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Old 05-11-2012, 10:34   #1
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Tomahawks

Anyone give any thought to one?

I have a Vietnam tomahawk from cold steel but like the looks of the Trench Hawk too. Any thoughts?

http://www.coldsteel.com/trench-hawk.html

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Old 05-11-2012, 11:06   #2
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Mall Indian.

Tomahawks do a lousy job chopping and splitting wood when compared to an axe, a lousy job stopping threats when compared to a gun, and a lousy job doing anything else compared to a knife.

They're a fun toy, but no substitute for real tools.
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Old 05-11-2012, 13:58   #3
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Mall Indian.

Tomahawks do a lousy job chopping and splitting wood when compared to an axe, a lousy job stopping threats when compared to a gun, and a lousy job doing anything else compared to a knife.

They're a fun toy, but no substitute for real tools.


Name a handheld weapon that you would choose to stop a threat instead of a gun.

I personally don't see the need for one but as Quake said, you don't have to need something to buy it.

If I was going to chop down a tree or chop kindling, that blade style would not be my first choice at all. And I'm not seeing it as an effective weapon, but if it works for you...
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Old 05-11-2012, 16:04   #4
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If I was going to chop down a tree or chop kindling, that blade style would not be my first choice at all. And I'm not seeing it as an effective weapon, but if it works for you...
This. A good hatchet is a better tool and a knife is a better weapon. I play with one at the competitions at mountain man events. It would not be my first choice in a bug out bag. I have a hatchet, Estwing axe and a large knife in the tool box in my truck. Tomahawk is in my rendezvous junk at home.
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Old 11-20-2012, 17:35   #5
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Name a handheld weapon that you would choose to stop a threat instead of a gun.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:57   #6
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Mall Indian.

Tomahawks do a lousy job chopping and splitting wood when compared to an axe, a lousy job stopping threats when compared to a gun, and a lousy job doing anything else compared to a knife.

They're a fun toy, but no substitute for real tools.
Toys for unskilled posters maybe, but you really shouldn't assume that everybody is unskilled and unconditioned.

I'll wager a lot of indians will disagree with your informative post.
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Old 05-13-2012, 15:43   #7
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I'll wager a lot of indians will disagree with your informative post.
I'll wager most will show you how to open a beer with one.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:34   #8
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I'll wager most will show you how to open a beer with one.
Not sure if this is a dig at my red brethern or not, but it sure is funny!!! Gave me my first laugh for the day.


I don't know anything about 'hawks, having never even handled one, so I will not weigh in on the discussion.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:44   #9
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RMJ Tactical Tomahawk

I've thought about getting a tomahawk from RMJ Tactical. But $475 was way too steep for me.

http://www.rmjtactical.com/
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I'll wager most will show you how to open a beer with one.
I know a few Indians that can show you how to open a head and/or chest cavity with one.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:26   #11
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I know a few Indians that can show you how to open a head and/or chest cavity with one.

Yes. But what do they know?


And it never ceases to amaze me how narrow minded some people are when it comes to tools.

I choose to learn how to use many tools. And I choose to keep my body strong, my mind sharp and open.
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Tomahawks do a lousy job chopping and splitting wood when compared to an axe, a lousy job stopping threats when compared to a gun, and a lousy job doing anything else compared to a knife.

They're a fun toy, but no substitute for real tools.
As a person who has used a lagana (aka VTAC) tomahawk for several years... I tend to agree with bushflyr's comment.

A tomahawk can be a great weapon for battle.. just not much of a utility.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:49   #13
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An excellent choice if you live in a wooded area and expect to be on your own for survival. You probably would want some beyond entry level leatherman and a quality folder first.

Not a viable choice if you live in a desert area, the great plains or above the snow line.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:32   #14
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Selko said the Tomahawk was his favorite and go to tool. Never went anywhere without it.

YMMV.
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Old 05-11-2012, 13:50   #15
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I'd have to - strangely perhaps - agree with both Bushflyr and bdcochran on this. In the woods, a good tomahawk can be very effective; for defensive use, it would be far from my first choice. In the woods I'd prefer a normal hatchet over a tomahawk, but to be fair a tomahawk can still accomplish quite a bit.

That said, epsecially seeing as you already have a combat-oriented tomahawk, I could never see a 'need' for a second; but it doesn't always have to be about need. Sometimes "just because" is a good enough reason for a new purchase.


At least for me personally; my wife seems to feel differently about that. She didn't at all buy the "some of them are left-handed knives and some of them are right-handed knives" argument when she looked in the safe a while back.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I liked the "look" and watched the Patriot last week end and it got me thinking I guess...

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Several of my crew chiefs carried them in Iraq. Can be a very handy tool that can do most of the cutting/smashing chores you require.



I really want one to carry on my crash bag, but I just haven't found the tool I want. Probably going to break down and just order one of these

http://www.stanleytools.com/default....ty+Bar+-+30%22
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Old 05-11-2012, 23:21   #18
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Keep a CS trench hawk in my Jeep, never know when it'll come in handy.
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I have a trailhawk with the hammer back so I can use it for pounding stakes and nails. Came in handy a few times when I needed to have a flat pounding surface and I didn't have a hammer with me. As for the axe part, yeah, a full sized axe would do better but for light chopping and all around coolness, the tomahawk wins.

My buddy has the trench hawk, vicious looking weapon... but not very utilitarian when you need it, it's more like a dedicated weapon hawk.
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Name a handheld weapon that you would choose to stop a threat instead of a gun.
Your point?

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I personally don't see the need for one but as Quake said, you don't have to need something to buy it.
Hell, he can buy whatever he wants. Like I said above it's a cool toy. But, since he posted in the S&P forum, I gave my thoughts on it as a S&P tool

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I really want one to carry on my crash bag, but I just haven't found the tool I want. Probably going to break down and just order one of these..
Handle one of those before you buy. I've played with them just because they look so cool, but they are FREAKING HEAVY for what they are. They're also expensive and I couldn't really figure out anything that it could do better than a regular old cheapie crowbar. Honestly, do you need a board straightener in your BOB?

I picked up an 18" Eastwing prybar for ~20$ and it's been awesome. I used the crap out of it doing demo and construction and it held up pretty good. The only damage was I finally destroyed the nail notch by pounding it through nails and screws to shear them off the concrete forms. It's compact, light, cheap, and does an awesome job.

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My buddy has the trench hawk, vicious looking weapon... but not very utilitarian when you need it, it's more like a dedicated weapon hawk.
On that note one of the harder training groups reviewed hawks in general. (I don't recall where the write up was) The consensus was that a spike on the back posed just as much, if not more, danger to the wielder than his opponent. You could do some serious damage with a hawk, but for real fighting, a hammer back was a better choice. But overall a hawk was WAY down the list of HtH weapons.
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