Do you want a useful tool that can dig out a foxhole, open those pesky security doors, help you remove IEDs, fend off Viking invaders, and be concealed under a suit jacket or tuxedo for those high-stakes weddings? Then you are in need of one tactical tomahawks. Not only for all your combat, but also your day-to-day needs as well.
Whether you are looking for something more utilitarian to make your job easier, or something for your next brutal match in the Thunderdome, you’ll find something on this list perfect for you, and even something that might just be right for your lady. With something for every budget, we’ve outlined 12 of our favorite tomahawks.
United Cutlery Black Ronin
Ordinarily, you wouldn’t want to throw a tactical tomahawk since the end result is usually that you have to go out and buy a new tomahawk since yours is now lost, dull, or in the hands of someone else. If you absolutely must have a tactical ‘hawk to chuck around for fun or competition, then the Black Ronin is going to be your best bet. They’re inexpensive and the multiple protrusions, long poll spike, and spiked handle mean that even on half turns and partial throws, you’re likely to get it to stick somewhere. You probably will want to buy more than one at a time though.
SOG F01T Tactical Tomahawk
The SOG Tactical Tomahawk is the updated version of the ‘hawk model that found popularity with soldiers in Vietnam. The broader stainless steel head and fiberglass body are intended for use in heavily wooded or jungle environments since it is better at chopping or path clearing than some of the other options. The vicious spike on the poll side can go in deep and won’t come out easily. This is your daddy’s tomahawk in all the best ways.
Browning Shock N’ Awe
This is the “standard sidearm” of the tomahawk world. Like the RnD it has a singular, deadly purpose. It’s a nasty little customer with a long puncturing spike on the poll side that is meant to go in and pull out cleanly. It isn’t quite as fancy as the RnD since it is best employed as a fighting hand axe rather than a multiple-use close-quarters combat weapon. You won’t need to learn as many special skills, or spend as much money, but for what it does, it does with violent efficiency.
Smith & Wesson E&E Tomahawk
The Extraction and Evasion model by S&W doesn’t specialize in any particular area but rather gives you better than average usage in all arenas. It is light enough for combat, sturdy enough for some breaching, and able to punch and pry thanks to the full tang head. Basically it is the standard fallback for those days when you aren’t sure what you’ll face. The E&E will prepare you to face any challenge.
It looks like a hatchet, but don’t let that confuse you. While it can handle some light chopping, it is much better at prying open cars like sardine cans. If you need to dig through consumer-grade metal, the Kangee will allow you to do so with speed and precision. The smaller design gives you high penetration while the shape pulls apart your target with every swing. The hammer on the poll side keeps the weight low and gives an effective blunt instrument not common in tactical tomahawks.
If you want something that is intended for lighter breaching – say, for those times when you are in a battle in the suburbs – the Downrange will give you a lighter tool that goes through wood, drywall, and glass like a champ. It is lighter to reduce muscle and carry fatigue and chews up most urban and residential materials. The blunt poll is handy for knocking out hinges or locks. This is much better used for those that work enforcement or policing rather than full-blown combat. Though you still wouldn’t want to be on the business end of it.
Benchmade Killian Forged 172
If you ever find yourself trapped in a bomb shelter, this is the tool you’ll want at your side. It is the heavy breachers dream. The full tang head is perfect for prying open the toughest of obstacles. Picking it up, it feels more like a heavy-duty crowbar than a tomahawk. Unless you want to blow out your shoulder, you wouldn’t try to do much chopping or fighting, but when it comes to getting through a door or a wall, the 172 has few rivals.
Hardcore Hardware LFT01
The standard rule is that with high impact power and force, you need to use a larger hawk. That is usually true, but the LFT01 breaks the mold by giving dominant penetration and destructive performance without excessive size. The large head works well for digging as well as busting open locks or those pesky brick walls. As far as tactical tomahawks go, this gives you all the “Hulk Smash” capability you need while not wearing you down as you use it. The multiple grips improve combat performance for hatchet and knife fighters, while also allowing for dual-handed wielding for those times when you need to ventilate something with a quickness.
RMJ Tactical S13 Shrike
Ask any active duty personnel that have been in a hot zone which tomahawk they use, and the Shrike is going to be your answer most of the time. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than hardcore and intended for heavy work. The reason it is so beloved – and feared – is the full tang design that makes the head and shaft one piece, so there is 0 chance of separation. It is equally good for breaching, prying, digging, and combat uses, though its weight makes it tiring for any long periods of swinging.
Jenny Wren Spike
What do you get the woman who has everything? You get her a tomahawk! The Jenny Wren is fast and lightweight enough to easily be carried in a purse, but serious enough for close-quarters combat that no fool who wants to keep his blood on the inside would call it “girly.” It is only 11.5 inches long and weighs 18.5 ounces so it can only be used for light breaching, but is great for quick fights or distance throwing. The really impressive feat is the penetration of the spike.
The Ominvore is intended to be the all-in-one outdoor tomahawk. It handles chopping, breaching, fighting, and slicing up the perfect onion blossom before the game. Its light weight and versatility make it best for survival needs. This is the tactical choice for the hiker, backpacker, or extraction and evasion specialist that needs to live through the day rather than the entrenched soldier or battle-hardened field operative.
Sayoc Winkler RnD Hawk
The RnD Hawk wasn’t necessarily made with “tactics” in mind unless those tactics are “fight to the death.” The designers wanted to make something that was created specifically for active Special Operations soldiers. It has multiple grip positions, a lightweight design, impeccable balance, and a vicious head clearly designed with a singular purpose. Make no mistake about it, this is a weapon, not a tool.