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Cold Steel Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overall

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Part Number: CS90TH
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
Retail Price: $39.99
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CS90TH: Trail Hawk
Cold Steel

Modeled after an early frontier pattern, our Trail Hawk can do it all. It's an excellent chopper and has a functional hammer poll with a hardened face so you can drives nails, hammer in stakes, and smash or crush just about anything. Best of all it's extremely lightweight and compact so it's a cinch to tuck it under your belt or lash it to a pack or shooting bag.

Drop Forged Tomahawks

These superb tomahawks are precision drop forged from 1055 Carbon steel. Drop forging is, without doubt, the best method of manufacture for any impact weapon, particularly one with a cutting edge. During the forging process a metal ingot is heated almost white hot and then formed into shape in a series of progressive dies. The large steel dies are fixed to enormous compressed air hammers. Each die hammers the hot metal into a gradually more finished shape. The steel is kneaded and compressed into a completely homogenous mass making the grain structure uniform and minimizing gas pockets or other imperfections that can ruin the construction of a hand forged hawk. This is why most good axes, hatchets, and hammers are drop forged.

These hawks are differentially heat treated. This means that the cutting edge and hammer face is fully hardened, while the balance is left relatively soft to absorb the shock of striking blows.

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  • Primary Edge: 2 1/4"
  • Overall: 22"
  • Hawk: 6 1/2"
  • Weight: 19.1 oz.
  • Sheath Sold Separately
  • Head: Made in Taiwan; Handle: Made in USA
Drop forged 1055 carbon steel with straight grain American Hickory handles. Weights are approximate.

UPC Code: 705442003991

Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
4.439 (41 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Apr 16, 2014
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Very nice
The edge needed touched up some before it was really sharp, and the handle needed a little shaping to fit the head properly. The handle was too slick at first, but a little work fixed this issue. I didn't like the set screw in the head, but it is easily removed if you don't want it. I wanted to be able to put it in a pack and being able to remove the handle is really nice for this. The lighter weight was nice for this too. Good quality product.
2 out of 5
Shannon Iii
Bellingham, WA
Apr 10, 2014
Pros: Balance, Handle Material, Weight, Head Material
Cons: Construction, None
head is laterally screwed into the handle by a tiny hex/star screw...
I haven't had the chance to use this object for its intended purpose, but I have smacked the hammer head and the ax head against wood to simulate camping experiences: after one decent smack, the head is loose and rattles in the handle. This can be temporarily fixed by torquing the star screw tighter into the wood; however, this means that it will eventually burrow far enough into the wood that it will no longer contact the tomahawk head--in essence drilling into the center of the post--which will make the head fall down toward the wrist. I am currently soaking the head in water to swell the wood, and I am going to spike the top, but since the bottom aperture is wider than the top by a lot, I have no idea how efficacious this will be. I do love the weight and balance of this tool/weapon. I do love the handle geometry, which is egg shaped--end on--with the thinner radius toward the ax head and the fatter radius toward the hammer. this lets you feel tool orientation even in the dark. I also love the price, and the coating over carbon steel which makes maintenance easier to prevent rust. If not for the weird lateral screw construction, this tomahawk would have gotten five stars; however, I am a stickler for logic, and an impact tool that has a catastrophic joint failure upon impact is pretty much a toy without some modification.
4 out of 5
Huntington Beach, Ca
Jan 23, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Balance, Weight, Head Material
Cons: None
Great tool at a great price but it needs finishing work before you use it. Before you do anything remove the setscrew on the side of the head and throw it away. Sand the haft and fit the head to it properly. \ Great hawk and great choice of steel. Dump the setscrew and fit the head properly. This is a heavy hawk so it's best left at camp or in the car. I'm planning on buying a pipe hawk next.
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