Best Tactical Tomahawk: 3 Things To Look For When Buying One

Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips

Jeff Anderson

Tactical tomahawks have received a lot of recognition lately, and not just from the wannabe zombie hunters out there.

In today’s tactical landscape, these weapons are being adopted into the arsenals of law enforcement, rescue personnel, and even active duty military.

This begs the question: Which one do you buy?

Recently, I talked tomahawk shopping with the American Tomahawk Company’s Eric Fehrman.

Here’s a summary of what he told me.

3 Things To Look For In A Tactical Tomahawk

Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips
Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips
Eric Fehrman

The fireman’s axe was long a staple of rescue equipment, and for obvious reasons: It provided leverage and allowed rescuers to make their way through obstacles.

The tomahawk does this as well, while also giving first responders and other emergency personnel a very effective means of defending themselves.

The versatility,  the effectiveness of the tomahawk as both a tool and a weapon, has made it a valuable piece of equipment worthy of a closer inspection for anyone who’s serious about survival in a multitude of scenarios.

Tomahawks are everywhere now:  in catalogs, on every knife website, on social media (where companies do giveaways and promotions) and at gun shows.

(They’re even easily found in sporting goods stores now.)

With all these options, however, there are certain features that you should consider when you purchase a tomahawk to add to your arsenal of survival tools and weapons.

That’s because all tomahawks are NOT created equal.

Consider the following, then, when you’re shopping.

1. Buy A Trusted Brand

The first thing you should look for in a ‘hawk is a trusted brand, a manufacturer who is well known and has a good reputation.

Because of the rise in popularity of the tomahawk, cheap knockoffs and junk made anonymously somewhere in China is all over the market.

(A lot of the cheap tomahawks look and feel like junk because that is what they are.)

They are cheaply made and will break easily. Many have substandard sheaths, too.

If either the tool or its carry system breaks when you need it most, you are trusting your life to a piece of cheap garbage.

Avoid the no-name brands and go with a tomahawk that comes from an established manufacturer known for its quality.

2. Make Sure It Offers Good Utility

Don’t select a ‘hawk simply because it “looks cool” or even because it looks especially intimidating.

Tomahawks are intimidating and wicked looking pieces of gear, yes, but there are a lot of “fantasy” tomahawks on the market that look scary.

They’re full of strange curves, spikes, and other details that serve no real value other than to make them look fierce.

Chances are a tomahawk like this will break when you need it most, no matter how “bad” it looks.

Don’t buy something because it’s painted bright green and has the word “zombie” on it, either.

Instead, buy a tomahawk that is compact, lightweight, and has the features you believe will be most useful.

Another thing that people often overlook when it comes to ‘hawks is the sheath.

(Some manufacturers offer really terrible “sheaths” with their tactical tomahawks, flimsy pieces of nylon that are really just blade covers.)

Look for one that has a sheath that won’t fall apart soon after you start carrying it.

3. Look For A Strong Handle To Head Join

Most axe, hatchet, and tomahawk failures happen where the handle meets the head.

Look for a good ‘hawk that has a strong, sturdy joining of the head to the handle, so that you know it is a point of strength rather than weakness.

(Some synthetic handles offer better strength than wood.)

Test the head of the tomahawk to see if it shifts in your hand when you grip it and the handle and try to move the two.

Tomahawks are very useful tools.

Shopping for one requires that you pay attention to these details.

If you follow these guidelines, you will find a weapon that is right for you.

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Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense!

Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It’s been going through a skyrocketing resurgence in both the military and law enforcement, as a tactical tool as well as a weapon.

I’m talking about the tactical tomahawk.

If you don’t have one, you may be missing out on one of the most powerful close quarters combat weapons available.

But as you’ve heard me say a bazillion times now, the effectiveness of any weapon — whether it’s a gun, a stick, a kitten, I don’t care what it is — relies primarily on the skill of the person wielding it.

Recently, I had the chance to talk about what people are getting WRONG about the tactical tomahawk with expert Benjamin Bradak.

Here’s a summary of what I learned from him on this subject.

Tactical Tomahawk Fighting: 3 Factors You MUST Know Before You Defend Yourself!

Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense
Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense
Benjamin Bradak

A lot of problems with contemporary tomahawk training come from a single source.

That is, training is often not well rounded when it comes to the ‘hawk.

People try to make the weapon behave in ways that it shouldn’t.

They treat it like weapons that appear cosmetically similar.

It’s true the tomahawk is a reasonably intuitive weapon.

Anybody can pick it up and use it to wail away on an attacker with only a little training.

But there are some facts you need to keep in mind when you work with the ‘hawk.

1. You Shouldn’t Try To Block With The Blade

In the movies, people block blade to blade all the time.

I once saw an old episode of Walker: Texas Ranger in which our hero Chuck Norris duels a guy with a knife and tomahawk.

They go at it blade to blade, blocking each other like it’s going out of style.

The reality is, you’re NEVER going to pull that off in a real fight.

The blade of a tomahawk is relatively small.

You won’t be using it for blocking moves, because you won’t be able to make them work.

It’s just not going to be able to hit the mark in a real-life encounter.

What this means is that you should be ATTACKING, not blocking.

Tomahawks are best used OFFENSIVELY, taking the fight to the attacker.

2. The Tomahawk Is NOT A Knife Or Sword

A lot of martial arts training with bladed weapons involves drawing a blade through a target.

It looks graceful and fluid — and we don’t blame you for thinking you can do the same thing with a tomahawk.

The only problem is, you can’t.

You can’t draw a tomahawk through a target the way you can a knife or a sword.

The ‘hawk just doesn’t behave like those weapons because of the size and shape of the blade.

Even with what is called “percussive cutting action,” you won’t be drawing your blade through, so you’ve got to be prepared for getting hung up in the target.

3. Ben’s Tomahawk Hooking Rule

The tomahawk hooking rule goes like this:

Just because you don’t want to hook with the tomahawk, doesn’t mean you won’t…

…And just because you want to hook with it, doesn’t mean you should.

Keep those statements in mind whenever training with the ‘hawk.

More than any other weapon, a tomahawk will probably hang up in the target, so be prepared for a continuous flow of action if it doesn’t hang up, and be able to utilize it properly if it does.

Above all, don’t hook just for the sake of hooking.

That’s not realistic training.

If you keep these principles in mind, your tomahawk training will be much more productive.

It’s a great weapon, but it is also a unique weapon, and should be respected as such.

Stay prepared out there!

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