According to American History the Native Americans were the first to use the tomahawk as a hunting utensil. The tomahawk has many functions and is very resourceful for a wide range of activities. It can be used in combat, as a self defence mechanism, and can be used to clear an area to build a campsite.
The tomahawk also serves as a survival and hunting tool. This tool has a similar design to an axe but it offers more abilities than an axe. The edge can cut and chop wood. The back, depending on the design of tomahawk you choose, can be used for hammering, digging holes, piercing and even breaking rocks. This article will review four of the top options available in tomahawks.
SOG Tomahawk Tactical Axe with Sheath
SOG manufacturers have presented a tool that is highly sought after by industrial clients, the US military, firefighters and even the law enforcement. The SOG tomahawk is known to have a champion like heart, even in the most unfavorable situations.
The SOG Specialty Tactical Tomahawk is an exceptional multipurpose tool for the outdoor enthusiast. It is slightly small and measures only 15.75 inches in length and weighs 24 ounces, making it easy to use and transport.
With a sturdy ballistic polymer anti-slip grip handle, users will experience optimum comfort. The ferrule, allows the handle to withstand heavy striking and the heavy duty bolts keeps the handle intact. To protect your tool from the elements a nylon sheath is provided.
This Tomahawk is one of the top choices for the US military. The F01T-N’s 420 stainless steel head boasts a 2.75 inch cutting edge that is covered with a black oxide that is scratch and rust-proof. The edge is known for its sharpness retention.
SOG Tomahawk Throwing Axe
SOG is well known for their throwing knives and same is the case with their tomahawks too. The FastHawk from SOG is a 12.5inch axe with a 2-inch blade and is one of the best tomahawks available. It weighs just over half a kilo and is the perfect one for those looking to get a great single-handed axe.
It is smaller in size than the regular tomahawks and is better suited for shorter people with smaller hands. The knife blade is made of 420 Stainless Steel with a black hardcase coating. The handle is made of fiberglass-reinforced nylon and comes with a steel ferrule which is to keep it protected from splitting.
FastHawk also comes with a nylon sheath for storing it safely. Since the product is from SOG, it has a lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and materials.
GERBER 31-002070 BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL HATCHET
The Gerber Bear Grylls hatchet is a resourceful tool when going on adventurous trips. Its full tang design offers incredible durability while it handles cutting, chopping, slicing, chipping, etching and even chiselling wood easily.
Its Polypropylene rubberized grip handle offers an exceptional secure hold for all types of working conditions. If you have sensitive skin you might want to wear gloves to avoid getting blisters.
With a total length of 9.46 inches, a weight of 20.8 ounces and a blade length of 3.5 inches, users are guaranteed the right size tool for their camping trips.
The blade is made of a durable high carbon steel that can withstand long hours of work with proper technique. Avoiding hitting rocks, and other metals will guarantee a longer sharpness retention.
Provided is a slim nylon sheath and pocket guide compliments of Bear Grylls. Make sure to read the Priorities for Survival which will benefit you and your hatchet.
United Cutlery UC 2765 M48 Hawk Axe
The United Cutlery UC 2764 Hawk Axe is very tactical and can be used for a number of different functions. It can chop, slash and cut wood and grass, it is especially helpful for clearing an area for a campsite.
With an 8 inch axe blade, its anodized AUS-6 stainless steel edge delivers excellent cutting performance. Both edges can be sharpened and it’s known for its sharpness retention. The second edge is extremely sharp, and hooks and make cuts accurately.
An ergonomic handle made of 30 percent fiberglass integrated with nylon is firmly fastened by 3 bolts, which guarantees remarkable safety and comfort. Do not throw the axe carelessly as it can cause injury or may break on impact.
Included is a nylon belt sheath with a snap-button, so you can attach the axe to side of your leg. It weighs 1 pound and 9 ounces, which is heavier than other models but it is still transportable and a great companion for any type of adverse situations.
Gerber Gator Combo Axe II
One of those much needed tools for the adventurous outdoor enthusiast is the Gerber Gator Axe II Combo. The package provides an axe and a handsaw that will make your camping more complete.
This axe boasts a forged steel head that supports a sharp cutting edge and hammer on the other side of the head. With this tool you can cut, chop, slice, split wood and hammer stakes into the ground.
Thanks to the long gator designed grip handle, there is an extra oomph when striking. When users grip the glass-filled nylon handle tightly, they will experience the amazing comfort of the Gerber’s Gator texture.
Also, provided is a saw that assists users in cutting off limbs that you cannot accomplish with the axe. Both tools complement each other well, as they are sturdy and lightweight enough to be carried around.
Included is a ballistic nylon sheath that holds both the saw and axe when attached to your leg. The downside is that this sheath does not protect the edges from the elements.
Cold Steel Trench Hawk Axe
This Cold Steel Trench Hawk Axe is a much bigger axe that extends 19 inches in total length and weighs 24 ounces making it transportable and easy to handle.
The axe shaped edge measures 3 ½ inches and the opposite side is designed like a spear head. It is made of a 5150 carbon steel that can handle heavy duty work like digging trench holes, bunkers and alleys; all while maintaining its sharpness.
A polypropylene handle, supports the head of this Tomahawk. It is designed to resist shock and impact, lasting longer than even the strongest wood handles. Plus, when it finally does wear out, it is easily and affordably replaced. However it does not have a textured grip, so be sure to hold on tight.
Included is a Secure-Ex sheath that is articulately designed to keep you safe from the dangerously sharp edges. It is well balanced and comes sharp. The only downside is that the blade can be difficult to remove and sharpen.
Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Woods Chogan T-Hawk Carbon Steel Axe
This Woods Chogan was designed by Ryan Johnson. A specialist in modern engineering for old weapons and tools.
Its design was inspired by the original Chogan Tactical Tomahawk. Great for splitting wood and whatever tasks you need to complete. You can even use it to build a log cabin.
It is made from a solid piece of 1055 carbon steel. This steel has been hot forged, giving it a rock solid head, with a hammer finish. The hammer head is great for securing nails and tent pegs.
Primary and Secondary bevelled edges are ground flat and help this tomahawk to slice through the wood easily. However, the sharpness retention leaves much to be desired.
Made from Tennessee hickory wood, the handle is thick and durable. It offers users a comfortable grip and contains a coat of lacquer for additional durability.
Unfortunately no sheath is included, if you want a sheath you will need to make an additional purchase.