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TOPS Micro Hawk

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by mc5aw, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    I see your point.

    However, compare this implement with all the weapons it claims to have been derived or inspired from. It is a poor karambit, a poor tomahawk...as it lacks the characteristics making those weapons usable. Like...size, mass. I tend to lend credence to designs that have been around for hundred of years, exhibiting certain characteristics that made them work.

    Sure, you could slash someone with it. Repeatedly.
     
  2. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    I could slash someone with a broken bottle. Maybe I should break some and wrap them with tacti-cool paracord and sell them for $125 apiece.
     
  3. Pointshoot777

    Pointshoot777 Gold Member Gold Member

    674
    Feb 16, 2001
    Maybe someone will make a knife shaped like a gun next.
     
  4. nzedge

    nzedge

    248
    Apr 7, 2013
    I want to see someone grab any old bit of metal, any shape. Sharpen a corner or two. Add some holes to grip it by. Maybe a lanyard. A couple of notches in it, and call it a multi tool. Number of uses limited only by your imagination.
    look at my multi tools below..you can throw them..baton with them..use them as weapons. Sharpen the corners to suit your desired application.
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  5. Park Swan

    Park Swan KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    535
    Mar 15, 2016
    That's not necessarily true of all full tang axes, although I can understand why you'd think so.
     
  6. mc5aw

    mc5aw

    184
    Nov 6, 2011
    I did some comparisons with the micro hawk against other small tomahawks (size, weight, ergonomics, etc.) and I think it would be better marketed as a rescue tool for belt cutting, glass breaking, etc. I also watched the promo video again and took into account the lack of head weight that a traditional tomahawk has ... am I correct in assuming that the wood splitting was a function of arm strength and blade sharpness rather than inertia?
     
  7. nzedge

    nzedge

    248
    Apr 7, 2013
    Wood splitting prowess comes from a combination of overall momentum or power (speed x weight), and head geometry.

    I.e something that is fatter, and more wedge shaped, in theory will split better than something that is thin , as its the physical thickness of the head that wedges the wood apart, thus splitting it. Notice a dedicated splitter (maul) is quite fat & wedge shaped.
    A longer handle makes getting more head speed easier thus increasing power.

    You could use more arm strength to make up for a shorter handle and/or less head weight. But then if you used more arm strength with a longer handle and/or more head weight you would deliver even more power again.

    Everything is a trade off. A thinner blade will slice better but wont split as well.
     
  8. Knifedad614

    Knifedad614

    2
    May 11, 2017
    I have one. Ive been edcing it for a week and messed around with it in the woods over the weekend. As far as edc task, its trash. The thi g is 5/16 of an inch thick with a short saber grind, making slicing task difficult. Another thing to note is that this thing may be 11 ounces but the weight it all in the handle so choping is weak, even for something of the size. If this thing was honestl 3/16 thick or a quarter inch, its would be much more useful but for now, every other knife i own is better suited for any task than this stupid tomahawk
     
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  9. justjed

    justjed

    77
    Oct 23, 2010
    I think this was designed as a weapon, period. A sharpened palm load. In this application, it will probably do its best work. I don't look at it and wonder if I can use it for utility tasks, but if one gets creative there are probably any number of uses for it. It seems obvious to me that it's more for up close and personal persuasion techniques, and not for minimalist camping or weekends in the woods. This was designed to make someone bleed, and I've no doubt it would do that quite effectively if wielded properly. I don't consider it a tomahawk, by any stretch, except maybe in inspiration.
     
  10. Ratman79

    Ratman79 Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    873
    Jan 5, 2016
    It looks cool, I guess, but it's really just a novelty--a "man-toy" basically. And the plastic "sheath" was very cheap and rattled horribly. I came to the uncomfortable revelation that I had paid almost 180 bucks for a few feet of paracord.

    As far as martial arts applications--take a look at RMJs "Kalihawk."
     
  11. Knifedad614

    Knifedad614

    2
    May 11, 2017
    Even in a h2h situation the geometry would lend to bludgening an attacker rather than slice or cut. Though to update my last post I did spend 5 hours of work on the edge (by hand) and turned it closer to a Scandi grind at 20 degrees. It's still not the greatest but it's absolutely functional now and do rotate it into my edc now
     
  12. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Not only is the designer of that fine weapon a martial artist, he is also a bush pilot. It was obviously designed by him as protection against bears in the bush. Much lighter than a shotgun...
     
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  13. JJHollowman

    JJHollowman

    122
    Jul 16, 2016
    The guy in the video repeatedly calls it a "knife". I think he's on to something.
     

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