Originally Posted by old corvus 41
Would say almost the same things about my Rifleman's Hawk. Except it did need some work on the edge at first. The Rifleman's Hawk is also well-built, I have taken it camping numerous times and used it around the yard. Neither the handle or head ever gave me any trouble. After putting a better edge on it the tomahawk has done very well in chopping and holding an edge. The weight 'n balance seem ok as well.
My point is that for the money that tomahawk costs, it would have to seriously out-perform lesser costing ones before it appeared to be a feasable investment. Far as Busse knives go, I have seen and used a couple. They have quality behind them and keep a good egde. Yet I own far less expensive knives that in my opionion would easily perform as well if not better than Busse knives. Thier 'infini' steel doesn't impress me that much. Honestly I think it's a lot about looks and names here and not quality.
The Trench Hawk you spoke of didn't impress me either. I wouldn't compare it to other Cold Steel products in the tomahawk line. Far as the Sog is concerned, I bought a couple of those Fast Hawk models and seem to find it necessary to resharpen them a lot. Maybe others feel different. Have a freind who swears by the Ontario hawks, yet I have no experience with them.
I hear that, the law of diminishing returns definitely kicks in once you get past a certain level of quality, and in some cases you get far more or less than you pay for. Plus, if you're looking for a tool first and a weapon second, it needs to be replaceable. Once I get my ESEE-6 (which is no Busse, but nor is it chump change for a broke college student
), it'll sit on my hip when I go backpacking, but at least one of my Moras will always be in my pack.
After a quick bit of Googling, I found that the SOG Fusion is made of 420 stainless steel, which I've never cared for. Cold Steel on the other hand uses 1055 Carbon for their blades, which holds an edge pretty well and is tough enough for most tomahawk-related tasks. Wally World has the Rifleman listed on their website - I'll take a look next time I'm over there.