RMJ Tactical Custom Raven Tomahawk 14.5" Overall, Black Cord Wrapped Handle, Leather Sheath
RMJRAVEN14: Custom Raven Axe by Reid Carmack
The Raven is a full-custom Nordic-inspired bearded axe that is as tough as they come. Hand-forged from super-tough 80CRV2 steel, it is a true working axe, not just a safe queen. The neck features Viking knotwork design forged into the steel while the handle is wrapped in black 550 paracord. It comes with a custom Chattanooga Leather Works scabbard and leather ring baldric for belt or MOLLE carry. The Raven is designed, forged, and finished by crew member Reid Carmack. Exact specs may vary.
It takes more than an aggressive look or a gray and black finish to make a tomahawk a tactical tomahawk. Remember, tomahawks were "tactical" for hundreds of years in their original forms. That is, they met the needs of the soldiers and frontiersmen as both a tool and a weapon in the battlefield conditions they encountered. In the view of RMJ Tactical, a contemporary tactical tomahawk should be able to withstand all modern battlefield conditions — areas ranging from the Salt Lake City, Utah, Olympics, to the Jungles of South America, to the rugged mountains in Afghanistan. RMJ Tactical tomahawks have been carried in all three.
A tactical tomahawk should be easy to use and carry. A well-designed tomahawk feels like a natural extension of the arm. The use of it should be intuitive. It is interesting to note that people throughout history have been naturally inclined to "hack" with a bladed object. As for the tomahawk scabbard, it should securely hold the tomahawk in place while making it easy to draw the tomahawk out. Also, the modern scabbard should have multiple carrying options. Finally, the modern tactical tomahawk should be able to perform as an efficient tool and weapon for the many tasks soldiers and officers encounter. RMJ Tactical makes tomahawks that meet these requirements. It is not by chance; it comes from many hundreds of hours of design time, customer input, customer requests, and testing, testing, testing.
To embark on designing a tomahawk that will be used in modern combat means embracing a new set of serious design issues that were previously not considered. The end-user today is not necessarily interested in the historical aspects of the piece. The end-user is not as interested in aesthetics. The most important part of the design is that the hawk can perform its tasks without any failure and with deadly efficiency. Worst-case scenarios are played out with use, abuse, environment, and duration.
When Jimmy Lyle designed the knife used in the movie First Blood, he commented that when designing the knife, he imagined himself stranded in the wilderness with just a knife. Then, he tried to think of all the things he would need in a knife to get out alive. The design process takes a similar route, drawing on not only RMJ's experience, but more importantly the experience of those who have been involved in Special Op missions, and those who have found themselves on the battlefield in ugly situations.
There are three design laws when it comes to tactical weapons:
1. Don't neglect what has worked for centuries. Use lines and features that worked well in battles past and discard the rest.
2. Always take past and present battlefield conditions into consideration, and appropriately utilize both old and new materials in the best way possible to meet these conditions.
3. Strike the best balance possible between the most efficient design and the worst-case scenario design. Do this by drawing on the experience of others, and by extensively testing your design.
- Tough and durable in harsh environments
- Easy to use and carry
- Very unique, each bears distinctive hammer marks
- Able to perform as a tool and weapon to assist in the many tasks that soldiers and officers encounter
- Leather scabbard with Straps
- Lifetime Guarantee
- Chopping (including through doors and locks)
- A come-along
- "Rake and break"
- Breaking through brick and cinder block walls
- Punching and cutting through sheet metal
- Punching through body armor, easily reaching target areas of the body
- Overall Length: 14.50"
- Blade Steel: 80CRV2 Carbon Steel
- Handle Material: 550 Paracord, Black
- Sheath Material: Leather
- Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz.
- Handmade in the USA