I am interested in getting a tomahawk/small axe custom built with the goal of adding it to my bug out gear. But there are lots of different issues that may have an impact that I am not aware of or have not yet figured out. So I am starting a thread on ZS.
Because I am thinking about bugging out, lighter weight is better. I expect the right size for me will be about 26 -32 oz and about 20-26” but I am open to other ideas. I want something that will be a very general and useful tool, but able to serve for self defense.
wood or other material?
straight or curved?
Wrapped or plain?
Head to handle joint?
hammer joint, mattock joint, cast into head [i.e. friskars], forge socket handle, or other?
length of cutting edge?
Sharpened on bottom? On top? Or just on the front?
Lower beard? if so pointed or flat?
top of cutting edge; straight or up-swept?
this is where it really gets interesting there are so many back edge possibilities, some of the classics are; unadorned, hammer head, or a spike of various kinds. But there are some other possibilities like, sling shot [comments Jorge?], atl-atl, bladed or non-bladed hook [to help gathering food], utility blade, integral set screw to help with scrounged handles, digging blade [a toma-kawalski?] pry bar tip.
What else can you thk of that might be good to put on the back of a tomahawk?
Other possible features:
hole to accept carabiner/dummy cord
side of head modifications
use as a stand alone blade
place to strike a firesteel
One thing that is worth clarifying is a head only designed to take a scrounged handle when put to task, 1ike the Scatchet (see http://www.2hawks.net/ASKATCHET.html
Use as a stand alone utility blade is well set out here with the haket :http://www.topsknives.com/product_info.php?products_id=325
I grew up with axes, and am very comfortable with them. I got my 1st hatchet for Christmas when I was 6. So every kit I build wants an axe, but they are so heavy; and as great as they are most of them are single use items. Which leads me to where I am now.
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