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Old 05-13-2012, 23:04   #26
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Yep, that's why I chose the more versatile trail hawk versus the spikey Trench hawk or even the SOG vietnam hawk.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:39   #27
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To the op:
As others have mentioned, the trail hawk or similar.

If you don't really need the hammer, a machete or kukri may be more practical for s/d and as a tool. (A machete is also pretty cheap)

Please post up whatever you decide on....doesn't have to be practical....buying cool stuff is fun.....Good luck!
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:34   #28
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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   #29
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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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Old 05-17-2012, 05:51   #30
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I don't carry this in my bug out bag, but on trips I keep it in the truck. It's called the Trucker's Friend. I found it at a truck stop for about $40.

I have used it quite a bit. It's quite sharp. The version I have is basically all chrome.

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Old 05-17-2012, 07:27   #31
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The reason frontiersmen carried tomahawks was because muzzle loading firearms were one shot, slow to reload and somewhat unreliable. That doesn't apply these days. One never hears of anyone using a tomahawk for self defense. In fact I bet you would have a hard time finding anyone, even in Iraq or Afghanistan who have actually used one for that purpose. They are cool and romantic but not very practical.

I would venture to say the more people are killed with regular old claw hammers than tomahawks these days.

Be that as it may, a modern equivalent of a hawk might just be a shingler's hammer, brick hammer, a dry wall hammer, rigger's axe or carpenters axe all of which are available at any big box hardware stores.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:01   #32
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...shingler's hammer, brick hammer, a dry wall hammer, rigger's axe or carpenters axe all of which are available at any big box hardware stores.
If considering for vehicle carry, a sheetrock hammer:
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(especially an old, used one; maybe from a pawn shop), or roofing hammer, the Trucker's Friend, or even an old "official girl scout hatchet" may put a person in a much better place legally/civilly than carrying - and especially using - something sold as a "tactical war-hawk" or such.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:08   #33
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I started carrying one in the car for places that are not really "gun" friendly:

http://sogknives.com/store/F01T-N.html

I find that this particular one is easy to conceal, handles well, and is a great defense weapon (if you know how to use it). I suggest a lanyard of some type if ungloved.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:24   #34
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I don't carry this in my bug out bag, but on trips I keep it in the truck. It's called the Trucker's Friend. I found it at a truck stop for about $40.

I have used it quite a bit. It's quite sharp. The version I have is basically all chrome.

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All chromed out? Are you a rapper?
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Old 05-17-2012, 15:21   #35
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I bought a hand made hawk from a young fellow at a local gun show. It was made here in Missouri and was top quality construction. Stays in the safe, but it's more than capable if the need came along. He demonstrated it by cutting 16 penny nails with no marks or nicks to the blade. Scroll down to the Woodsman

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Old 05-17-2012, 18:55   #36
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Here this has everything you want with the added benefit of the ability to put on a roof.

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Old 05-17-2012, 21:31   #37
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The reason frontiersmen carried tomahawks was because muzzle loading firearms were one shot, slow to reload and somewhat unreliable. That doesn't apply these days. One never hears of anyone using a tomahawk for self defense. In fact I bet you would have a hard time finding anyone, even in Iraq or Afghanistan who have actually used one for that purpose. They are cool and romantic but not very practical.


While not extremely popular, there have been atleast a few casualties due to tomahawks in the OIF/OEF deployment.


Hadji, dislikes hawks more than he dislikes pistols.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:32   #38
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They are fun to throw at targets.

I used to be a fair hand at double bit axe throwing matches and have thrown tomahawks as well, though never in competition as there was never a catagory for them in my state.
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Old 06-03-2012, 17:34   #39
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Well I picked up the trench hawk cause well I like the looks.

BUT in light of some of the other comments I ran across this today in Home Depot. It was 30$.

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Old 06-03-2012, 18:12   #40
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Well I picked up the trench hawk cause well I like the looks.


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Let us know how it holds up. That they're selling replacement handles on the same page as the 'hawk doesn't bode well for durability.
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Old 06-03-2012, 18:52   #41
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That they're selling replacement handles on the same page as the 'hawk doesn't bode well for durability.
The reason they sell replacement handles is most people that buy hawks throw them. Nothing to do with general use durability.
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Old 06-03-2012, 19:32   #42
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The PBC-1, a "slight" variation to the Tomahawk... with a side of crash axe...and dash of last ditch defensive weapon.
6 3/4" black 1095 carbon steel head, 7 1/2" overall, skeletonized handle, G-10 scales, lanyard, MOLLE compatible Kydex sheath. Made in U.S.A.

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I actually have an Estwing 16" campers axe.
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Old 07-14-2012, 16:14   #43
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It's not a fair comparison really. Each tool has it's own purpose and abilities. A knife can do things a Hatchet/Tomahawk or Gun cannot and vice versa. A charging bear...gun wins; cutting firewood...hatchet/tomahawk wins; cutting rope or preparing meals...knife wins. Best thing in my mind is to have one of each

In a survival situation if I could only have one tool for the job I'd take a solidly built Tactical Tomahawk. Better striking ability, more force for chopping or breaking, and much better for digging when needed.

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Old 11-13-2012, 22:54   #44
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Kind of an old thread, but I plan to get one of these soon.

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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, 00:05   #46
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My dad had one of these and a tail goes with it. I looked for years to find one of my own of the same brand.

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A couple of years ago I got into the classic outdoor books and found the "Nessamuk" type to put in my saddle bag, along with the knife. the gun rides on my hip of course.

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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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Old 11-15-2012, 23:21   #48
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I am very weight concerned when it comes to packing tools. I pack a ax with the hammer head on one side and the ax on the other. It is lighter than any thing you can buy, such as a dry wall hammer or camping ax. The truckers ax looks like a beast to pack. It looks like it could be used to break in to Fort Knox.

I use mine for driving stakes in to the ground. Cutting tent poles, wood for the fire and many other things that has to be chopped.

I know that a bigger or true ax would work better, but I don't want to have to carry one in my pack.

As to using one for self defense. I would be better off throwing rocks at some one. The same thing goes for a knife for me. I'm just not very good with one. I use it to skin stuff and cut stuff. That is one reason I don't buy big knives. For what I use them for a small one will do the trick.

We all use tools in a manner we learned weather it was from use or some one showed us how to do some thing. We have not all had the same teacher or learned the same way. We have all had different lives. That is what makes each of us look at things in a different way. It don't mean that I am wrong or that you are. It means that we just don't want to get our bags mixed up.

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I am very weight concerned when it comes to packing tools. I pack a ax with the hammer head on one side and the ax on the other. It is lighter than any thing you can buy, such as a dry wall hammer or camping ax. The truckers ax looks like a beast to pack. It looks like it could be used to break in to Fort Knox.

I use mine for driving stakes in to the ground. Cutting tent poles, wood for the fire and many other things that has to be chopped.

I know that a bigger or true ax would work better, but I don't want to have to carry one in my pack.

As to using one for self defense. I would be better off throwing rocks at some one. The same thing goes for a knife for me. I'm just not very good with one. I use it to skin stuff and cut stuff. That is one reason I don't buy big knives. For what I use them for a small one will do the trick.

We all use tools in a manner we learned weather it was from use or some one showed us how to do some thing. We have not all had the same teacher or learned the same way. We have all had different lives. That is what makes each of us look at things in a different way. It don't mean that I am wrong or that you are. It means that we just don't want to get our bags mixed up.


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