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Estwing tomahawk; leather or vinyl handle?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by tommytman, Aug 16, 2020.

  1. tommytman

    tommytman

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    Aug 12, 2019
    I like the estwing tomahawk.
    Any disadvantage to the leather handle?
     
  2. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    513
    Jan 24, 2008
    What are you going to do with it?
     
  3. tommytman

    tommytman

    178
    Aug 12, 2019
    Chop stuff up ! And beat holes in stuff too!
     
  4. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator Gold Member Gold Member

    513
    Jan 24, 2008
    If you'll be out in the wet weather, you might want to avoid the leather.
     
  5. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    The Estwings balance and handle like a hammer. I love my tomahawk and double bit, but there is no getting around the fact that they are made like a hand tool.

    For that reason, I didn't go to the extra expense or maintenance effort of leather. Rubber grips work just fine. I have been abusing mine for a few years now. Besides some scuffed paint, they are holding up well. The handles are dirty but look brand new otherwise.
     
  6. Mick Boardman

    Mick Boardman Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 15, 2020
    I like the leather, and it looks to have a coating on it, so it’s probably zero maintenance. D87FB0B3-A229-4AB1-AD36-083E78DB7238.jpeg D87FB0B3-A229-4AB1-AD36-083E78DB7238.jpeg
     
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  7. thebrain

    thebrain

    Dec 12, 2007
    The leather handles don't really age well unless you take good care of them. The rubberized handles hold up to almost no care, it is the same material as the hammers and I have seen them heavily used for decades with the only results being they get a bit less soft. I think the leather is more comfortable for some things but the rubber is cushioned and transmits less vibration.
     
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  8. Mick Boardman

    Mick Boardman Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 15, 2020
    I have an old Estwing hammer with blue rubber handle,it was used when I got it in 1980 and it is still intact, no cracks. I’ll still stick with leather, it just looks nicer. 7F676E75-3A27-4933-9A1A-F213EB62C542.jpeg
     
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  9. thunderstick

    thunderstick

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    Jan 15, 2007
    In my experience the leather washers eventually shrink and get loose unless you can keep it well hydrated. I had a hammer, and saw others which through regular use and no maintenance shrink and get loose.
     
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  10. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    445
    Nov 7, 2016
    Rubber. The leather grips in my opinion are much too wide and large
     
  11. Nixelplix

    Nixelplix

    Mar 26, 2003
    The leather is pretty but the plastic handles are tough and shock absorbent.
     
  12. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Do they come with a head cover ?
     
  13. Nixelplix

    Nixelplix

    Mar 26, 2003
    Yes, it is a nylon sheath with snaps.
     
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  14. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Definitely need one . [​IMG]
     
  15. Nixelplix

    Nixelplix

    Mar 26, 2003
    Here are my Estwings

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    A little worse for wear.
     
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  16. Nixelplix

    Nixelplix

    Mar 26, 2003
    Another Estwing followed me home
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  17. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 6, 2017
    I like the leather, and it has a finish on it that is maintenance free. Theyre comfortable and durable, and can be repaired if it needs it in the long term unlike rubber which will eventually degrade. Most importantly, stacked leather looks great! :D
     
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  18. Goose 7279

    Goose 7279 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 22, 2015
    The leather looks nicer and easy enough to repair or replace.the synthetic is tough doesnt feel or look as good but I have destroyed the synthetic handle material and replaced it with leather on a few estwings that I throw.
     
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  19. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Bunch of enables . [​IMG]
     
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  20. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 7, 2016
    Nice. Great tools.
     

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