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Anyone seen the new Benchmade Tomahawk? It is a bit on the pricey side, but it looks very impressive.

Was wondering if anyone has thoughts regarding Tomahawks in general, and could provide their favorite comparatively speaking (benchmade vs American Tomahawk vs SOG etc).
 

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SOG's tomahawks use cheap steel, but are really good for the money if you are wanting one for throwing. Overall, they're pretty durable; the connection between the handle and the head is pretty strong. Good for fun, but bad for utility because of the blade steel.

Benchmade's tomahawk is a great all-around tomahawk with a good combination of quality/construction, and price. It's ergonomic and great for throwing, utility, etc.

Another great tomahawk is the American VTAC. It's priced reasonably, is made from good steel, and is pretty much indestructable.

One of the ultimate tactical tomahawks is the RMJ Tactical. It's a full tang tomahawk with G10 scale handles, great steel that's differentially heat-treated, and is actually used by our troops. It will cost you an arm and a leg though (literally, if you're not careful!)

Are you looking at getting a tomahawk? If so, what's your intended purpose? Tomahawks are not ideal tools at all for your average person/camper/hiker. Tomahawks excel when you put them in the hands of a soldier, where they can be used for combat, breaching, penetrating many tough surfaces, breaking glass, etc.

However, they aren't very good for your everyday person. They aren't ideal for camping; they're pretty much half way between a knife and a hatchet. Not best at cutting firewood, but also not very good for cutting things with precision. The average person also probably won't ever be in the situation where they will actually use a tactical tomahawk for combat. And you definitely shouldn't be buying one so you can break into buildings! :xeye:

Tomahawks are a great buy if you're looking for something fun to throw that you can also keep in your car for emergency situations such as car accidents. Some people might even find them to be useful for backpacking. I definitely don't reccomend shelling out $500 for the RMJ unless you are about to be deployed, but if you're just looking for a fun, multipurpose tool to have laying around, take a look at the Benchmade or the American.
 

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Also try united cutlery they have a real good one and cold steele. Depending on whqt u want it for. Camping or hiking id grab the riflemans hawk from cold steele heard some good things about it.
 

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"Are you looking at getting a tomahawk? If so, what's your intended purpose? Tomahawks are not ideal tools at all for your average person/camper/hiker. Tomahawks excel when you put them in the hands of a soldier, where they can be used for combat, breaching, penetrating many tough surfaces, breaking glass, etc."

I am looking for a good tomahawk to put with my "Go Bag". There is a lot of talk on here regarding good knives to have when the SHTF, but I was thinking as a personal defense weapon, I'd take a tomahawk over a knife. Seems like an excellent addition to the personal arsenal. Not only that, but the Tomahawk is an American Weapon with a long pedigree. So short answer long, I'd probably buy it and spend a lot of time looking at it, and hopefully never need to use it. Thanks for the reply. :thumb:
 

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This topic comes up almost weekly, try searching.

RMJ Tactical is the best for tactical applications, not for camping.

Camping, I would go with an Eastwing or Wetterlings (sp).
 

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I'll give my 2 cents...
If value and pricing are a concern I suggest the Cold Steel TrenchHawk- think SOG but tougher. I prefer the polymer handle and the way it attaches compared to the traditional hawks.
I like the RMJ hawks but WAY too pricey especially considering Tomahawks really excel at nothing. For camping a regular hatchet is better, so for self-defense in a SHTF scenario OK sure but a machete is a better option. I like Tomahawks cause they are just plain cool looking and if presented at a knife fight will cause your enemy to have second thoughts.
 

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"Are you looking at getting a tomahawk? If so, what's your intended purpose? Tomahawks are not ideal tools at all for your average person/camper/hiker. Tomahawks excel when you put them in the hands of a soldier, where they can be used for combat, breaching, penetrating many tough surfaces, breaking glass, etc."

I am looking for a good tomahawk to put with my "Go Bag". There is a lot of talk on here regarding good knives to have when the SHTF, but I was thinking as a personal defense weapon, I'd take a tomahawk over a knife. Seems like an excellent addition to the personal arsenal. Not only that, but the Tomahawk is an American Weapon with a long pedigree. So short answer long, I'd probably buy it and spend a lot of time looking at it, and hopefully never need to use it. Thanks for the reply. :thumb:
Honestly, that's a perfectly good reason to buy one, if you've got the spare cash laying around.

I kind of cringe when I see people buying expensive tactical tomahawks to go camping or backpacking. They're just really not very good tools for that particular purpose. Don't get me wrong, they will do the job. But they lack the heft of a small axe, and the precision of a fixed blade knife.

As far as keeping one around as a backup weapon, emergency tool, or similar purpose, you can't go wrong with a good quality 'hawk. Plus, they're SUPER fun to throw! :D:
 

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My boss literally has an original vietnam tomahawk... I begged him to let me buy it off him. He wouldn't budge.

any civilian makers make something along those lines.
Small and under 3 pounds
 

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The problem with the hawks you buy, is they are too light it is better to get a camp ax like a Gerber or a kershaw or even a a $10.00 Coleman from Walmart or make your own!
 

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Personally I think what you might really prefer is what is called a "Belt Ax" Think of it as a combination/blending of a Tomahawk and a hatchet. It has a Tomahawk style handle and a hatchet style head.

http://bill-hay.com/Ax/Ax.htm

The middle one in these pics....





It costs $43 from Ragweed Forge......

http://www.ragweedforge.com/ThrowingCatalog.html
That Hunters Ax on the right is basically a tomahawk, and you can skin animals, slice tomatoes, filet fish, and sharpen a pencil with it.

Its still small enough to lug around, and around the same size as most combat tomahawks. Don't think it can take as much abuse due to the fine edge.
 

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That Hunters Ax on the right is basically a tomahawk, and you can skin animals, slice tomatoes, filet fish, and sharpen a pencil with it.

Its still small enough to lug around, and around the same size as most combat tomahawks. Don't think it can take as much abuse due to the fine edge.
One thing I REALLY REALLY like about Tomahawks is ease of handle replacement when in the boonies. If you notice, both the hatchet and axe require wedges to hold the handle on the head, The Axe even has 2 wedges! OTOH the Tomahawk just requires the top portion of the handle to be larger than the eye. Also this makes it easier to remove the handle to use the head as a plane or other uses.
 

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Ok, everyone....

Just pulled the trigger on the Benchmade. They are on back order, so when it arrives I will post an update with my thoughts as well as some photos.

For only $10 more, they let you laser engrave on it.

Will let you know.
 
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