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    Been thinking of getting a tomahawk just cause I can no other reason maybe some light chopping anyone have any experience with one Ive been looking at the cold steel range they seem good for the price

    Cheers

  • #2
    They aren't much good for anything other than kindling, used a variety of things recently for cleaning up some logs to make strainers with, the tommy was the most useless thing there! A heavy cane knife (or corn knife) would be handy.

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    • #3
      SOG make an awesome looking tactical style tommohawk, I've been thinking of getting one for when the zombies come.
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      • Gwion
        Gwion commented
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        In my opinion there are tommy axes and then there are tommy axes...

        Most, as Chewie says, are pretty useless. I managed to procure a tommy axe about 15 years ago that has been very useful. It has a long cutting surface; think Canadian style logging axes with narrow sleeve (can't remember tech term) for handle and broad blade. I think the term is BEARDED. Much better design for chopping in and emergency than the standard tommy we usually find around Australian hardware stores.

        I just found a pic that shows the blade shape (ignore the back spike). Mind you, this thing is $350. Mine is a good old el-cheapo with similiar shape. Very good for chop chop, not just kindling.



        Google buy tomahawk australia. You'll be blown away by the range of wanna be zombie slaying axes available; i was anyway!

    • #4
      I am no expert axeman, but I do know that the edge grind on an axe makes all the difference.

      Typical eurpoean and American axe grinds are thin for cutting effectively in softwoods. A suitable grind for Australia is optimised for hardwoods and is a thicker grind with a steeper cutting angle. This makes chips better than the thin grinds and clears the cut area for the next impact.

      I've got a few tomahawks and find that the two best ones are an old Fiskars camping axe I bought back in 1990, and an Estwing trimming axe I bought a few years back. The Fiskars axe is ground well from the factory, but the Estwing needed to be re-ground from the thin profile to a thicker wedge.

      The current incarnation of the Fiskars is this one.


      http://au.fiskars.com/Gardening-Yard-Care/Products/Wood-Branches/Axes/121420-Fiskars-Chopping-Axe-X7

      From there you really do step up to a Grunfors Brucks, Wetterlings or Tuatahi and they are surprisingly expensive.

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      • several
        several commented
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        Originally posted by adamjp" post=25734
        I am no expert axeman, but I do know that the edge grind on an axe makes all the difference.

        Typical eurpoean and American axe grinds are thin for cutting effectively in softwoods. A suitable grind for Australia is optimised for hardwoods and is a thicker grind with a steeper cutting angle. This makes chips better than the thin grinds and clears the cut area for the next impact.

        I've got a few tomahawks and find that the two best ones are an old Fiskars camping axe I bought back in 1990, and an Estwing trimming axe I bought a few years back. The Fiskars axe is ground well from the factory, but the Estwing needed to be re-ground from the thin profile to a thicker wedge.

        The current incarnation of the Fiskars is this one.


        http://au.fiskars.com/Gardening-Yard-Care/Products/Wood-Branches/Axes/121420-Fiskars-Chopping-Axe-X7

        From there you really do step up to a Grunfors Brucks, Wetterlings or Tuatahi and they are surprisingly expensive.
        I had Tuatahi racing axe, I think the guys name who makes em is Ross Hampson. Sadly the face came out of the cutting edge when it hit a knot in the wood, great axes but the racing or speed choping ones are very thin and damage easily.

    • #5
      are you looking for a tomahawk or a hatchet

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      • #6
        Something like this be OK?

        http://www.outdoorswarehouse.com.au/products/Recon-Survival-Axe.html

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        • Gwion
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          Depends what you want it for. That's almost a field butchery cleaver rather than a tommy axe.

          Doesn't look like enough forward weight to me, but that's just me being lazy. I want the axe to do the work and not my arms! :P

          Anyway... what do you want it for, exactly? Fire wood? Field dressing game? Emergency defence aginst zombies and wild dogs???

      • #7
        This is the type of tomahawk I was looking at Ive ordered one now should have it end of week
        Attached Files

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        • #8
          A bit OT but I'm looking at buying a Fiskars X11 which is their smallest splitting axe to be used when camping and I have to bring in firewood.

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          • #9
            I want one of these

            http://www.swampratknifeworks.com/kill-devil-sniper-hawk/
            “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing” - Edmund Burke

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            • #10
              hardcore hardware Australian owned and made

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              • Gwion
                Gwion commented
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                Originally posted by ragonfand" post=25877
                hardcore hardware Australian owned and made
                Yup. Their was the one i tried to post a pic of. Awesome looking tommies, somewhat extreme and very expensive, but they sure look good!

                http://www.hardcorehardware.com.au/weapons/lft01.php

            • #11
              hardcore hardware, here's the pics






              not a fan of any of them personally, i prefer a tool that will do as many jobs as possible and i don't really care for tactical looks

              to me i want a tool that can split kindling, chop small logs or branches and hammer in or straighten tent pegs.......oh wait that's a hatchet. carry on!

              steve

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              • Gwion
                Gwion commented
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                Originally posted by 6602steven" post=25942
                to me i want a tool that can split kindling, chop small logs or branches and hammer in or straighten tent pegs.......oh wait that's a hatchet. carry on!

                steve
                Steve, I can be pretty confident in saying that Autralians use the word tomahawk for all manner of small hand axes.
                I agree, though. The "tactical" axes are a bit pointless, except for the impending zombie apocalyps! HAHA...
                (actually, the whoile zombie thing is annoying and getting old! Unless it's another good Bgrade movie, like Zombieland!)
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