice or to stash in various places.
This is a smaller tactical tomahawk that is similar in design to the classic Vietnam Tomahawk design.
SOG Tomahawk Pack of 3 – Throwing Hawks Throwing Axe Set
If you just want a lot of inexpensive tomahawks for throwing
These are fairly small and although you could perform some tasks with them, they are really mostly for throwing. They could be a good inexpensive way to see if you
Some folks don’t care for Gerber that much but I have found their products to be reliable. I think part of the issue is that they have
It would be a hard lesson to swallow to be in a long emergency and realized that you probably limited yourself to cheap gear to save $100-$200 overall on things you could buy a little at a time, anyway.
I am going to highlight two different tomahawk options from Gerber, one of which is a serious splurge but an amazing tool.
Gerber Downrange Tomahawk
- Overall Length: 19.27″
- Weight: 1.9 lb without Sheath, 2.5 lbs. with sheath
- Steel Type: 420HC
- Handle Material: G-10
The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk offers a lot of versatility and
The Downrange tomahawk features a pry bar on the end of the handle, a hammerhead, and a beveled edge axe head. The hollowed out design of the head may look strange to those of us that are used to a solid head on a tool but this design is plenty strong and backed with a lifetime warranty.
Gerber Gator Combo Axe II
- Forged steel head
- Gator grip handle
- Glass-filled nylon handle
- Axe Overall Length: 15.60″
- Axe Blade Length: 2.70″
- Axe Weight: 26 oz.
- Saw Overall Length: 10.24″
- Saw Blade Length: 6.10″
- Saw Weight: 2.40 oz.
For an affordable Gerber option there is the Gerber Gator Combo Axe II. My husband and I have a small version of this that has a paring knife in the handle and it is an amazing tool. The Gator has been on my list of blades to buy for quite some time.
At under $50 it is a real bargain and you get a saw in the handle. The handles on these are excellent. I can
Below is the small Gator Axe and knife combo that Matt and I own.
Gerber Gator Combo Axe
CRKT Woods Chogan Tomahawk Axe
Blade Length: 3.500″ (88.9 mm)
Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel
Grind: Hot Forged
Open Length: 19.000″ (482.6 mm)
Weight: 1.99 lb (0.9 kg)
Handle: Tennessee Hickory
CRKT Woods Kangee Tomahawk Axe
CRKT Freyr Tactical Axe: Outdoor Axe with Deep Beard Design
Blade Length: 4.528″ (115.01 mm)
Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel
Grind: Hot Forged
Overall Length: 16.125″ (409.58 mm)
Weight: 1.79 lb (0.81 kg)
Handle: Tennessee Hickory
This design stood out to me
The Original Vietnam Tomahawk
This is a classic tomahawk that has an outstanding reputation for durability, toughness, and functionality. It is an affordable choice when you can find them. At this point in time, you will probably have to buy The Vietnam Tomahawk on
The tomahawk is a useful and formidable weapon for
Throwing hawks may be a fun activity for those that love a good blade and have the space.
While a lot of axes have blunt heads, a lot of tomahawks have spiky sides. This is one reason
I think learning how to throw hawks would be a lot of fun and something I will probably get around to one day.
Do you throw hawks? Do you have a favorite brand or model of