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Make Your Own Tactical Tomahawk

What’s a man to do when he can’t afford the current asking prices for a high-quality tactical tomahawks?  Make your own!  No, you don’t have to build a forge or set up an anvil in the living room.  You can start the project with a number of tools that are readily available:

The Estwing Carpenters Hatchet($33.80 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 1.5 lbs.  Overall length: 14.15”

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The Estwing Carpenters Hatchet(Leather Grip)($43.98 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 1.5 lbs.  Overall length: 14.15”

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Estwing Rigbuilder Hatchet ($42.09 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 2.5 lbs.  Overall length: 16.75”

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Stanley Fatmax AntiVibe Carpenters Hatchet($40.65 Amazon.com)

Total weight: 3 lbs.  Overall length: 13”

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I am sure that there are many other tools that would work just as well, but the example we will cover today uses the Estwing Carpenters Hatchet.

The first step was to grind down the lower portion of the blade to create a bit of a curve as opposed to the stock straight edge:

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Next, mark where you want to grind the beard:

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Remove the material using whatever tools you have available(dremel, grinder, cutoff tool, etc.) and give the beard a nice, hollow grind:

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Now it’s time to get started on the spike

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Notice how the spike grind stays right along the top of the upper hammer groove so as not to waste any material:

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Here is a top profile: 

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And the finished product:

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You can also add some artwork to your new tactical tomahawk:

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The poster of these photos warns that “Unfortunately krylon stays sticky on the rubber handles of the Estwings so the recommendation is that you use the McNett camo form tape if you want to do your own like this without having to use duracoat.”

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Be aware that the work in the example posted above was done by Ryan Johnson, who makes high-quality tomahawks for a living.  Your results may vary.  Here are the finished products from other “less professional” sources:

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Get out there and make your own tactical tomahawk!  Let us know how it turned out.

 

Special thanks to those first had this idea and shared it!  Most of this information was collated from the following sources:

http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=68120&sid=9baf501071569ac2a5475efc3b356ec3

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/849469-Estwing-carpenter-hatchet-mod

http://www.silencertalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=112&t=57784&start=50

Tactical Tomahawks: Sayoc Winkler RnD Hawk

R&D-Hawks

The Sayoc Winkler Rnd Hawk is a tactical tomahawk that came from the collaboration of  Sayoc Instructor Rafael Kayanan and Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler.  Kayanan drew from his experience as the Chief Tomahawk Instructor for Sayoc and Winkler from his decades as a  bladesmith.  Their goal was to design a “pure combat” tomahawk for Military Special Operations personnel.

Winkler and Kayanan were introduced to each other by members of Naval Special Warfare for whom they were both providing services.  A collaboration seemed like the natural next step.  It took months of close communication to combine Kayanan’s design ideas with the technical realities and construction expertise of Winkler.  Careful design consideration was Winkler_101121E-web given to materials, weight, multiple grip positions, balance, and “natural fluid motion.”  A year later, the Sayoc/Winkler RnD Hawk was born.  According to Winkler, “…the best and most thoroughly tested Combat Axe available.”

Kayanan’s expertise came into play during the testing of the ergonomics, concealment aspects, multiple grip positions, and grip/edge memory.  Winkler tested the performance aspects in regard to penetration, edge holding, and strength.

According to Kayanan, most of the design variances from traditional tomahawks were to increase the effectiveness of modern grip positions.  The versatility of the R&D Hawk allows “individuals who have expertise in tomahawk close quarter fighting or are adept with various edged weapons like karambits, bowies, and short swords to easily adapt their methods…” says Kayanan.

When asked about the purpose of this tactical tomahawk, Winkler replies, “Getting the job done!”  The military special operations personnel and field professionals using these tactical tomahawks agree.  Hundreds of these tools have been manufactured and sold from the facility in North Carolina.

These tactical tomahawks definitely display a unique synthesis of ergonomics, performance, and aesthetics.  Winkler says that "Weight, balance, quality, materials, attention to the detail… without extra hype” are what differentiate their Hawk from other tactical tomahawks on the market.

Here are the specifications:

Overall length: 13”short winkler

Weight: 22 ounces

Blade length: ~2”

Head length: 6” with Front Spike / 5 ½” with regular head

Head thickness(at thickest point): .375/1000” (about 3/8”)

Blade material: 5160 Steel

Tang Length: Full length tapered and skeletonized tang for strength, weight, and balance

Heat treating: Computer controlled Salt Pot soak and draw

Handle material: Wood, Recycled rubber, or Micarta

Handle Circumference: 4”-4.5”

Grip texturing: Rubber provides best gripping surface either wet or dry. Wood and Micarta handles are sand-blasted to enhance grip texture

Grip diameter: Varies depending on grip position, about 4” to 4 ½”

Metal finish: Caswell no glare or K&G Durable Gun coat

Handle Options: Curly Maple, walnut, Recycled Rubber, or Micarta

Finish Options: Caswell or a variety of K&G finishes – Black, Jungle Camo, Desert Camo, or Woodland Camo.

Size Options: There is also a Compact version available for more discrete carry and close quarter use.

Pricing: $740 – Regular Head style, $760 with Front Spike. (Discount for Military, LE and First Responders)

Custom felt-lined kydex sheath with quick release bungee retainer and rubber two-position belt loops is also available for $75(Molle adaptor is available for an additional $30)

The Sayoc/Winker R&D Hawks can be purchased here or you can email daniel@winklerknives.com

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To see more of Daniel’s work be sure to visit http://www.winklerknives2.com/

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