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Old 06-07-2011, 05:59 AM
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Greetings,

I am growing into a big tomahawk lover. I carry a Cold Steel Trench Hawk with me while hunting as a backup and actually had to use it recently to finish off a wild hog when my shot didn't kill it and the gun jammed and I didn't bring a backup handgun. I'm in the beginning stages of planning/making a personalized tomahawk as a father-son project.

Anyway, the point of this thread is to ask if anyone has ever gotten their hands on an original-issue Vietnam Tomahawk and if anyone has any leads on places to look to obtain one. I'd like to have one for the historical factor but have not so much as seen one in person or known anyone who has had one.
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Greetings,

I am growing into a big tomahawk lover. I carry a Cold Steel Trench Hawk with me while hunting as a backup and actually had to use it recently to finish off a wild hog when my shot didn't kill it and the gun jammed and I didn't bring a backup handgun. I'm in the beginning stages of planning/making a personalized tomahawk as a father-son project.

Anyway, the point of this thread is to ask if anyone has ever gotten their hands on an original-issue Vietnam Tomahawk and if anyone has any leads on places to look to obtain one. I'd like to have one for the historical factor but have not so much as seen one in person or known anyone who has had one.
I've never even heard of one. Is it a tomahawk made in Vietnam or was is it an American made item issued to our soldiers who fought there?
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I've never even heard of one. Is it a tomahawk made in Vietnam or was is it an American made item issued to our soldiers who fought there?
All I know is they were designed by the late Peter LaGana and used by select U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. There were reportedly 4,000 units made and distributed to U.S. soldiers between 1966-1970 before he shut down his business. American Tomahawk currently makes quality replicas,but i'd like an original.

They looked like this
http://images.outdoorpros.com/images...7698-22458.jpg
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Here we go again. I never saw one during 1966,67 or 68 while in the resort area Vietnam.
Had enough stuff to care as it was.

just a couple

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...etnam+Tomahawk

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my dad was in vietnam in 69 and 70 and he said he only saw one guy that ever had one....and wanted one ever since
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I held one
I begged the owner to sell it to me (my boss)

They are very rare but I will tell you

They are light feel good and solid in the hand
Steel not aluminum

Also no back spike its a simple hardened throwing hatchet.

My boss said he got it from an employee of his (necklace of ears kinda guy)

Light, small, steel, throwing hatchet, one piece of metal, slightly curved surface, feels light and can travel ten feet with a flick of the wrist

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I'm interested in a good and affordable tomahawk now too...can you suggest some other options. I saw a united cutlery tomahawk at a knife store on Thursday, all black, light, plastic handle. http://budk.com/Outdoor-Sports/Unite...h-Nylon-Sheath Is that model junk?

Your cold steel model looks awesome! http://www.coldsteel.com/trench-hawk.html
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Try Ebay. I saw an original Vietnam Tomahawk there. It was priced at $3500. I believe there is a company also found on Ebay that sells a clone of it for about $150 (?). They make two types one with a metal handle and one with a wood handle.
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