What other tomahawk manufacturers do I not know about?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Chopaholic, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. Chopaholic


    Aug 20, 2018
    I love tomahawks, always have. I've used several of Cold Steel's models as outdoor tools for many years.

    Cold Steel appears to have a monopoly on practical tomahawks. CRKT has been making some that have become popular, but they're too heavy for my liking, more like tomahawk-shaped camp axes. Same goes for Condor's offerings' though they are somewhat better. SOG's Walmarty-looking things and the all-steel "tactical" tomahawks that seem to be everywhere these days don't interest me, and most are too short anyway. Some nice ones go for absurd prices, like RMJs that cost as much as new handguns. I'm not poor, but you'll never see me spending that much dough on an axe, just plain silly. Cold Steel tomahawks have always been the most reliable for me.

    But I recently discovered 2hawks. Haven't bought one yet, but they look promising. Sensible designs at reasonable prices. I'm quite surprised I haven't heard of them before. That makes me wonder what else I'm missing out on. Googling usually just leads me to custom knifemakers who charge thousands for works of functional art, which isn't what I'm into. Does anyone know of any other companies offering "working" tomahawks that I might be interested in and haven't heard of, stuff similar to cold steel but better quality?
  2. junkenstien

    junkenstien Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 15, 2017
    Track of the wolf
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  3. davemonkey

    davemonkey Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 20, 2014
    H&B forge makes some good stuff at a reasonable price.
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  4. oldmanwilly

    oldmanwilly Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    I can vouch that 2Hawks makes an excellent tomahawk. I have one of their Longhunter models and it holds a good edge and gets through moderately sized limbs like a champ.

    I have heard good things about Beaver Bill and Walk By Faith 777 but have no personal experience with either. Likewise Kings Forge & Muzzleloading and North River Custom Knives make attractive hawks but I have no personal experience with these either. Note the latter two sell more expensive hawks (some for more than $200).

    I look forward to seeing other recommendations on this thread.
  5. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    2Hawks have been around for a while and there should be a number of threads on this forum, unless they went away when they changed over the forum.

    I have two, the Longhunter and the WarBeast and love them Longhunter is a classic smaller hawk that is great to carry when you have to deal with extra weight. The WarBeast is the best named product I've come across in a while, it's a freakin Beast! It's bigger, sharp everywhere, and is hard hitting. Great doing business with Devin and he puts out a great product.

    I also have a CS Trailhawk and use it a lot. Great product, especially for the price.

    Years ago I tried to buy from some of the other forges that offer hawks but most had very poor communication and no customer service. One of the best guys that used to be on this forum has retired and it's a shame, his Jack Hawk was phenomenal. I think you could chop rocks and not dull the edge.
  6. mc5aw

    mc5aw Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2011
    For a mass production hawk, I have zero complaints with the Ontario Spike Hawk. It is a tad heavy for it's size, but is indestructible.

    H&B makes excellent traditional hawks, as does Beaver Bill, though his are ~ twice the price of H&B.
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  7. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Are the two hawks Tomahawks cast or are they forged? I'm curious as I've heard they were cast.
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    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
  9. Chopaholic


    Aug 20, 2018
    How about Wolf Creek Forge? I've heard good things about them. I have no idea what their prices are like though, or wait times, product lineup, or anything really. Their website appears to be down.
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  10. JeffG@818

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    Jul 4, 2018
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  11. Chopaholic


    Aug 20, 2018
    Sometimes I wonder if the Cold Steel/ATC tomahawks can even be meaningfully improved upon at all. I've had several, and they've all been bulletproof, defect-free, with edge retention being typical for chopping tools in general, designs available for every preference too. It's like I just want to spend more money for the heck of it or something. Great suggestions so far though. H&B and Beaver Bill definitely look interesting.
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  12. Camber


    Jul 13, 2011
    Justin Burke
  13. the possum

    the possum

    Jul 31, 2002
    If we branch the topic out to pipe tomahawks, there is still only one place I know of where you can get a good functional tool at a reasonable price, and even those must be heat treated and finished yourself. The R. E. Davis company offers some of their cast pipe hawk heads from 6150 steel: http://redaviscompany.com/edgedweapons.html
    And even they didn't offer them until we convinced them to, right here in this forum 12 years ago:

    I've kept an eye out for over 10 years now, & as far as I know, the only other options for a pipe hawk are to get a piece of trash decorator piece, or spend several hundreds (or even thousands) for a custom handmade one.
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  14. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Lonnie Hansen. John
  15. the possum

    the possum

    Jul 31, 2002
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  16. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    They're proper axes, but check out the smaller sizes by Rinaldi. Italian axes use a slip-fit handle like a tomahawk does.
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  17. Kyle363


    Dec 11, 2016
    Deer Mountain Forge. Craig makes tomahawks from tool steel.

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  18. Chopaholic


    Aug 20, 2018
    Rinaldi's stuff looks intriguing.

    Great suggestions all around. I'm glad I made this thread.
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  19. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    I'm glad you made it too.

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