Posted by Lucas Franco de Siqueira / Edited by Richard Carmack, Olivia Barbour, Lucas Franco de Siqueira on June 30, 2016
Tomahawks are rapidly growing in popularity. What was solely considered a tactical tool for the war zones is now used as a practical tool in hiking, hunting, camping, rescuing, fishing, and even cooking at times.
Tomahawks were known by people interested in military history or war stories. This beautiful weapon was used by Native Americans, pioneers, frontiersmen, and by the US soldiers as they started being issued to them to the war of 1812. It became popular again in the Vietnam War, and then, in Iraq and many other military actions; however, many people looking for safety, practicality, style, and confidence are now understanding what an incredible tool a tomahawk is, so they are exploring the tomahawk market.
As much as we love seeing a passion of ours becoming more popular, we do have the duty to help those interested in tomahawks with better guidance. We do not want to take advantage of this trend by simply focusing on more sales; We care about the safety, the reliability, and the purposes of the use of a tomahawk. We love the meanings behind what we create; therefore, regardless if you are thinking about having one of our tomahawks or the product of another company, the first step is identifying how this tool will be beneficial for your uses. You need to make sure that your needs will be met with the chosen tomahawk. So you don't experience buyer's remorse.
So, we came up with a little list to help you out!
What to Consider When Buying a Tomahawk?
1 - USE - What is it for?
Are you planning on using the tool for fun on the weekends or do you need it for possible life and death situations? Is it for professional use or recreational/private use? Will you possibly need it to break into a car and rescue a child or to leave it on your shelf of collectibles?
This will help you understand what features the tomahawk should have, and for what purposes it will be necessary.
2 - Cost of Failure.
You get a less expensive product but when you need it the most... it fails. What will the cost of that failure be? Will you have less wood for the camp fire or will that cost hours of your day? Can it possibly cost a human life?
That standard will guide you as you search for the quality of the tomahawk.
3 - Durability.
How reliable will your tomahawk be in the long-run? Is it worth it to pay less now, but not be able to count on it in a year? Or, is it better to make an investment that will suit your needs with high quality for extended periods of time?
This concept will help you distinguish between impulsiveness in buying a tomahawk because it looks cool, or having one that will become important in your life and that you can pass down to future generations.
4 - Warranty.
If you do end up having a broken tomahawk in hand, will the manufacturer take care of you? Do they care about the product after the sale? Can you count on these people?
This is helpful for the process of deciding where and from whom to buy.
5 - Design - Form, materials, and function.
Is it for a single purpose or multi-use? Why is it designed for? Who is the intended user?
Are you planning on solely using for your hikes? Or are you planning on carrying as much as possible for unprecedented emergency cases?
Why is it shaped in that particular way? You might like the look of a tomahawk, but maybe that form will limit its usefulness. We need to understand the product in the context of our needs.
The same thing applies to the materials used to build the tool. Some materials are more durable than others. If you intend to carry your tomahawk around as much as possible, then, you probably need a light tomahawk that comes with a scabbard that allows multiple mounting carrying options.
Also, the design has to connect with you.
You will probably never see a tough guy going to a hunt driving a smart car. It is simple. That car does not align itself with the personality, style, and preferences of the driver in that occasion.
The same thing applies to your tomahawk. Like a piece of clothing that makes you feel good, look good, and show your true self to others, the tomahawk is an extension of you and your adventurous spirit.
6 - Weight and Size - How is It to Carry?
A twenty-three inch long and fifty-three ounces ax can look intimidating. But, is it the best idea to go up on a mountain with it in a backpack full of equipment? Maybe, for that occasion, the best is a smaller and lighter tactical tomahawk that is easy to carry.
Do you need a light and easy-to-handle hawk or do you want a massive tool to play around? What is your need?
How versatile is the tool? Is it easy to attach to packs, belts, or bags? You do not want to buy the product, and then, instead of becoming an asset it becomes an uncomfortable weight to carry around.
Also, is it easy to deploy? Can you take it off the scabbard in less than a second or is it a long process for you to detach the tool from its carrying system? Most of the times, the point of having a tomahawk is being ready for action. But, it does not matter if you have the right tool if at the time of an emergency you cannot use it right away.
Great eye opener!
7 - What is the Reputation of the Company that You Intend to Buy from? Are tomahawks a sideline or the primary focus of the manufacturer?
If hawks are the main product of the manufacturer, you know that they have expertise on those tools, and their products are more likely to be reliable.
Check online reviews, watch videos, look into different hawks and talk to people that have your desired product. Buying a tomahawk is not spending money. It is an investment in yourself. Do it right.
This tip will help you be confident at the time of the purchase.
We hope that this list will give clarity to the process of finding the best hawk for you. If you have any questions, please contact us! We are always happy when talking about tomahawks.
Here are a few videos on different uses of this special tool: