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Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by tommytman, Aug 16, 2020.
I like the estwing tomahawk.
Any disadvantage to the leather handle?
What are you going to do with it?
Chop stuff up ! And beat holes in stuff too!
If you'll be out in the wet weather, you might want to avoid the leather.
The Estwings balance and handle like a hammer. I love my tomahawk and double bit, but there is no getting around the fact that they are made like a hand tool.
For that reason, I didn't go to the extra expense or maintenance effort of leather. Rubber grips work just fine. I have been abusing mine for a few years now. Besides some scuffed paint, they are holding up well. The handles are dirty but look brand new otherwise.
I like the leather, and it looks to have a coating on it, so it’s probably zero maintenance.
The leather handles don't really age well unless you take good care of them. The rubberized handles hold up to almost no care, it is the same material as the hammers and I have seen them heavily used for decades with the only results being they get a bit less soft. I think the leather is more comfortable for some things but the rubber is cushioned and transmits less vibration.
I have an old Estwing hammer with blue rubber handle,it was used when I got it in 1980 and it is still intact, no cracks. I’ll still stick with leather, it just looks nicer.
In my experience the leather washers eventually shrink and get loose unless you can keep it well hydrated. I had a hammer, and saw others which through regular use and no maintenance shrink and get loose.
Rubber. The leather grips in my opinion are much too wide and large
The leather is pretty but the plastic handles are tough and shock absorbent.
Do they come with a head cover ?
Yes, it is a nylon sheath with snaps.
Definitely need one .
Here are my Estwings
A little worse for wear.
Another Estwing followed me home
I like the leather, and it has a finish on it that is maintenance free. Theyre comfortable and durable, and can be repaired if it needs it in the long term unlike rubber which will eventually degrade. Most importantly, stacked leather looks great!
The leather looks nicer and easy enough to repair or replace.the synthetic is tough doesnt feel or look as good but I have destroyed the synthetic handle material and replaced it with leather on a few estwings that I throw.
Bunch of enables .
Nice. Great tools.