Broken crkt Chogan, is it ok to throw full tang hawks?

Rat Finkenstein

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A hawk should hold up to throwing. The most you should expect from a bad throw with a full tang hawk is possible damage to any scales it might have.






I haven't even had that much happen.
 
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The only tomahawk I've made has been thrown hundreds of times at ridiculous distances and targets with no issues. I wouldn't expect that from every full tang hawk, because I built mine to play with. That said, you get what you pay for. The price of a CRKT doesn't quite justify a fantastic heat treat...
 
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The estwing is pretty inexpensive and I bet it can stand up to heck of a lot of use or abuse.
 
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The curve at the pommel makes the Chogan throw poorly anyway. IMO, a straight shaft makes for a better thrower anyway, much better release. In that regard, the CRKT full tang hawks are not for throwing.
 
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Hey guys, first time poster here. Just food for thought on the name tomahawk. I'm sure the DoD had a lobbing weapon in mind when the Tomahawk cruise missile was so named. Not to say all tomahawks are for throwing, but I can understand why some have that idea.
 

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A properly tempered tang on a full tang hawk should never break.
 

BenR.T.

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Don't get me wrong, I am NOT surprised the tang broke on that hawk and I am not surprised that an $80 factory knife breaks when someone batons it.
Most factory knives (all that I know of) are through hardened and through tempered. Meaning that the entire blade and tang is at the same hardness.
Most custom makers doing full tang tomahawks (including myself); will give the tang a spring temper, which is incredibly tough.
 
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Don't get me wrong, I am NOT surprised the tang broke on that hawk and I am not surprised that an $80 factory knife breaks when someone batons it.
Most factory knives (all that I know of) are through hardened and through tempered. Meaning that the entire blade and tang is at the same hardness.
Most custom makers doing full tang tomahawks (including myself); will give the tang a spring temper, which is incredibly tough.

From what I've read, both from Toooj and Mr. Becker himself, the KA-BAR series is differentially tempered/heated, so the blade portion is harder for edge retention whereas the tang portion is springier for durability. Whether or not CRK follows the same process is unknown.
 
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I am on the fence about it, I think at least he should take responsibility for breaking it rather than blame CRKT for not calling it a battle hatchet.
I assume most things I throw could break.

Given all the junk many mass produced knife makers pawn off to their customers I wouldn't worry about CRKT having to replace something IMHO. This isn't to say that hawk is junk but betting there is no injustice being done.
 
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I think throwing and tomahawk go hand in hand. This really bums me out cause I was looking into getting a kangee but that handle design looks awful.
 
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