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Tomahawk Recommendation

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by 9mmepiphany, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Due to an odd quirt in CA law. while a fixed bladed knife can only be carried openly on the belt, the blade length of a folder is completely unregulated by state law....however, county ordinances then come into play in metropolitan areas.

    A interesting point was brought to my attention during a recent CQ shooting class...that carrying a tomahawk is basically unregulated in the state. The instructor actually teaches a class in Combat Tomahawk...it uses the same 12 cuts as combat knives.

    I was wondering if this forum's collective wisdom has some recommendations, based on experience as opposed to appearance or hype, as to what to look for in a weapon, if I should decide to pursue this form of combat training
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Them ones The Vikings TV series are using looks pretty effective to me!!

    I wants me one of them!!

    Course, I probably should have started training with a hawk or short ax 65 years ago when I was 4 years old, like the Viking & American Indian kids did!!

    On the other hand?
    I got a shingling hatchet stuck in a tree stump once.
    And had to go get tools from the shed to get it out.

    That right there would put a screeching stop to things in a real life or death fight.

    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  3. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    I have seen quite a few different ones in some of the knife catalogs from Kenasaw Cutlery ect. Some of them may be what your looking for. Some of the better tool companys make hatchets & axes. My favorite is Estwing. They have a number to choose from. I have a 26" Campers ax that is a great tool or weapon. It is to big for general carry but they make 3 smaller models. I would get a cheap ax or hatchet to start with for throwing but make sure it is similar in weight &shape to your good one . Good luck & be careful axes & hatchets bounce! Have fun!
  4. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    I'd like the cutting edge to be at least 3" deep and 2" wide. The Troy Christianson tomahawk I reviewed here is an excellent size, at 4.5 and 3". It's too much to carry around daily, though! :D
  5. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

  6. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Troy is a member here and is an amazing craftsmen.

    I played with hawks many year ago, decided I didn't want to get that close.
  7. glistam

    glistam Well-Known Member

    I was actually a bit skeptical of that legal pronouncement, but on review of the CA Penal code, I believe it is correct. That's rather surprising, but awesome! Of course one must remain wary of what I call "McGuigans," which are cops who have poor or erroneous understanding of weapon carry laws and will try to confiscate your stuff or even falsely arrest you anyway. I heard from a kid in CA who got his crowbar taken away because he made the mistake of saying he had it to fend off unleashed dogs (he'd been bit the week before)

    Anyhow, I like the Fox hunter's axe. Ok technically it's a handaxe not a tomahawk but functionally very good and will do the job. Superb ergonomics and razor sharp. http://www.agrussell.com/fox-knives-roman-style-hunters-axe/p/DE-682/

    I like the Rifleman's Hawk by Cold Steel as well because of the hammer head.
  8. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

  9. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    I'd get a cheaper Cold Steel one, my trailhawk came DULL from the factory, but I have beat it up pretty good and hasen't chipped or rolled on me, it is just way to dull to be anything but an impact tool (can hardly cut paper).

    If it did get unlawfully confiscated, your out $35, not $100+..... wonder if Alabama is open to tomahawks... I just made one...
  10. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    I've always been facinated by the old Vietnam Tomahawk design by Peter LaGana. There are a couple of companies making reproductions of this design, including Cold Steel and the American Tomahawk Company. There are also even more companies that make various interperetations of the modern "tactical" tomahawk, which range in price from $30 imports to custom blades costing several hundred dollars. I believe these weapons have a certain amount of popularity with the troops in the middle east, although I think most of them are used more often as breaching tools than CQC weapons.
  11. sidheshooter

    sidheshooter Well-Known Member

  12. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    I have wondered about the origins and usefulness or the Ontario SPAX? The blade and tool cutouts for gas valves and hydrants make sense but the sharp downward curve of the spike doesn't seem good for much.
    What kind of steel and is it any good?

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Cold Steel Hawks can be made shaving sharp. Their a lot of information on these on u tube
  14. wrc

    wrc Well-Known Member

    I've chopped through two logs with this http://www.sogknives.com/tactical-tomahawk-black.html, split some wood, and cleared branches off of plenty of brush. I got it on sale two months ago for $22. It's currently going for $45 or so now.

    As far as a fighting tomahawk, it lacks an inward draw point on the head, but has a forward swept thrust point.

    I touched up the edge after hacking at the logs, easily improving the edge as shipped. Unlike the two CS tomahawks I've used, it did not immediately loosen and fall apart when used on wood.

    If nothing else, it works as a woodcraft tool. It would work well as a weapon, but is not quite as fast as my ATC Lagana.
  15. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I've got the hawk WRC linked to. It lives in my bug out bag, but it is a pretty decent and handy little thing.

    I've also, somewhere, got a Cold Steel Norse 'hawk, which I also used as a general purpose camp axe, that could be used as a SD tool in a pinch.

    That is about the extent of my experience with the tomahawk. I'm learning a bit of modern Arnis from a friend, and he thinks the SOG hawk would be a pretty good weapon in that style, possibly paired up with a good fighting fixed blade.

    As an aside, I made a pseudo war hammer out of an old rail spike, and I'd use that in a SD situation pver wither of the 'hawks.
  16. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Ok here goes my $.02:
    I live in Cali for the last 47 years (with an 6 year hiatus) and watched it , like New Jersey before that go down the toilet.:fire: I have never had a run in with the law and was a reserve LEO many of those years until a few years ago being put out to pasture with no retirement creds :cuss:
    So no Cali CCW anymore :uhoh:
    What I will share is I carry a Gerber small hatchet in my Roadking saddle bag figuring it would be better than an outlaw biker's ball peen hammer ;)and yes I know how to use it from years of weapon training . I even actually had a Tomahawk in VN , which few actually did. I found that a normal small hatchet is more useful in the real world and probably about as effective in a fight.Certainly rather have my small Gerber hatchet than my 7" bladed Darrel Ralph Ti folder which I do carry when in biker drag, actually one in eachhand would really be nice ;)

    One like this:
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  17. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member


    THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR Well-Known Member

    I also have the SOG tomahawk that WRC linked. I used it quite a bit overseas as a tool and it worked very well, easy to sharpen and it never loosened up. I never had to use it as a weapon fortunately, so I can't speak to it's usefulness there.
  19. Okiegunner

    Okiegunner Well-Known Member


    Howe's Knife Shop is having a closeout on their 2 Hawks Tomahawks line.

    They have sold out of several of the models (Warbeast, Voyager, large axe) but still have a couple left.

    I already own a "Warbeast" and last night ordered a "Woodsman" from them.

    6150 Vanadium spring steel and hand forged with a 25 year warranty. Free S/H and 20% off right now.

    I'm not trying to sound like an advertisement for anyone (I'm a customer). These are some really nice hawks at a decent price with a good warranty.
  20. wrc

    wrc Well-Known Member

    Thinking on this part a bit more, I'd really have to recommend the ATC LaGana as the shape and size you should be looking at. That works far better as a weapon than the SOG I mentioned earlier.

    One key advantage is the lighter head and shorter handle. It is faster by far than the SOG.

    The other advantage is the lower point (beveled/sharpened on the face and underside of the head). I like the SOG with its better forward point that can be used to thrust, but if I had to pick I'd go with the ATC every time. Drawing and hooking are just too darn effective.

    If you're looking for a pure weapon, something the with the weight, size and head geometry of the ATC is what I'd suggest.

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