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Opinions on Tomahawks requested

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by 954Ink, May 19, 2020.

  1. oldmanwilly

    oldmanwilly Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Last recommendations: look up Walkbyfaith777, he's a BF member and makes some gorgeous traditional hawks. Also Beaver Bill has a nice assortment of traditional hawks. I do not own hawks from either of these makers but I hope to one day soon.
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  2. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    If you are handy and want to try a tomahawk cheaply, check out the Cold Steel ones. I have a pipe hawk thats been a real workhorse. Theyre good hawks under that icky black paint :D lol. If you have a file, sandpaper and some paint stripper you can get a really nice one of a kind tomahawk with a Cold Steel.
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  3. rpn


    Mar 17, 2008
    Have a S13 and a Jenny Wren and have zero regrets with either. The JW I did pick up used on the forums which lowered the price.
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  4. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    In my opinion, it's really only a tomahawk if the handle goes through the head from the top.
    If it goes in from the bottom, and uses a wedge, it's a hatchet, or a hand-axe.
    The full tang hand-axe is more an evolution of the breaching axe or crash-axe concept. But no matter the blade form, I don't consider a FT axe to be a tomahawk.
    I think they are completely different tools, that happen to have overlapping roles.
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  5. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    I never realized there was a physical difference I thought it was just aesthetics and regional terms. Thanks for the knowledge.
  6. burninatorzw

    burninatorzw Wingard Wearables Co Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 18, 2007
    Tomahawks are weapons that are handy for light utility cutting/chopping tasks. In my opinion, the tomahawk market has tacked on so much mass that these have more in common with hatchets and axes than with historic, battle proven tomahawks. Weight is great for wood chopping and heavy duty use but comes at great cost--too cumbersome for carry and in combatives they feel dead in the hand, too sluggish for speed.
    [​IMG] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/50079378667/in/dateposted-public/ [​IMG]

    If you are interested in tomahawks for easy carry and combatives then the Backripper Tomahawk is the way to go. I tried carrying tomahawks for a long time--even the LaGana VTAC in a custom shoulder holster--uncomfortable and prone to self injury. I then started a historic review and did experiments to determine that battle proven tomahawks from the 17th-19th century are a completely different animal to what's on the market today. They had a lot of impressive capabilities and eliminated the shortcomings seen in many axe fighting systems.

    We combined these capabilities with ergonomic design for a practical everyday carry tomahawk. Link below link for more information on the Backripper Tomahawk.


    If you invest in a quality blade, it should be readily accessible so you can use it a LOT. If a blade is too burdensome to carry, then you won't be using it much. Folks carry Backripper Tomahawks everyday. It may be a flesh-and-bone weapon, but it handles a lot of daily cutting and chopping chores just fine, plus we got some other interesting blades available and new stuff later this year.

    Zac with Wingard Wearables Co

    And if historical context interests you:



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  7. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    My own mother can attest to that. She borrowed my CRKT for some tree pruning work some years back. Then I needed to get her one for herself for Mother's Day.
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  8. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Are those two hawks tomahawks cast or forged as I've heard their cast.
  9. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    2Hawks heads are cast 6150, but that part doesn't bother me. They're properly heat-treated, and hand finished. I bought a Warbeast as an outdoor working tool several years ago. I don't find the steel to be chippy, it sharpens easily enough, I've had no problem with rust, and the geometry is fine for my uses. I'm not trying to cut a car in half, though. Devin sells a LOT of his 'hawks, if there was a problem, you'd have heard about it!
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  10. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    I bought a Flagrant Beard as well. They were on sale. I held off on the Spyderco to many bad reviews. I want a Walk By faith axe at some point. Sadly between unexpected home repairs and rainy season I haven't had a chance to mess with any of the axes yet.
  11. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    If you pull the handle off, some (not all) tomahawks can actually make a very passable ulu, for work in the kitchen. Make a handle out of a rolled-up hand towel and some duct tape. It slices! It dices! Don't know about the julienne fries(showing my age here), but they're also good for slicing steak for fajitas.

    Just a thought....
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  12. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    That's a can do attitude my man. I should put a micro bevel on one of these for deer season.

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