Posted on April 01, 2016
In our most recent article we discussed how the quality of the tool, the design, construction, durability, weight, carry methods, and the reputation of the product should all potentially play a role in your purchase decision making process. In this, our final part of the series, we will go over the last few key things that you should consider when you are looking to invest in a tomahawk.
The first being the appearance. Of course it is always nice to have an awesome looking tool, but the form and looks of the tool should always follow the function unless it happens to be just a collector’s item. If the tool will be used in any activity at all then you should want the function of the tool to be greater than the appearance. That being said it doesn’t mean that the tool can’t both look great and perform flawlessly. Take our Jenny Wren tomahawk for example. It is a beautiful piece of artwork, but when it comes to getting the job done it will never fail you.
The cost of the product is something that everybody thinks of at least once, but most people do not consider investment cost compared to the cost of product failure. For many people they could buy a $200 tool, and if it broke on them it wouldn’t change much. It wouldn’t potentially put them in a life or death scenario. Other people however could have one and it could break when they need it most. Is saving a little money by getting a cheaper product worth the risk? Especially when you factor in that the more expensive one is guaranteed not to break or fail you regardless of what you are demanding of it?
Another great thing to consider would be the individual manufacturers. Who do you think you could build the best relationship with? Who do people seem to talk about liking the most? Who stands behind their products regardless of what happens? These are all very easy things to find out. Google the company or jump on their Facebook page if they have one and you can quickly and easily find places where people are voicing their opinions about products, people, and companies as a whole.
The very last thing that we suggest you take into account would be if the tool is a multi-function tool or is it a multi-feature tool? Many people may ask what the difference in the two is if any, but the truth is there is a huge difference. Typically speaking, a multi-function tool is very simply and sturdily made. It doesn’t have a bunch of bells and whistles to intrigue the eyes, but despite the lack of all the fluff, it can still be used for an unimaginable number of tasks and as was previously stated, it is in a lot of cases a lot stronger than another tool. A multi-feature tool usually has extra bells and whistles on it which usually go unused by the vast majority of people. A lot of the time these extras are machined into the head of the tool which can and does actually make the tool more vulnerable to breaking. Go with the strongest and most versatile looking piece of equipment, not the coolest one that has been designed a certain way because “that’s what the operators want”. The people who say that are full of it. There is a reason that RMJ hawks are the most heavily used tomahawks in our military and Law Enforcement.