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Recommendation? Beginner T-hawk

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by DeadEyeIce, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. DeadEyeIce


    Sep 9, 2014
    Recomend me a good beginners tomahawk. I have looked at and considered the CRKT Woods Chogan and Woods Kangee. What others should I consider?

  2. RedWolf4


    Oct 20, 2019
    Any of the cold steel tomahawks. They're cheap, and they work.
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  3. Riz!


    May 5, 2014
    Chogan and Kangee are heavy
  4. thebrain


    Dec 12, 2007
    The cold steel hawks are well made and can be found at good prices. The trail hawk is the most "traditional" style, meaning lightweight and with a fairly narrow bit. The rifleman's hawk is very heavy and axe like.
  5. BitingSarcasm

    BitingSarcasm Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Start with a Cold Steel Trail Hawk. It is the lightest and fastest easily-available Hawk, with the added benefit of a hardened poll. It does a good job of showing what is possible at a low weight, and you can always go heavier later. The cheeks already come relatively thin for a CS Hawk, they won’t need work and the bit is small enough to file or sharpen handily. I have a Woods Kangee, and it is really heavy, like hatchet heavy, with very thick cheeks. Same thing with the CS Rifleman,it hits like a framing hammer because it weighs as much as one. The Kangee also decided the spike question for me, I don’t care for them for regular use. A Trail Hawk will help you dial in your personal preferences.
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  6. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    Another vote for Cold Steel. There are several different models, and they're cheap enough to experiment with. Find out what you like, or don't like, then when you move up to a custom you already know which features work for you.

    If I was going to get a CRKT 'hawk, I'd go with the Nobo. Personal preference for lighter and faster 'hawks, for most uses.
  7. littleknife


    Nov 29, 2000
    I also recommend the Cold Steel Hawks.
    I like the Pipe Hawk and the Norse Hawk better than the Trail Hawk or the Frontier Hawk, but that's just me.
  8. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Yet another Cold Steel vote. I've had about 8 of them over the years. The trail hawk is a great little pack tool. For hiking, most won't need more than that. I have had two Rifleman's hawks, and they are really heavy. I keep one in my truck as a beater tool.

    I lean toward the frontier hawk as the best all around hawk for my needs. Chops pretty well and throws nicely. My daughter has a Norse hawk for throwing. Its a bit thick at the edge.
  9. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    For $125, check out the 2Hawks Longhunter, a more traditional light and fast hawk. Not exactly cheap, but really really good.
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  10. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Two thumbs up for both the Cold Steel and 2Hawks tomahawks. The CS hawks are inexpensive but tough and fun to use. The 2Hawks are a bit pricier but worth every penny. Great edge retention and tough as nails.

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