A Tomahawk for a Ranger?

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Hello, everyone! I've visited the forums several times over the years for research and to read reviews, but this is my first time posting.

So my friend's 21st is coming up and I'm looking into getting him a "tactical" tomahawk as a gift. He's big into weapons (blades included) and he's always wanted to get his hands on a tomahawk. In addition, he's currently serving in the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment and has his second deployment scheduled in the coming months. He has already mentioned that once he's Tabbed, he'd be more than willing to carry a tomahawk with him on-target "just in case".

So here are the basic things I'm looking for in said tomahawk, in no particular order:

1.) Utility -- My friend isn't big into camping or anything like that, so he's not going to be clearing a bunch of brush or chopping wood anytime soon. However, if the hawk is sufficiently sharp and durable for basic cutting tasks, so much the better.

2.) Combat Use -- I realize the chances of the tomahawk being his last line of defense are exceedingly rare, but since a buddy of his has seen one used during room clearing firsthand, I'm not going to dismiss it offhand. I'm also considering things like breaching or digging a fighting position if the need ever arises.

3.) Throwing -- He's the kind of guy who gets a huge kick out of going out and hitting targets with throwing knives, slingshots, pellet guns, etc. He's really big into the former, so I know for a fact that he could get hours of amusement out of tossing a well-made tomahawk. For that reason, I'd definitely prefer a tomahawk that's decently balanced for this purpose.

4.) Price -- If I had the money, I'd go and buy him an RMJ Tactical tomahawk and call it a day. But cost is a factor, with my upper limit being in the realm of ~$100, give or take.

In addition, I'd like a tomahawk with a sheath capable of being mounted on most belts and/or MOLLE gear.

I've looked at several candidates and done some research. The LaGana VTAC is looking very promising, although I've also given thought to the Smith & Wesson E&E, SOG Fast Hawk/Tactical, as well as the BUDK M48.

Any recommendations, personal experience, and thoughts about these or other candidates would be much appreciated! Thanks guys.
 
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CRKT is offering two versions of a RMJ designed full tang tactical hawk. They call them the Chogan and Kangee. I own a Kangee. IMO, about the only deficiency are the plastic scales - but it's only $115.
 
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I own the Shrike S13 but that's kinda pricey for a gift. The http://www.crkt.com/Kangee-Tactical-Tomahawk should fit the bill (i'm not sure about throwing it however). You should be able to find one slightly over $100. (not the listed retail). I'd say the M-48, and SOG are definitely no go's for a Ranger on deployment. VTAC might be a decent option also. Too bad you couldn't go in with some of his buddies and maybe his folks and collectively get him an RMJ.
(Obviously Bonafide types faster than I do).
 
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Wow, thanks for the response! I looked up the Kangee; don't know how I missed it the first time around. Managed to find a really good price for it and from everything I'm reading about it, it looks just about perfect for my purposes. Apparently it's quite "throwable", too.
 
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Wow, thanks for the response! I looked up the Kangee; don't know how I missed it the first time around. Managed to find a really good price for it and from everything I'm reading about it, it looks just about perfect for my purposes. Apparently it's quite "throwable", too.

There are not good for throwing. A straight shaft is much better for that, better release.
 
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Proceed with caution unless you KNOW he wants a tomahawk. You state what you are looking for in a tomahawk. Better would be to determine what he is looking for and if a tomahawk even fits the bill. See the link below for an example.

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1112798-Gifted-knives-you-never-wanted

I understand the concern, but he has stated many times that he would love to have his hands on a tactical tomahawk in no uncertain terms. We've discussed it at length many times. The things "I'm looking for" are essentially repetitions of things he's told me in the past.
 
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Just from being in for awhile I might be able to help some. So here is my opinion on what a soldier of any combat arms MOS requires. 1. Light weight and compact, although we all know the first rule of SF is to look cool you have to remember that most of your buddys time with this hawk will be with is strapped to his kit in a blackhawk/stryker/mwrap on his way to or from target and let me tell ya that military vehicles nowdays are nothing but straps and wires inside, that plus all the extra gear you wear and ive sren my fair share of professional tough guys gets their kit stuck. So keep that in mind, also keep retention options open so he isn't forced to wear it directly on his belt (SF has drivers too so he might get stuck driving which wouldn't be comfortable to have a hawk strapped to the back of your belt....make sense?. Anyway I hope this helps you or someone else to find the perfect gift

Plus remember that he is going to use the hawk more for entry or as some other tool alot more than he will mel Gibson style.
 
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I've had a VTAC for YEARS and love it. It's very fun to throw, and is super tough. That being said, I just visited RMJ Tactical and picked up a Shrike. It's my new favorite tomahawk. I did learn quite about about the RMJ/CRKT collaborations, and have a friend who is a firearms instructor and former Army guy who loves his Kangee. I believe either would be a good option.
 
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Well, as much as I wanted it to be a surprise, I decided to go ahead and openly discuss the issue with my buddy. He already suspected that I was getting a tomahawk for him anyways and I didn't want to risk getting him something that he wouldn't be particularly pleased with and/or couldn't trust out in the field.

After a little bit of deliberation, he decided on the Kangee (through no coercion on my part, mind you). We'll see how he likes it!

Thanks again for all your help, guys!
 
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I believe Ed's image was a Winkler Sayoc R&D hawk(w/front spike) used on the ballistic vest.
Excellent tactical tomahawk with lots of research into the design.

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