Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath - H02


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SPH02: H02 Genzow HatchetHawk
The Genzow HatchetHawk is an exciting addition to the Spyderco product line that not only expands the scope of the cutting tools they offer, but also allowed them to once again push the envelope of engineering, materials and manufacturing methods.
Martin Genzow is a German outdoor enthusiast with decades of experience using all types of axes and tomahawks in the field. He is also an avid historian with exceptional insight into the subtle design differences that define various types of axes, as well as how those nuances affect their performance in different applications. 

Based on his unique foundation of both historical knowledge and real-world experience, a number of years ago Genzow began developing his own concept for a versatile, high-performance utility tomahawk. His goal was to integrate the best features of a traditional Francesca (or Francisca, an axe used by the Franks during the Early Middle Ages), a classic bearded axe and a tomahawk to create a hybrid design that was both more versatile and more efficient to use.

After countless revisions and refinements, Genzow was confident enough to present his concept — and the extensive logic behind it — to Spyderco founder Sal Glesser and his son Eric. They were impressed with the painstaking detail of Genzow's design and the clear, concise reasoning behind all its key qualities. Although the concept was well outside Spyderco's established scope of folding and fixed blade knives, they were also intrigued by the challenge it represented. After careful consideration, Sal and Eric decided to pursue the project and collaborate with Genzow on what was originally intended as Spyderco's first foray into the manufacture of axes. As fate would have it, other Spyderco axe designs (specifically, the Laci Szabo SzaboHawk and Warrior Hawk) were ultimately released sooner, but the seed for Genzow HatchetHawk had been firmly planted and they remained committed to seeing the project through. Spyderco is confident that the result was well worth the wait.

In addition to its remarkable hybrid design, the Genzow HatchetHawk is unique in that it incorporates the very best of both old-school craftsmanship and state-of-the-art materials and engineering. Its head is drop forged from tough 5160 tool steel and meticulously heat treated to ensure optimal performance of all its different working surfaces. It is then expertly hand finished to exacting specifications, while still maintaining the slightly rustic character of a forging.
The head has a classic bearded profile that is complemented by a raised toe (top point) and a slightly canted edge angle. This highly refined design provides a longer working edge and allows it to excel at both chopping and detailed cutting chores. The underside of the beard is also beveled to create a working surface for scraping. When viewed from the top, the sinuous contours of the head's thickness reveal its sophisticated design. They not only ensure extreme strength and a powerful wedging force when used for chopping, but also precisely distribute its weight for exceptional power, balance, and control.

For maximum versatility, the opposite side of the head's cutting edge has a hammer poll that allows the HatchetHawk to be used for driving tent stakes, nails and spikes, as well as other tasks that require focused impact instead of a sharp edge.

The HatchetHawk's highly refined handle is made from polypropylene plastic injection molded over a rigid aluminum core. Impervious to most chemicals and solvents, the molded handle features an oval cross-section that allows easy tactile alignment of the edge and hammer poll and a flared butt with a lanyard hole for enhanced grip security. Its scientifically contoured shape ensures maximum energy transfer and, along with the carefully tuned balance of the head, provides outstanding accuracy and control during use while keeping weight to a minimum. The HatchetHawk's head is permanently attached to the handle using proprietary technology.

To protect both the HatchetHawk and its owner when not in use, it comes complete with a heavy leather sheath handcrafted by one of Spain's premier sheathmakers. The minimalist sheath covers the cutting edge and holds the head securely by means of a snap-fastened leather strap. A loop on the back of the sheath allows convenient belt carry, while grommets in the sheath body will accept a cord or strap for over-the-shoulder carry like a classic baldric.

The Genzow HatchetHawk is a truly remarkable cutting tool that combines the best qualities of time-tested historical axe patterns with modern manufacturing methods and materials to create a highly evolved hybrid that transcends them all. It is also a landmark accomplishment in Spyderco's product development and proof positive that their spirit of innovation knows no bounds.
  • Overall Length: 15.82" (402 mm)
  • Blade Length: 6.14" (156 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.76" (70 mm)
  • Blade Steel: 5160 Tool Steel
  • Thickness: 0.307" (7.8 mm)
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene and Aluminum
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 25.1 oz. (712 g)
  • Grind: Flat
  • Designer: Martin Genzow
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104700332

Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheathrated 5.000 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jun 27, 2019
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Genzow hatchet hawk
The other review nails this piece, but I only saw it a few days ago for the first time and ordered it the next day. I don't know how this slipped by me! Though I doubt I'll use this as freely as say a hammer or throw it like I would a much less expensive cold steel hawk, it is wholly capable and then some. The fit and finish are gorgeous and just like there knives this is razor sharp and the angle of the bevels is such that keeping it sharp shouldn't prove difficult at all. Once you pick it up it becomes almost mesmerizing or it did to me, the combination of the 3 styles flows so perfectly together being part Francisca, part bearded axe, and part traditional tomahawk make this not only very unique but very functional and eye catching. Kudos to Spyderco and the same to KC who have he fastest shipping I've had in a while, the day I'd ordered this I'd already made a separate order and darn if it wasn't but 2 1/2 days that from the time I placed the orders that they both arrived and via different carriers! Thanks very much KC.
Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Tom Horn
Oct 29, 2018
Pros: Weight, Construction, Head Material
Cons: None
Innovative (the Genzow Edge), Impressive (a Bushcraft ‘Hawk).
When I opened the box I thought KnifeCenter had sent me Dirty Harry’s S&W Model 29, .44 Magnum, hand cannon by mistake, instead of a tomahawk. This comes in a beautiful, fancy faux fur lined, black nylon hand gun case with a gold embroidered Spyder logo the size of a tarantula on it. I can hear the guys now, when I show up at cruddy-ole deer camp and un-case this from its fancy fur lined case. “Oooohhh! Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?” “Ya bring that to slice your caviar, there, Jeeves, ole boy?” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> After this arrived in the mail, I sat at my desk and studied this Hatchethawk for awhile. As I sat studying the design, It quickly became apparent that Martinin Genzow, knows bushcrafting/wood crafting tools. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When a tool is called a “tomahawk,” or, “hawk,” seems it is usually better suited for 18th century woodlands warfare, or rescue extraction; than it is bushcraft/wood craft. They don’t chop nearly as well as a hatchet/axe r/t head design. But I noted two unique aspects of this Genzow HatchetHawk: 1.) It has a convex edge, and a concave edge (a hollow grind!). This unique edge makes it kinda a chisel grind; but, not quite. And, 2.) Spyderco must have a lot of confidence in their heat treatment of this 5160 steel, to trust it to this sharp grind on a hard use tool. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I took HatchetHawk out back to the stump, and started working it out on notty oak logs. It was everything I suspected it to be. The Genzow Edge (Concave/convex combo) allows this hatchet to perform like a carving/carpenter’s axe for precise cutting, barking and planing wood. The beard on the hatchet is not for hooking, but for allowing you to choke-up your hand beneath it for controlled planing, or power skinning, like a Ulu. It carved stake points, and notches with fine precision. Noted, that the right stroke of chopping a notch in a horizontal log was more pronounced/easier to control, than the left stroke (left side of vee notch). The hollow grind is on the right side of head. May take some getting used to. Where HatchetHawk shined like a rock star, was as a splitting wedge. I pounded the hammer head with a log and batoned it easily through the oak logs, and it never met one it couldn’t lick. It never got stuck in a log. HatchetHawk was fast and efficient at every task I put it to. I noted no chipping, rolling, or dulling of the edge afterwards. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Handle seems comfortable, sturdy enough, and well attached; but, could use some grip. Athletic tape, handle bar tape, or, stair tread tape would do. I’m going to cut some leather just shy of the diameter, punch holes, lace it with leather lace, soak it in water, and fast dry it, so the leather shrinks up on the handle. Definitely, head heavy balance, but the handle is designed to let you choke-up on it to where you need to be for the task at hand. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nicely made and designed sheath. Sheath can be left on HatchetHawk while using the hammer head, for added safety. Has belt loop and 2 large eyelets for lashing to a backpack, etc. If you were going to use it regularly in a wet/rainy environment, I would make a leather sheath that covers whole hawk head, and water proof it with bees wax treatment, as the 5160 can sprout a rust bloom in a hurry. Don’t store in sheath, as the tannins from the leather can promote rust. Keep well oiled. A ZeeRust capsule in the case would go a long way to protecting your investment while in storage. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Spyderco did not explain the innovative, “Genzow Edge,” its theory, and uses in the description of the product well. I would love to hear the designer expound on his HatchetHawk, but could find no trace of him on the internet, other than his connection to this hawk. There are no instructions included on its use. I have found it difficult to put the concepts/supposed theory of this Genzow Edge into words. The HatchetHawk is not a tool you master in one outing. This Genzow Edge will take a while to learn its idiosyncrasies/proper use. But, I believe once you do, you will have a unique, high multi-functioning, precision bushcraft/wood craft tool that will serve you well for your lifetime. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It dices, it slices, it juices ... At 2 lb., 7 oz. w/sheath and case, maybe not the tool for solo backpacking. But, considering its multi functions: precision carving axe, wood plane, skinning Ulu, hammer, superb splitting wedge, draw knife (w/rod thru Spyder hole), butchering clever, tactical tomahawk, and more, it’s hard to leave it behind. HatchetHawk is now on my, “must bring,” list for camping, deer camp, backyard bonfires, group backpacking, canoeing, and hunting. It’s a joy to use, too. Genzow HatchetHawk is a truly impressive bushcrafting tool. It comes with prestige, respect, and admiration. I could see the neighbors’ eyes, glowing green with Spyder envy, while I was working HatchetHawk out by the fire pit.


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