Tomahawk Test! Cold Steel, Spinning Blade, and Dead Tree Target

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The whistle of a tomahawk twisting through the air, the solid THUNK! of its head sticking into dead wood… few things are as satisfying as a successful axe throw.

Since I was a kid, when my dad mounted iron tomahawk-style heads on ash shafts, I’ve been intrigued by the art of throwing an axe.

At camp sites we built targets from sawed-off logs and played games with points gained or penalties for missing a stick. You’d pace back from the target to find your “spot,” and then with a throw and the slight flick of a wrist release the spinning blade into the air.

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M48 Kommando Tactical Tomahawk

This week it all came back to me. I was with three friends and my two young sons in the woods. We had a mean-looking tomahawk to test from United Cutlery, sold as the M48 Kommando Tactical Tomahawk on knife supersite BUDK.com.

(See more images and a video of the M48 Kommando Tactical Tomahawk on page 2 of this post)

It costs just $39. But for that price the M48 gives a stainless steel head bolted to a nylon/fiberglass handle made to take the beatings of being thrown.

The head on this piece is not to be taken lightly. Tote it carefully in the sheath and watch out once you’re ready to throw — both ends are sharp.

The double-edged design is made so you can double your chances sticking in the blade. On a throw, with the axe twisting through the air, it can strike a target on its wide front upswept axe blade or on its rear spike, a dagger-like protrusion set where a hammer or rounded blunt would usually be.

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Lining up the shot

It worked for us. In an empty park near sunset we found a snag, its bark-less trunk weathered and gray.

I paced 20 feet back from the tree. My arm went back, and with a fling the M48 tomahawk left my hand and spun away through the air toward its target.

“Nice stick,” someone yelled, the axe head pinned five feet up the tree’s trunk. I still had the old skill.

Throwing a tomahawk is not about luck. The technique is deliberate and calm, a throw and a wrist-flick, the release timed so the blade cuts a horizontal path ahead.

Two friends tried the technique. Both threw too hard at first, the tomahawk spinning wildly and ricocheting off the tree. But with some instruction the M48 began to work for them, sometimes on its front side or, if it spun another half-turn, sticking in on the rear spike.

We abused the M48 Kommando in two spots and for over an hour of throwing. The piece is built solidly, showing not a sign of use despite some bad throws and misses where the blade hit the dirt.

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1, 2, 3… a first-time tomahawk thrower sticks the tree

I chopped the bark off another dead tree later in the night. The brand sells the Kommando as a multiuse piece that can be put to work chopping firewood. Just look out for that rear spike; it’s dangerous to swing this axe like a hammer with its backside spike pointed up.

We hiked out of the woods in the dark. The tomahawk gave a great excuse to get out, despite mosquitoes and the wood ticks we picked off in the parking lot. My kids were too small to try the axe this week. But they’re looking forward to the tomahawk “games” as they grow.

—Stephen Regenold is the editor of GearJunkie.com. See BUDK.com for more info on the M48 Kommando Tactical Tomahawk.

images and video on next page. . .

Posted by Patrick - 06/27/2013 10:15 AM

I need this because you never know when the zombie apocalypse will happen, and I need a good melee weapon for my wife.

Posted by Travis Boots - 06/27/2013 10:19 AM

I need this hawk because I don’t actually own any hawks. In my Zombie Bug Out Bag, I have a bevvy of knives—TOPS, Benchmade, Gerber—my trusty Dead-On destruction bar, first aid, food, clothes, a hammock (Lord knows this guy isn’t sleeping on the ground when the zombie apocalypse happens, fire starters, a camp shovel, and enough 550-paracord to wrap several John Goodman’s head to toe and back…but no tomahawk. I have looked at the SOG and Cold Steel hawks on numerous occasions, but was never fully pleased with what I picked up. This hawk, however, looks like it could be the missing link for my pack. So, please, Gear Junkie, round out my bug out bag for me!

Posted by Robert Wallis - 06/27/2013 10:22 AM

I need it for every time i go camping to help chop wood to start the fire.

Posted by Steve - 06/27/2013 10:23 AM

Zombies.

Posted by Charles Digman - 06/27/2013 10:26 AM

I need this tomahawk because Ninjas keep stealing mangoes off my tree…for me to stand a chance against a Ninja, I’d need a sweet M48 Tactical Tomahawk..

Posted by Andy - 06/27/2013 10:27 AM

I need this because Little Rock is a dangerous city and you can never be too prepared…

Posted by Cody - 06/27/2013 10:28 AM

That is a great piece of hand made craftsmanship l. Plus would also be great for the Zombie apocalypse.

Posted by Lee Sindet - 06/27/2013 10:35 AM

I need this tomahawk because I am part Sioux Indian and this tomahawk could bring me back to my heritage…only more high tech!!

Posted by Thomas - 06/27/2013 10:36 AM

I would love to own this piece of hardware. What better way to fend off zombies than a sturdy tomahawk? Everyone knows that the first thing to go in the unlikely event of a zombie apocalypse would be ammunition. (You might not know this, but zombies, in addition to brains, have quite an affinity for ammo. They find it spicy and pleasantly crunchy. It’s true, look it up!) That would leave guns little better than clubs. You can’t cleave a zombie skull in twain with a club. A bow and arrow? That’s fine, but what if you’re injured and don’t have the use of one of your arms? Nope, no good. The tomahawk gives you the ability to dispatch the undead at a comfortable distance, it’s great for close quarters combat, and it can double as a can opener in case you find a hidden stash of spaghetti o’s and corned beef hash! It’s the perfect accessory for any zombie hunter in the know!

Posted by Mark Barnes - 06/27/2013 10:42 AM

Because I am broke and can’t afford to buy one. Also…for the dumbass that stole my brand new battery off of my camper. HOW ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT’S AWESOME!!!

Posted by Frank Dean - 06/27/2013 10:43 AM

I need this cause I’m a scout leader and these scouts are always studing Zombie info. And this would be only leagal leathal Zombie wepon the Troop could carry.

Posted by Daniel - 06/27/2013 10:45 AM

I need this tomahawk because my son doesn’t know how to throw an axe yet and I don’t want him learning on some second rate, hack version of this. He’s almost seven for God’s sake!!!! He needs this!

Posted by Robert Williams - 06/27/2013 10:47 AM

I need this tomahawk because my world needs chopped!

It’s such a versatile tool that by simply taking it into my hands, my manliness level would immediately increase by +10. My facial hair would grow in bushier, my shirts would appear more plaider and the quality of my wife’s already sensational cooking would jump tenfold.

For the sake of my manhood and the betterment of the world, I need this tool.

Posted by Matthew Liska - 06/27/2013 10:57 AM

I’ve been without a tomahawk for years now, I learned how to throw them in the boyscout’s and always planned on owning one yet all these years later I still don’t and I’m out and about in the woods all the time. Help me out and give me one! Thanks!

Posted by James Kennedy - 06/27/2013 11:01 AM

I was excited when I saw the title of the article because I thought you were going to be talking about a Cold Steel tomahawk.

Posted by T Maas - 06/27/2013 11:03 AM

I need to pick popcorn out from between my teeth while camping.

Posted by Devan Jones - 06/27/2013 11:15 AM

I need this tomahawk because I’ve always been interested in learning to throw a tomahawk, but I’ve never seen one that looked good enough for the price, but with your help GearJunkie I could finally realize my potential for throwing tomahawks and practice practice practice.

Posted by Amanda - 06/27/2013 11:24 AM

I need this because the axe handle I have in my car isn’t cutting it if SH*T hits the fan.

Posted by Allen - 06/27/2013 11:25 AM

Zombies zombies zombies. Everyone needs it for zombies. I need this tomohawk because I just got married but my wife strictly said no melee weapons on our registry. Besides, everyone knows you can’t whittle a canoe out of an ancient redwood tree with a knife!

Posted by Luwk - 06/27/2013 11:32 AM

There once was a tree named Fred. He was a jerk and I wanted him dead. As much as I tried, and wished that he died, he lived and it filled me with dread.

So you see I need me this tool, to kill this mocking tree fool. His bark will run red, my blood lust then fed, this Tomahawk is so freaking cool.

Posted by mandy - 06/27/2013 11:33 AM

because if he has one I need one http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blbushaxe.htm

Posted by John Loose - 06/27/2013 11:39 AM

I need this tomahawk to make my Gerber gear Quadfecta! I currently have the Instant F.A.S.T, Gator Machete and the Gator Axe! Nothing says bad ass like a machete on one hip and a tomahawk on the other!

Posted by JR Moreau - 06/27/2013 12:00 PM

I need this tomahawk because I’ve always wanted to carve a canoe out of a whole tree and this would be a good starting tool.

Posted by Austin Fingerle - 06/27/2013 12:21 PM

To what extent does this become too awesom?? And could I use it/take it on my deploymeny.??

Posted by tony adams - 06/27/2013 01:04 PM

id like to have one they are sweet

Posted by louis wells - 06/27/2013 01:15 PM

I would love to have this tomahawk because as you said it is badass and due to the current rescission I can’t afford to buy one for myself so it would be really appreciated also I don’t have a hawk and one this awesome needs to be in every mans collection

Posted by Kevin - 06/27/2013 01:56 PM

I’d like to have this tomahawk because “you never know when your going to need it. A situation may come up say for example, someone has been drinking, and about to drive a loved one home… then I’d like to know I have it. Not to kill, no. Just to maim. Take a little off the shoulder. Swish! The elbow. Slash! Shave a little meat off the old kneecap. Fowap! Ooooo!”

And after I’ve demonstrated my prowess with throwing the tomahawk to my daughter’s suitor I could rest easy knowing that he’ll treat her with the utmost respect and kindness because he’ll be afraid of losing a knew cap or two.

PS-Thanks Uncle Buck for the idea…

Posted by Jon Chumbley - 06/27/2013 02:10 PM

I’ve been a HUGE fan of his for years! It would be such an honor…oh wait, it’s not Tony Hawk?!? A tomahawk? That would be cool, too…

Posted by Wally - 06/27/2013 02:22 PM

Don’t give me this thing…I’ll poke my eye out! ;)

Posted by Steven Spahr - 06/27/2013 02:22 PM

I need a tomahawk, because I just want throw it at a tree.I mean, what else are you gonna do with a tomahawk?

Posted by Jeff M. - 06/27/2013 02:25 PM

I need this because it would make the perfect pair to my kukri. Both are good yardwork/camping workhorses.

Posted by Scott Schiepek - 06/27/2013 02:29 PM

I’ve always loved axes, big and small and every other size. And I’ve wanted to learn to throw them, but every throwing axe I’ve bought has been crap. I’ve never used a tomahawk before, but I’ve heard so many good things about them for throwing, chopping, and self-defense, and this tomahawk looks like it would fit the bill for all three. I need this tomahawk so I can throw it and chop with it and stab with it and love it and make it my best friend for the rest of my life.

Posted by Ryan L - 06/27/2013 02:30 PM

Why do I need this hawk? I don’t but a broken knife does so I’ll ell you a quick story. A few months ago I broke my cherished [BRAND NAME DELETED] sheath knife that I’ve had for almost 20 years by throwing it at a dead tree and hitting a knot. The blade snapped like…well a twig. I buried the broken half of the blade under that tree in hopes that I will return for retribution. I believe the hawk will be that retribution. Prove to that damned dead tree that the blade was not broken in vain once and for all.

I don’t need that hawk, the balance of life needs it. I’ll just hold onto it for a while.

Posted by Lisa Lopez - 06/27/2013 02:31 PM

Cause nothing hits the spot like a M48 Kommando Tactical Tomahawk!

Posted by Dwayne Reaves - 06/27/2013 02:42 PM

Technically I would be lying if I said I NEEDED it! But I am sure my 12 year old daughter could come up with a hundred reasons why she would think I needed it. It is always fun to show people something that I have that they don’t have! I don’t know anyone else that has one!

Posted by Joseph Fisch - 06/27/2013 02:44 PM

I need this tomahawk because, as a Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences major at Oregon State University, I’m taking a class called “Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources.” We’re studying Native Americans and how they utilized the natural resources around them i.e. hunting wildlife for food using a tomahawk. I think it would be great if I could win one and really get some “hands on” education in Native American skills. I would also just like to throw it at stuff too.

Posted by Hal Summers - 06/27/2013 02:49 PM

I’d love this to practice my Ed Ames imitation.

Posted by Laura L. - 06/27/2013 03:14 PM

(give me a beat..) man I need a tomahawk, but not specifically to split a rock. Gettin’ mad skills at throwin’ knives, need a tomahawk to feel alive. And I can take it on a camping trip, slip and fall and i’ll use it to make a splint. Protect my homies from a bear attack, my kommando tomahawk, it’s got my back. (giggles)

Posted by Robert Misciagna - 06/27/2013 03:24 PM

I really, really need this tomahawk, I hike in the sierras all the time and this looks like it would be my goto tool. And I never win anything.
I won’t need it for zombies, got that covered. Lol

Posted by constable tom dallas - 06/27/2013 03:35 PM

i need this because i have one… but one is none and two is one!!

Posted by David Tyler - 06/27/2013 03:38 PM

I am an avid hiker and mountain biker, and live in the rugged forest of Flagstaff, AZ. I always see these tomahawks in my knife magazines and always contemplate buying them, until I realize I cannot afford such things. Being an outdoors enthusiast, it is a must to carry something like this around. I would love to win this bad boy!

Posted by heide - 06/27/2013 03:46 PM

I’m doing a 6 day bicycle ride in Wyoming and we were told to watch out for bear!

Posted by Arthur - 06/27/2013 04:16 PM

I really need this because I have to chop my wood from 10 feet away and the ax I have just isn’t doing the job.

Posted by Lawdog - 06/27/2013 04:24 PM

I need this because I’m canoeing and I think I hear banjos.

Posted by Chris E. - 06/27/2013 04:52 PM

I need this piece of equipment for a single reason that I think is just absolutely paramount:

I don’t have a single piece of hardcore blade in any of my gear. I have a few small survival knives, sure, but a Tomahawk? Absolutely nothing like it. Now, that may not stand up to likes of people wanting it in their fire gear and the like, but for someone that has never been hardcore camping before, this would be a great way to kick things off.

Posted by Douglas Langley - 06/27/2013 06:04 PM

I need this because I have a Loincloth, a Viking Helmet, a Dog that i made armor for, and im missing a weapon to instill the final amount of fear in that girl scout troop whos getting too agressive with their door to door cookie sales

Posted by Shane Wolfe - 06/27/2013 06:05 PM

Looks very packable! Would be great for processing fish and small game as well as hacking apart firewood…

Posted by Nicholas Chowske - 06/27/2013 06:16 PM

I would love to have this tomahawk because I don’t think zombie skulls are as soft as they look on TV.

Posted by joe murphy - 06/27/2013 06:30 PM

because i wish to sacrifice many virgins under the full moon… jokes aside, it is becuase i am a BROKE student from the city and ironically a massive outdoors enthusiast, unfortunately for me and my friends to plan a trip to the great outdoors, it is often highly expensive, good kit is a luxury and such a tool would be greatly appreciated amongst us, respect! :-)

Posted by Jamie Becker - 06/27/2013 06:33 PM

I need this tomahawk because it is bad-ass and can do all the things I need it to, Chop wood, break ice, and scare away critters while I’m trying to enjoy my ice cold drink by the fire I just made.

Posted by Brett DeAugustine - 06/27/2013 06:36 PM

I am going to tell you a story that I haven’t told since the incident happened.a few years ago I was in the woods, camping. There I was minding my own business when a groove of haunted sumac trees suddenly attacked. Well I pulled out my handy tomahawk and made short work of those pesky trees. But little did I know those haunted trees were being controlled by a hoard of zombies. After a few minutes I was able to fight my way clear. But needless to say I was tired. So I used my tomahawk to strike a spark and make a fire. Then I chopped some wood and settled in. Anyway to make a long story short I got drunk one night and lost mine. So please let me win this one so I have another.

Posted by Scott H - 06/27/2013 08:04 PM

I’m a young guy recovering from a back injury and think this would come in handy for several reasons. First, I think the spike end will definitely help when I have an itch low on my leg and can’t quite scratch it with my hand. In the same regard, I think the blade side will come in handy if I feel the need to shave my legs so I can be more aerodynamic while I limp around the house! Every little bit of less resistance helps these days. Also, sometimes it’s hard to pull myself closer to the table for dinner, so I’ll just stick the curved end of the blade into the table and pull it to me. Sadly, there have been a few times when I have had to get someone else to tie my shoes for me. Unfortunately, they tie them too tight on occasion, so I’ll be toting this ‘hawk around in my waistband in case I need to make a quick escape from my shoes! I’m a big guy, but with my back injury, I often have to be careful not to even let little kids bump into me when I’m out in public because I’m easily knocked off balance these days. So, I’m thinking this will be used often like an ice axe so I can self-arrest to save my back from a hard crash to the ground by digging into the nearest drywall. And don’t forget – back scratcher, anyone?! Lastly, I think I’ll be using this to turn off the light switch across the room when I get in bed but forget to turn off the lamp. I’ll just have to learn how to redo drywall after the fact. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Posted by Austin Liska - 06/27/2013 08:04 PM

The M48 looks like the best tomahawk out there! I could use one of them too to take camping and hiking with me.

Posted by Reece Barrell-Smith - 06/27/2013 09:28 PM

I can throw knifes but axes allude me. I would love to have this tomahawk so i can learn how to throw axes with such a sharp looking piece.

Posted by Jonny C - 06/27/2013 11:12 PM

I could use one for that time when I run into a butt load of tnt is ready to blast my hometown to pieces I could use it to slice that burning wick right on off!!

Posted by Alexander - 06/28/2013 12:24 AM

The M48 is necessary in order to answer the age-old question:
….“to-mahawk, or not tomahawk?”

Posted by Ryan "Runs With Woods" Hall - 06/28/2013 01:11 AM

The Woodland gods of Paul Bunyon and the Brawny Man have finally answered my prayers! I’m kind of in a desperate and dire situation…A couple months ago I was camping with alone in the woods when I woke up to the smell of maple syrup and the sound of grunts. I opened up my tent and caught a glimpse of a dark bearded figure. I only caught a glimpse because I blacked out once it charged at me within moments of my shiny babyface reflecting in the moonlight. I woke up with a bite on my arm, dressed in flannel, and as hairy Tom Hanks in Castaway. It was then I realized that I had encountered a Lupinjack. I used to think the fire side stories of beasts that look like lumberjacks and prey on unsuspecting beardless men were just myth. Now i know the myths were true for I have become one. I’ve wrestled with this inner beast dressed in flannel and denim long enough! These LupinJack urges have been tearing my life apart!? I crave only things smothered in geniune maple syrup like a middle school girl on PMS. Every time I shave  my beard grows back faster than a greased up Usain Bolt running away from a mob of hungry Kenyans. I’ve woken up too many nights in the woods dazzed and shamefully glazed in sap, coughing up chunks of bark. My girlfriend left me after I ran out of excuses for the muddy boot prints in the house. I can’t date again like this!? Do you know how hard it is to kiss a woman with a beard lined with sap and splinters? I can no longer experience the joys of a normal life. Living in constant fear of hurting someone I’ve turned to isolating myself in the woods. I couldn’t live with myself if I passed on this burly curse. Please I’m begging you to help me! The only way to turn a LupinJack back into a human is to have the cursed human defeat a real lumberjack in tomahawk throwing contest before the 3rd rising of the full moon. I can’t go to Home Depot for the fear of a Tushy Chin enticing the beast within me. If I receive this tomahawk By airdrop I can hone my tomahawk throwing skill and build myself a shelter to regain my strength. Then I shall finally  challenge my neighborhood lumberjack to quench the demon’s thirst for sappy blood. With a reclaimed life I can go back to the things I took for granted like only eating syrup on pancakes or waffles, walking through a park without gnawing on the bark, wearing fabrics other than denim or flannel, and 5 o’clock shadow. Please hurry though, I’m not sure how much longer I can take the terrible 3G coverage out here.

Posted by Tim Rice - 06/28/2013 03:50 AM

I need this, to shake and hold in a menacing way, so that I can win the White Giro Air Attack from Gear Junkie. If it helps I’ll even scream like a lunatic. :) yayayayayayaayaaaaaaaaaaaa Rawwwwrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by Dennis Nicholson - 06/28/2013 07:48 AM

So, my neighborhood is infested with northern yoga practicing, rock climbing, mountain biking, co-ed adventure racing, minimal shoe-wearing while ultra running, fast packing, and marring your cute little team-mate types and my sensibilities are completely upset by this… You see, I live in the south and I am just a simple runner / biker and I am looking to put an end to these whipper-snappers once & for all. Your fancy little doo-hickey looks like just the tool I need since I cant do any of that highfalutin sport stuff. It’ll chop yoga pads and climbing rope easy enough, the pointy end will poke hole in pack rafts & Therm-a-rest pads like warm butter, kill a mountain bike, and scare the hell out of Chelsea (I’ll never catch her, but at least I can scare her). I’ll show them all right…

Posted by Stephen Miller - 06/28/2013 12:19 PM

It all started in the year of my birth. Vikings had raided my village killing my father and mother leaving me helpless and alone, an orphan in the cold north. An old hermit took me into his home to raise me so that one day I could have my revenge. The old hermit was once a masterful warrior and trained me everyday once I was able to walk. My whole life was built upon anger and revenge, with each blow I took in training my hatred for the Vikings increased. Finally upon my 18th birthday having completed my journey it was time to set out onto my quest. I traveled for days through wind and snow without a inclining of where the Vikings might be. Tired and malnourished I pushed on my fruitless quest, until one day chance smiled upon me. I had found a village that had recently been raided by the Vikings, speaking to the villagers I discovered where the Vikings lived. After a nights rest I set off to the Viking fortress making sure I was not followed. In the distance I could see the light of fires and hear the roar of a celebration. Creeping closer to the edge of the town I spotted Viking Chieftain and his ten personal guards, it appeared the rest of the men were off on a raiding party still. I crept through the town waiting to make my approach when a drunken guard spotted me and raised the alarm. The Viking Chieftain’s guards ran at me as I prepared myself for battle. I quickly cut through the first two Vikings as more approached with the moonlight and fire dancing off of their axes. My sword clashed against theirs as I maneuvered through their ranks taking them down one by one. With all the guards finally dead I approached the Chieftain. He let out a mighty laugh as he pulled his giant battle axe from the ground. Fueled by my anger I charged deftly avoiding the blow of his might axe, but could not seem to land a blow myself. The fighting carried on for hours as we both tired but neither slowing down nor willing to quit. That was until I spotted him making a mistake as his axes weight began to prove a liability in his tired state. I struck at the back of his legs knocking him to the ground, and went for what I thought was the death blow. But alas my sword did no damage to his skin as I tried to plunge it into his gut. In my shock I heard a rumbling laugh from the Chieftain. “You fool, you thought you’re sword could kill me? It will take more than a mortal weapon to end my life.” Out of fear and shame I retreated to the woods knowing I had no hope to defeat him. Then suddenly I remembered the old hermit had given me a scroll he told me not to open until I knew that time was right. Now was that time, I anxiously unrolled the scroll and read “To defeat the Viking Chieftain you need the weapon fore told in the prophecies. Now is the real start to your journey, head west to begin your search for the Kommando Tactical Tomahawk.”
That is why I am writing you this plea, I need the Kommando Tactical Tomahawk for vengeance on those who destroyed my family, I need it so my quest can end and order can be restored to the realm! Only you can help me now please do not abandon me.

Posted by Steffany - 06/30/2013 12:24 PM

Mama needs more sharp things to keep her minions in line!!

Posted by Terri McMillan - 06/30/2013 12:27 PM

I’d love to add the tomahawk to my bug out bag because ya never know when TREES WILL ATTACK;)

Posted by Crystal Metzler - 06/30/2013 12:31 PM

I would love to own this because reading your article makes me want to try axe throwing! You make it sound SO fun and I love that there is skill involved! I am in love with archery with the old School bows and think this might be something I can get addicted too! Your article is amazing!

Posted by dwayne sykes - 06/30/2013 12:32 PM

I don’t need it for a zombie apocalypse like everyone else… I just want to throw it a stuff

Posted by Vincent J. - 06/30/2013 12:34 PM

I need this axe because I’m currently looking for the lady of my life and girls are running fast these days you know.

Posted by Homer - 06/30/2013 12:41 PM

Despite all practical things one could use this for, I’d love to be able to go out and use it for the exact reason you did; Go out and build camaraderie and have a good time with friends.

Posted by james bender - 06/30/2013 12:50 PM

I need this tomahawk because if we ever gave another civil war, I need the tools to go crazy on the enemy like Mel Gibson in the patriot. That scene was epic, and I want to be epic… Help me become epic..

Posted by Kyle - 06/30/2013 01:03 PM

Call it randonneuring or day-tripping or what have you: I have discovered so much of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s history on backroads, gravel-crunching, mountain-scaling bike rides, but only for having sharp eyes. So much of it is grown over with kudzu and young pine and wire grass, obscured from passersby. I stop to clear them as I can, pulling at vines and branches, rending them by hand, to reveal waymarkers about the Civil War and Creek Indian trading routes; farm houses long gone as fallow as their fields; cemeteries of decades-gone churches, or full of Confederate graves. It would be much faster, more pleasant and thrilling, with this tomahawk as my sidekick. Sure, a tomahawk can cleave a skull or split a melon or splinter boards in twain — but in these clearing efforts it can rejoin as well as it sunders. It can bring the past to the present and the mysterious to light.

Posted by Tristan Trani - 06/30/2013 01:05 PM

I need it incase the nsa shows up at my door..

Posted by John H - 06/30/2013 01:05 PM

During the summer there are mosquitoes.

Posted by James Mccoy - 06/30/2013 01:05 PM

Great addition to any self-defense weapons cache

Posted by RR - 06/30/2013 01:11 PM

Going soon again to Svalbard, polar bear region, and I’m pretty bad with guns.

Posted by James Demetriou - 06/30/2013 01:12 PM

Basically I need this tomahawk because I am a poor river guide/college student and I would use this ax for many things such as chopping and splitting wood to make a fire to cook dinner for myself and maybe guests on over night whitewater trips.

Posted by Doug - 06/30/2013 01:38 PM

I need this to protect myself from everyone on here saying there’s going to be a zombie apocalypse!

Posted by Jake - 06/30/2013 01:38 PM

I need this tomahawk because nothing at the breakfast table says “ hands off my bacon” like a bad ass Tomahawk.

Posted by Rich - 06/30/2013 01:48 PM

I want to try my best Ed Ames impression, but no throwing axe. Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udNnqnR1QvI

Posted by chris weis - 06/30/2013 02:19 PM

My wife is obsessed with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Have you seen Sully? the half Indian/half white man stud? Yeah well, is weapon of choice is a tomahawk because he is indianish. I want to be able to throw all sweet like Sully and win my wife’s heart again.

Posted by Bobby Brown - 06/30/2013 02:22 PM

Love to have one for my wife .

Posted by Kait P - 06/30/2013 02:27 PM

I’m getting married in October, and a wedding present like this for my weaponry-obsessed fiance would totally make me the coolest wife on the block.

Posted by Adam Quintela - 06/30/2013 02:30 PM

I never travel anywhere without my hatchet/tomahawk. When I went home, I was working with my little brothers trying to teach them how to throw my M48 tomahawk. It was going real well until they threw it at a metal post. While this tomahawk is well made, sturdy, and quite a good deal, it does not do well being thrown at a steel post. So… after much work and effort, I have it looking mostly normal. But I miss my undamaged M48, and would love to have a replacement for it! It has been a wonderful tool/weapon for me, and I miss my old friend.

Posted by Michael - 06/30/2013 02:57 PM

Why a tomahawk? because I said so

Posted by Dale L Sutton - 06/30/2013 03:03 PM

I am a avid hiker, camper,and kayaker who enjoys the outdoors. I see use in all these activities for such a tool as this. Be it at the camp site along the trail or down creek side a sharp edge on a well balanced handle has many advantages and uses. I can see it being helpful in doing volunteer work for trail and water ways maintenance and construction. It would be great for the chores around the campsite and in the right setting a good source of entertainment and teaching tool for the young bucks to learn a thing or too.

I don’t take kindly to anyone throwing anything into live healthy trees. So after learning what to throw at it is a lot easier to show how when you have a true tomahawk as this opposed to camp hatchet. So for all these reason along with this being the sharpest, hottest show stopper tomahawk I have ever seen and would be walking around proud having it strapped to my side. Make no mistake I would be your walking talking billboard and you better get ready for some more orders.
Posted by Shane Wolfe - 06/30/2013 03:50 PM

I bet you I can make pancakes with this! I’ll post a video!

Posted by MP Crosson - 06/30/2013 04:01 PM

I lost my Gillette Razor. This looks like it would be a fine replacement.

Posted by Gabe Diaz - 06/30/2013 04:04 PM

I need this Tomahawk to sharpen in front of any of my daughter’s male friends. Maybe even butcher some meat with. She’s only 3 but it’s never too soon to start.

Posted by Peter Bradberry - 06/30/2013 05:15 PM

My four year old daughter needs to know how to protect herself with something. Might as well be something that goes well with her Snow White costume.

Posted by David - 06/30/2013 08:24 PM

I need this tomahawk because i’ve never seen/hold an actual tomahawk before. Only a large lumber axe

Posted by Kc Frame - 06/30/2013 08:55 PM

I need this because there’s a crackhead across the street. Need to be ready for an attack.

Posted by Jaime Mastin - 06/30/2013 10:40 PM

would be a rad replacement for the tactical tomahawk in my vietnam era war jeep right now. I like to keep one there for camping and throwing contests held at powwows, besides never know if the day comes when I’ll be surrounded by undead indians covered in war paint looking for blood as sweet as mine.

Posted by KRIST WHELAN - 07/01/2013 12:03 AM

Two words; zombie preparedness.

Posted by Markemmanuel Rodriguez - 07/01/2013 01:53 AM

I’d actually give it to my brother because he’d appreciate a tomahawk. It’s an important symbol of strength and we can use it on trips to splitting wood and other chores.

Posted by Tony Broughton - 07/01/2013 07:49 AM

I need this tomahawk, as my beloved old camp knife has been sharpened once too often, and is now a mere stubby nub of it’s former self.

Posted by Dan Marsac - 07/01/2013 12:41 PM

A. I don’t yet have a tomahawk
B. It’s my birthday, and you haven’t gotten me anything!

Posted by Zachary - 07/01/2013 10:54 PM

I want to look macho, nothin makes Macho more than a modern, compact battle-axe! I could use it to build a fire to signal kings landing of the oncoming zombie warriors. I should also dress in Viking attire to tie it all together, Icelandic Viking attire!

Posted by Daryl Williams - 07/11/2013 03:28 AM

I have a really bad snake infestment here and I’m sure your tomahawk would be the right tool.chop chop!!!

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