Most painful tomahawk injury

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by WOODS127, Dec 6, 2020.

  1. RedWolf4


    Oct 20, 2019
    I don't know if you were asking me or not, but from hitting myself in the head no, no cuts. Just blunt impact.
  2. GWashington1732

    GWashington1732 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I got a blister once.
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  3. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry

    Aug 11, 2020
    Got drunk one day and decided to cut a tree down. Somehow I "caught" the bit with my left hand and sliced open all 4 fingers. I kept chopping.

    I no longer drink, by the way. Made way too many stupid decisions while intoxicated!
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  4. WOODS127


    Dec 6, 2020
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  5. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry

    Aug 11, 2020
    Haha, surprisingly no.
  6. Daniel L

    Daniel L Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 1998
    When I first got a Cold Steel Vietnam hawk many many years ago, I swung it around in Filipino martial arts style "fan" around my head and the spike made a small divot in my scalp. A spiked hawk is not a like a stick lol

    Nothing serious, just a good reminder. Thankfully, nothing more serious with axes / hawks!!
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  7. Brent Halverson

    Brent Halverson

    Nov 16, 2020
    After swinging axes, hatchets and mauls for almost fifty years, the only injury has been to my soul watching hipsters latch onto these tools as jewelry for their egos in the last few decades.
  8. thebrain


    Dec 12, 2007
    It was my tomahawk but my friends hand that got cut. We were at his family farm throwing my knives and tomahawk and I out of habit flip the item before I throw it to help myself get a "feel" for the balance. Well my buddy started doing the same thing and after a while got a little too comfortable. He flipped it once then a double flip then the second try on the double flipand the edge raked across the inside of his fingers cutting them all pretty well and a it was a ragged cut too because of the edge rolling from the impacts of the many poor throws.
  9. burninatorzw

    burninatorzw Wingard Wearables Co Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 18, 2007
    Back in 2007 I tried conceal carrying a tomahawk. Bought the LaGana Tactical from the now-out-of-business American Tomahawk Company—that tomahawk weighed 16 ounces, was slippery in the hand, and the carry system was horrid—huge and heavy. I’ve been told they designed the carry system to withstand parachute jumps—that’s nice to know, but it was way too bulky and slow to function for everyday concealed carry. So I got a custom sheath from Survival Sheath Systems, which cost around $130 (more than the tomahawk itself). This was an underarm shoulder carry system, so if my shirt was untucked I could reach under, grab the slippery handle, and yank hard and the tomahawk could be drawn fairly quickly. It was very uncomfortable to wear—no fault to Survival Sheath Systems—the tomahawk head was around 8” long and the rigid kydex that surrounded it would jam into the body—this axe was never made for the application. Also, the tomahawk was so heavy that the shoulder carry system would hang off one side and dig into the other. Anyways, I was stubborn about the concept of a concealed carry tomahawk and carried it for six months. Despite all the short comings of the tomahawk and carry system, it felt awesome to execute a quick draw from concealment, so I practiced the quick draw all the time. But one time it felt a little funny. The draw was slower than usual. I looked down and on my shirt I could see a blood stain rapidly expanding from my love handle region. The beard of the tomahawk blade had caught on my love handle during the quick draw. That was the extent of the injury. Just a blade cutting through skin and fat. Thankfully the back hair covers the scar.

    This taught me that carrying a tomahawk underarm was a bad idea. Especially if it had a very bearded chopping blade. I later learned that very bearded blades, although sexy in appearance, are pretty terrible in combatives—the bearded portion gets hung up on flesh and fabric. I also learned that historic, battle proven spike tomahawks were much lighter than the LaGana Tactical—closer to 8 ounces (often less!). And I learned that many of these spike tomahawks featured curved spikes—some so curved that they couldn’t possibly injure in percussive impact. Such curved spikes were still great in close quarters combat—acting as a meathook on a stick to tear down opponents, yet posed significantly less risk to the user vs. sharp, straight spike designs. So since the market hadn’t figured out tomahawks for concealed carry, I went about designing my own back in 2016. That eventually became the Backripper Tomahawk, and we’ve also designed another, the Empress Tomahawk. Both are very lightweight (6-9 ounces) and feature very curved spike blades. I carried prototypes of these, sheathless, inside-the-waistband over a couple of years—driving in the car, hiking on trails, etc. and never had worse than a nick on the surface of the skin. Inside the waistband carry, sheathless, is much safer than under the arm carry in the sheath. Still, I recommend a carry system for inside the waistband carry—that’s the lowest risk option.

    So: Curved spikes are safer than straight spikes. Lighter tomahawks are easier to control even at great speed. And avoid underarm carry with bearded tomahawk blades (better to avoid bearded blades entirely). Y’all be safe and BE EDGY.
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  10. WOODS127


    Dec 6, 2020
    Did you need stitches or medical assistance for your wound? or did it heal on it's own?
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  11. burninatorzw

    burninatorzw Wingard Wearables Co Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 18, 2007
    Nah. Some capillaries cut, clotted with pressure. Butterfly closure strips and neosporin did fine. It was a 3" long, shallow wound. Faint scar now (under dark back hair, can hardly see it). Bloodstain formed very fast on the fabric and made it look worse than it was.

    Weird thing, the tomahawk's beard raked thru the skin and some fat but didn't cut the thin t-shirt over the skin. The VTAC LaGana came with a sharpened beard too. The t-shirt was tucked in, there was no exposed skin that the blade talked across. Never had a cut that didn't cut the fabric yet cut the skin underneath.
  12. thunderstick


    Jan 15, 2007
    I got a new Fiskars X25 from Amazon a number of years and ago went right out to try it. When splitting a twisted grain round on a chopping block -- I discovered the grain had some runout. The axe went down and out the side following the grain--breaking free from the round came back into my leg beside the shin bone. Took a small chip off the shin bone and the corner of the axe went in pretty deep. Because it was the corner only it wasn't a long gash and only needed a few stitches. Fortunately my reflexes were good and I was moving my leg back as the axe broke free or it would have gone in much deeper. That is the closest I came to a serious injury.

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