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Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Cwlongshot, May 11, 2012.

  1. I'll wager most will show you how to open a beer with one.
  2. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    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.
    Last edited: May 13, 2012

  3. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    There are wood tool axes, and there are war axes.

    Tomahawk is definitely "in the middle" I'd think the "in the middle" axe I'd want/like does not exist: Heavy enough for woodwork, balanced enough for war...

    It's a light single hand war axe that CAN be used for other duties, IMO.

    But let's definitely don't be confused - after a lot of Okinawin Kobudo, I would definitely put a hurt on you with one...or a lot of goofy things ranging from a big stick to my belt.

    For the skilled person, with the right axe, I'd say it would be a great choice. Don't know that many of the "right" tomahawks exist...
    Last edited: May 13, 2012
  4. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY

    Here's my favorite hawk--a hand forged hammer poll hawk from Beaver Bill Keeler. It sharpens up wonderfully with a file and a DMT stone. Will cut all the kindling or tent poles you could ever want. Pound in the pegs or hammer in some nails. Very versatile.

    The beautiful thing about a tomahawk from a S&P perspective is the friction fit handle. If you break the handle its no big deal to fashion another using nothing more than a pocket knife.
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
  5. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    Wow, that is gorgeous. I still stand by my previous assertion, particularly regarding spike hawks, but I would definitely be proud to own that. :thumbsup:
  6. Yep, that's why I chose the more versatile trail hawk versus the spikey Trench hawk or even the SOG vietnam hawk.
  7. Tim808


    Dec 8, 2005
    Pearl City, Hawaii
    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!
  8. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    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.
  9. BMH

    BMH Lifetime Member

    Feb 26, 2007
  10. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    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.

  11. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    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.
    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  12. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    If considering for vehicle carry, a sheetrock hammer:

    (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.
  13. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    I started carrying one in the car for places that are not really "gun" friendly:

    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.
  14. All chromed out? Are you a rapper?:whistling:
  15. Carry16


    Sep 7, 2004
    SW Missouri
    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
  16. auto-5


    Nov 13, 2011
    Here this has everything you want with the added benefit of the ability to put on a roof.

  17. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)

    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.
  18. sebecman


    Jun 13, 2008
    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.
  19. Cwlongshot


    May 31, 2011
    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$.


  20. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

    Feb 18, 2009
    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.