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Old 01-19-2012, 03:43 PM
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So, I am going to buy a tomahawk and have narrowed my choices down to 3 Cold Steel hawks.

The Trail Hawk


The Rifleman Hawk


and the Pipe Hawk


Right now I am leaning towards the Pipe Hawk. The Trail seems too light, and the Rifleman seems to heavy. I plan on trying it out as part of my camping/backpacking/BOB gear.

Does anybody have any experience with any of these?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Old 01-19-2012, 04:18 PM
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If you type Cold Steel Tomahawks into the search feature you will get back 48 threads devoted to them.

They are cheap to buy, fairly well made and an actual hatchet will work better at everything except make you feel like Mel Gibson in The Patriot.

If you're going to attend rendezvous, look at the hawks that real smiths hand make for just a litle more money.
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With any of these understand this, they all need a lot of work before they are a good tool. You'll need a good axe file as they don't come with a good profile or edge, you'll need sand paper for the handle to make it fir properly and you'll need to ditch the set screw as it is a joke. I own and use the trailhawk and like it a lot, light and handy I discovered that I prefered a shorter handle like what I have on my hatchets so I shortened to 17".
Of course your experience may vary with handle length.
The rifleman is heavy and I wouldn't consider it just because I can carry a full size axe for the same heft.
The pipe hawk I haven't handled.
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I got my two buddies a trail hawk and a rifleman's hawk. I got myself the cold steel axe gang hatchet. The hatchet seems to be the best all around in my opinion, but the handle can not be removed (i.e you couldn't remove the head to make another tool or replace the handle if it broke). Rifleman's hawk is heavy, trail hawk is a little to light. Axe Gang Hatchet FTW!!!
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I have had both the trail hawk and the riflemans hawk, and the trail hawk is very well balanced for the length of handle and weight. The riflemans hawk handle is too short for the heft of the head.
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I went ahead and ordered the pipe hawk. I will report back when it comes in.

Thanks to all for your advice.
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I have the Rifleman..Realy like it, it is on heavy side. You'll probably want to drill an extra anchor through head or lash below head..they like to slip.
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I have a pipe hawk and love it. The factory edge sucks on it tho. I plan on using it for small camp chores.
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I have the Cold Steel Frontier Hawk, it's not part of your list, but thats the only hawk I could find here.

It's very well made, a bit dull, but I don't like my axes very sharp, because I bend their edge. The handle is very long, which I like. Half of it has tape on it for better grip.

I already own Fiskars small axe for camp chores, but the CS hawk is better for fighting, because I can hold it with both hands.

I am yet to use it extensively, but so far I like it and if I have to choose between CS hawk and Fiskars hatchet I think I will choose the hawk, because is more versatile (camp work and fighting) tool.
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I have the riflemans hawk. Mine came from the factory sharp and perfect. I use it for my loggersports team, camping, hiking and pretty much everything I do outside. Its a bit on the heavy side but I find it better for loggersports and I dont notice that much of a difference. I actually need to get a second cause when I'm throwing in a competition its a huge pain to keep walking to the target and back.
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I have the Cold Steel Frontier Hawk, it's not part of your list, but thats the only hawk I could find here.

It's very well made, a bit dull, but I don't like my axes very sharp, because I bend their edge.
Excuse my ignorance, but what does it mean when you say "bend their edge"?
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the trail hawks are nice , I work them over and sell them to the rendezvous crowd , but i carry a Caywood belt axe from Caywood rifle makers , bit lighter but quite handy for field work , like dressing game and light camp chores pounding stakes chopping kindling ect...
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Excuse my ignorance, but what does it mean when you say "bend their edge"?
Sorry, not sure if I used the right word. My english sucks when trying to explain technical things.

I want to say that couple of times when I was using very sharp axe like Fiskars (it came shaving sharp) , the very top of the edge in some areas was not straight, but facing left or right, after the job was finished. It wasn't broken, but I felt crap.
So I had to use a diamond sharpener to remove the ruined parts. They were so tiny, almost not visible, but when trying to cut a paper one could feel that the edge was not straight.
After that camping trip the axe got a bit dull after all the chopping, but I never tried to make it so sharp again. Prefer it to be duller, but with stronger edge.
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I think he means blunt the edge.
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Wife loves the Trail Hawk... I prefer the Pipe Hawk. Riflemans is too heavy...
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I have the norse hawk, the trail hawk and the riflemans hawk of the three the norse hawk is my favorite.
I have a friend that cut the poll of off his riflemans hawk and he said it really improved the handling characteristics of the hawk.
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I am anxiously awaiting my Pipe Hawk. Of course, I opted for free shipping which apparently means via mule train....
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I am anxiously awaiting my Pipe Hawk. Of course, I opted for free shipping which apparently means via mule train....
LOL it's only been a few days Atticus, patience! And give us lots of pictures when she arrives!
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Cold Steel Hawks are great for the money. Not everyone can afford a custom hand forged hawk. The Cold Steel's are great if your on a budget or just starting out. You don't want to spend a ton on your first one until you get the hang of it although I have saw some people out there using there cold steels pretty seriously. There's a lot of mods out there that people have done to them that you can check out. I like the Trail Hawk best but either would be a great choice.
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They are fun to work on. I did a set for Christmas presents this year.

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