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RMJ Tactical Kestrel Tomahawk 13" Overall, Earth Brown G10 Handle, Kydex Sheath with High Ride MOC Straps


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RMJ Tactical Kestrel Tomahawk 13" Overall, OD Green G10 Handle, Kydex Sheath with High Ride MOC Straps - KES-OD

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RMJKESOD: Kestrel Tactical Tomahawk, OD Green G10
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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 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. The Kestrel is the shorter version of the popular Eagle Talon tomahawk designed for concealed carry and use in tighter quarters.

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
  • Innovative I-Bean handle design
  • Easy to use and carry
  • Differentially heat treated
  • Cerakote finish
  • Able to perform as a tool and weapon to assist in the many tasks that soldiers and officers encounter
  • Bottom-eject Kydex scabbard with High Ride MOC Straps (for MOLLE and Shoulder Strap carry) included
  • Lifetime Guarantee

  • Chopping (including through doors and locks)
  • Cutting
  • Digging
  • Climbing
  • 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: 13"
  • Blade Steel: 4140 Chrome-Moly Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material: FR4 3D Machined G10, OD Green
  • Sheath Material: Kydex
  • Weight: 1 lb. 11 oz.
  • Made in the USA
Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Delphi, IN
Jun 01, 2017
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
RMJ Tactical Kestrel Tomahawk with OD Green G10 handle
The RMJ Tactical, Kestrel is the short version of the Eagle Talon, my personal favorite, from RMJ Tactical. The Kestrel is designed for close quarters applications, and will serve you well in that capacity. I have both, the Eagle Talon is in my vehicle with other emergency items. The Guy's at RMJ Tactical are serious people, who create serious tools, that are meant to be used hard and take it...they won't let you down. The Guy's at knifecenter.com and RMJ Tactical are usually pretty busy, but they always take time to help their customers, making the buying experience a very pleasant one. D.A. Wood
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