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Any Tomahawk Fans Out There?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Anthony, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. Anthony

    Anthony Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    After a little study and some sparring at my Modern Arnis class I am beginning to think that the tomahawk makes a great weak handed weapon when used in conjunction with a bladed one simultaneously.

    Any tomahawk fans around?

    What do you love about them?

    What are your favorite sources for practice as well as live tomahawks?

    - Anthony
     
  2. Gary H

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    You bet.. The U.S. military is about to use them.
     
  3. D.W. Drang

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    I can't help myself, I keep trying to figure out how to justify spending the money on a Viet Nam style tomahawk to LSW...
    Anyone carry one of those? Anyone USE one, or know someone who did?
    (I have a bad feeling, coming into THIS thread from the Tall Tales thread over in Black Powder... :D )
     
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    Yup, I have several. but my favorite has to be the Riflemans Tomahawk from Cold Steel. throw nice, has great penetration, and when you add the langettes and sharpen the "hook" on the lower side of the head, makes a pretty fair H-To H weapon.
    RMJ Makes a nice looking onebut its awfull pricey for its size and it just plain look breakable / bendable. One of my close friends has one. He's afraid to play with it. Good luck and watch out for the recovery aspect of your swings.....


    David Reeves
     
  6. ChuteTheMall

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    The tomahawk makes a great strong hand weapon, with the long knife relegated to the weaker hand. Undoubtedly heavier than the knife, it takes strength to wield, and to arrest momentum if you miss with a slash. Whether you wanted to split firewood or skulls one handed, you would use the strong hand. The sharpness & lighter weight of the long knife make it still fast and deadly in the weaker hand, but the heavier hawk would lose some of its advantage there. It's more formidible than the knife.

    Dwight McLemore's School of Two Swords offers historic tomahawk & knife training, seminars, etc.

    Holding the hawk halfway up the shaft facilitates slashing in close quarters, retention, and blocking, or holding it farther down the shaft maximizes leverage. The hawk offers more than just one sharp edge, there is the hook below the head for trapping, the hammer (or poll, pipe, or spike) opposite from the edge for smashing or thrusting, the tip on top for thrusting & blocking, and even the bottom end of the handle can be thrust. Even the lightest hawks are heavy enough that the flat side of the head makes a formidable club. It can strike in any direction, which also makes it pretty dangerous to the user.

    And it chops firewood better than a sword! :D
     
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    Although I'm not at all a fan of edged weapons for self defense... as a result of spending quite a bit of time with people who used them... I do like the hawk for throwing and fun and have thrown hawks for most of my life. They are a handy tool in the woods as well. And, I like my Cold Steel hawks very well.
     
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    Jerry Fisk makes a nice working hawk. Compact, fast and the S30v steel sharpens up like a razor. Very nice.
     
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    I love cruise missles! :D
     
  11. Watchman

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    The hawk offers more than just one sharp edge, there is the hook below the head for trapping, the hammer (or poll, pipe, or spike) opposite from the edge for smashing or thrusting, the tip on top for thrusting & blocking, and even the bottom end of the handle can be thrust. Even the lightest hawks are heavy enough that the flat side of the head makes a formidable club. It can strike in any direction, which also makes it pretty dangerous to the user.

    Here is a picture of one that fits that description.

    I can attest to the fact that the serrated edge will draw blood as it did when I knocked it from my workbench on to the top of my foot.:what: MAN that hurt !Warhawk
     
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