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    I know there are those that either love them or hate them, but you can't argue the fact that it's design has changed very little at all to what some of our soldiers are carrying in combat today.

    I have owned two of them, one was a RMJ Shrike and the current one I have is a Fort Turner Camp Hawk. The expensive RMJ Shrike broke while I was chopping some wood so I sent it back, got it repaired and sold it.

    The hand forged Fort Turner I have was only $60 and has taken far more abuse then the RMJ even came close to! I love it as a tool and would also feel VERY comfortable with it as a weapon. Would I throw it as a weapon? No way! My hawk would never leave my hand in that situation.

    As far as versatility I can't imagine anything else I would want. It's a tool, it's a weapon, if the handle breaks unlike some tomahawks you can carve out a handle with the head, if your bored in camp it's a joy to throw and have fun with. Not to mention it is a intimidating!

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    Ive been thinking about adding one to my gear lately. Hatchets are to small and the axe I use is really to long and heavy for long hikes.

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    • #3
      I've been contimplating making one for myself.....haven't decided on which design I want to do.

      may make one with a spike on the back....or hammer...i dunno.

      they are a valuable piece of equipment...right now I use an eastwing carpenters hatchet.

      Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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      • #4
        This is a little something a friend made and sent me. No good for throwing but one heck of a chopper. She doesn't keep a really sharp edge but I can process a ton of wood for camp before I have to touch her up again. Right now she's up in PA with another friend of mine who is making pants for her.

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        • #5
          Here is one that I made, have never used it. Made from a leaf spring.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brother Bill View Post
            This is a little something a friend made and sent me. No good for throwing but one heck of a chopper. She doesn't keep a really sharp edge but I can process a ton of wood for camp before I have to touch her up again. Right now she's up in PA with another friend of mine who is making pants for her.
            That does look like a nice chopper! Even though the one I have is nice to throw it's not something I need to do with it, so I wouldn't worry about not being able to throw it. Nice design.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PT945 View Post
              Here is one that I made, have never used it. Made from a leaf spring.
              You did a nice job on that!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Echo2 View Post
                I've been contimplating making one for myself.....haven't decided on which design I want to do.

                may make one with a spike on the back....or hammer...i dunno.

                they are a valuable piece of equipment...right now I use an eastwing carpenters hatchet.

                Alot of people like the Eastwings that's for sure.

                If your thinking about a tomahawk I would go with a hammer style unless you want it as more of a weapon, but then again there I times when winter camping that a spike is nice to have.

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                • #9
                  I bought one of the SOG tomahawks not too long ago. It wasn't what I was expecting. The handle's really short and the head is kinda small. I was hopin for somethin more akin to Last Of The Mohicans or The Patriot. Anyway, not sure how it'll hold up. I just threw it in my truck & I guess it'll do in a pinch.

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