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Hello, friends. I first saw this thing online somewhere about a year or so ago, and it immediately grabbed my attention... I decided then and there that I wanted one, and now I've finally got one.

Now I'm in love with this thing, but it's not for everyone.

Pros:
Solid, heavy duty construction. SK5 steel, this thing is made to last.

Comes shaving sharp from the factory, if you grab it from right behind the axe head, it offers excellent control and can be used almost like a knife. It has a longer cutting edge (nearly 6 inches) than any other tomahawk I know of, which has the benefit of causing a larger cut/wound that reduces the chances of getting stuck.

The point on the back is not very dangerous to the wielder, but that thing brutally penetrates/breaks hard materials with minimal effort. I believe it can be used to break iron bars and padlocks, concrete, glass etc.

Top of the axe head can be used a chisel or fine cutting edge, can also be used to pry with.

Works like a hook to pick things up with, grab weapons, etc., it can be hung just about anywhere, the axe beard in the belt is a very comfortable way to carry it, can also be hooked onto a bag strap, backpack, etc.

The forward-angled handle and convex cutting edge projects tremendous force into an object, similar to certain Indian war clubs.

Sheath covers the cutting edge well.

Can be used with one (if you're strong enough) or both hands.

From the videos I've seen, it chops wood well (some issues with splitting), it throws extremely well and can be used as an entrenching tool.

(I'm stuck in the city for the forseeable future, no time to go out to the country to test it in the woods. Maybe I'll try to pick up a fresh coconut or two from a street seller to test it with...)

Cons:

Price is a bit high, but the quality is undeniable. I paid about $120 US to get it here. (Very steep for me).

The scales: the handle is well designed, but the scales could be a bit thicker to provide a little more comfort for users with larger hands. I'm considering wrapping it in paracord or maybe making some wood scales for it.

Weight: full-tang SK5 construction doesn't exactly make for light weight.
If you are not physically fit, forget about using this thing as a defensive weapon.
It is fast and controllable with a two-handed grip, but a one-handed grip requires holding it from a higher point on the handle to control it well, so I do not think it is well suited to the classic knife+tomahawk fighting style.

Conclusion:
I have no regrets about buying this, I love it.
For me, the pros outweigh the cons by far.
It would make a great rescue tool for emergencies, a great urban survival tool, a good, but not excellent bushcraft tool, and an awesome zombie chopper/defensive weapon for those fit to wield it.

In closing, It's not the best at everything, but it does everything pretty well.

That's the compromise one makes when you have a multitool instead of a tool box.

Good enough for me.

Thank you all for your time.

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This thing is great for coconuts.

The point on the back makes nice little holes to drain the juice (for peeled coconuts), then you can just split it in half to get the fruit.

It's also an excellent tool in the kitchen, I prepared a chicken stew the other day using nothing but the Tomahook.
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Thanks for the review. I love the bearded design and was planning on picking one up.

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what is the weight and thickness, also are the scales rivited or can they be removed? (screws)
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what is the weight and thickness, also are the scales rivited or can they be removed? (screws)
Construction and Specs

- 1095 steel (.1875 thick)
- 5.75 primary cutting edge
- 18.5 OAL
- 5.625 Width
- .625 Thick (handle) G10 Material


Weight: 1.8 lbs.

Panels have screws in them, should be removable.
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Its cool but I am a traditionalist. Bought a Rifleman, Frontier and Pipehawk in November from Cold Steel.
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Nice!

Have you used it on hardwoods? How does it do?
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