By Jon M.
The Truth About Tomahawks: they’re really, really hard to throw properly. And an insane amount of fun.
I’m not going to lie, I initially thought throwing a tomahawk was the dumbest thing on the planet, but I’m very grateful that good sense took a break and the urge to chuck a hunk of metal at stumps took over. What was initially meant to be a day of practicing drawstroke and reloads with the pistol quickly turned into tomahawk fever and not a shot was fired. A surprisingly fantastic day!
Quick impressions of the Cold Steel Trail Hawk:
-Extremely lightweight and deft, priced nicely for around $30.
-The head is simple, light, very nicely forged and came pleasantly sharp, and the black coating is dang tough. For some reason however, Cold Steel decided that a set screw and threading on the right side of the head was a desirable feature, not realizing that all this would do is gouge the crap out of the haft before eventually stripping the set screw out under the mildest of chopping, much less brutal throwing abuse.
-The provided hickory handle sucks. There’s just no nice way to say it, it sucks bad. There’s just the hint of a taper near where the head is supposed to be, and instead of nicely wedging itself on the handle via centripetal force, it rattled, fit poorly, and never really sat firmly no matter how much we tried to wedge it on there. It can be used, but not with the utmost confidence needed for slinging a piece of sharpened steel around. Definitely the most disappointing point found so far.
Testing of the more practical and exhaustive kind will commence shortly, but I can only hope there’s some way to salvage the handle because the Cold Steel Trail Hawk is pretty cool so far.
And just so everyone knows, after three hours on-and-off of trial and error, tragedy and triumph, we did finally make it stick.
Jon Marshall is our newest contributor and this is the second piece he has done for us. His other is here. We have created for him a byline of his own and he is going to begin to contribute when he has the time.
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