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Old 12-12-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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My father was bugging me for days for a Christmas list so I just told him I wanted the m48 hawk and kukri. (The spike hawk I really want is over $300 just for the head. Lol)
I am constantly breaking hawk handles and recently broke my throwing Bowie (it was a gift that served me well for 20 years ).

I'm hoping this will be a decent modern version that can handle the abuse.

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I get my tomahawks from Trackofthewolf.com. Wood handles so they break after a while too. I like the forged tomahawks better because they are much stronger. Post review of you new hawk

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I usually go through track or crazy crow. Most of my wooden hawk handles are mostly glue at this point. They just don't handle the abuse.

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I never tried Crazy crow. Me and my Dad throw alot during the summer for beers. We were making throwing knives too but we suck at that

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My father was bugging me for days for a Christmas list so I just told him I wanted the m48 hawk and kukri. (The spike hawk I really want is over $300 just for the head. Lol)
I am constantly breaking hawk handles and recently broke my throwing Bowie (it was a gift that served me well for 20 years ).

I'm hoping this will be a decent modern version that can handle the abuse.
I have one, and I have been abusing it for the last 2 years. I help my friends set up their demo cars, and I strip junkers for scrap. Even with the modern plastic dashboards, removing one can be a major PITA. I have used my M 48 to pry panels off of the cars, remove trim, bust out windshields, punch through sheet metal, and make dashboards look like something chewed them up and spit them out.

The weight and balance of the M-48 are good, and it has turned out to be a good thrower. it is slightly head heavy, but I was able to off set this by putting on the paracord wrap. All in all, I am very pleased with mine, and obviously, I would recommend the M-48 to others who don't mind the "tacticool look of it.

I also carry it while hunting, fishing, or camping. While it is not a good choice for hammering stakes or splitting wood, it is decent at removing limbs from and shortening fire wood. Given that I bowhunt here in NY (No firearms allowed during archery hunts for deer or bear) it is what I carry JIC I have to track a bear that someone in my group has shot. I would much rather have a shotgun, but rules are rules. Kind of one of those "better than nothing" type deals.

So far, I have not done any extreme testing on my M-48, but it has survived handle bounces off of A, B, and C pillars with little more than some paint smeared on the handle. It has taken a direct hit, mid handle, with a 12 pound sledge, and shrugged it off. The handle gets pretty slippery when it gets wet, so I would recommend a paracord wrap on the lower half of the handle for better grip during use. I have to re-point the rear spike about ever 10 strikes on sheet metal or so, but it has held up well for what I put it through.

A couple pictures of my outdoor companions. These are my workers, I have a couple more that are antiques that have been handed down in my family over the last 6 generations. They are locked up in the safe, and I really don't feel like digging through the safe right now. I'll break them out sometime, and post pics.
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Thanks for the write up. Exactly what I wanted to hear. I don't intend to kill cars with it , but it will get used and abused and thrown alot. It'll be my go to hawk so that the hand forged wood handled one can stay in one piece until I need it for competitions etc.

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I bought one about a year ago. I don't know much about tactical tomahawks, but this is great.

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It definitely Sounds like I can hit the woods with it and be good to go.

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It definitely Sounds like I can hit the woods with it and be good to go.

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I would say so.
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