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 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”
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 [email protected]
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