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txpossum 09-29-2013 05:51 AM

Will somebody explain this to me?
 
I used to think I had it figured out. A knife was for cutting; a hatchet was for chopping wood; and a machete was for clearing brush or hacking through a jungle.

Then people started talking about how they could use their knife to baton through a pine tree, or asking what machete was the best for chopping wood. Somehow the hatchet fell out of favor, but was replaced by it's cousin, the tomahawk.

Now, when camping, I always have a hatchet along. Chop with one side, hammer with the other. Handy tool. Occasionally I have had a use for a machete, and sometimes I had one along, and sometimes I didn't.

But I have never said, "Gosh, if I only had my tomahawk this [insert brushcraft chore here] would be a lot easier".

Now, 'hawks can be fun, but they are, in my opinion and experience, not nearly as good as chopping wood as a hatchet. I guess you can throw a 'hawk if you practice a lot, but it's not a skill that the need has ever come up when I was camping. To my way of thinking it's more of a weapon than a tool, but if any toothy, clawed outdoors critter thinks that I have any plans on making it a fair fight, they are sadly mistaken. I will just do an Indiana Jones sorta shrug, then shoot their ass.

So . . . tomahawk fans, enlighten me on the benefits of the 'hawk as opposed to a hatchet for surviving the great and the not so great outdoors.

kryptar19 09-29-2013 06:13 AM

I think the Kukri is the over all downfall of the hatchet. Often people think that since you can cut small pieces of wood with a Kukri, you can also cut it with ANY machete.

txpossum 09-29-2013 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by kryptar19 (Post 1387023)
I think the Kukri is the over all downfall of the hatchet. Often people think that since you can cut small pieces of wood with a Kukri, you can also cut it with ANY machete.

It always seemed to me that a machete should have a fairly thin, flexible, and lightweight blade, so one's arm wouldn't get tired of swinging them all day when clearing path through the jungle, or removing undergrowth or whatever. Swinging a blade substantial enough to chop through wood like an axe would get old pretty quickly.

But . . . what about the tomahawk?

DrumJunkie 09-29-2013 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by txpossum (Post 1387029)
It always seemed to me that a machete should have a fairly thin, flexible, and lightweight blade, so one's arm wouldn't get tired of swinging them all day when clearing path through the jungle, or removing undergrowth or whatever. Swinging a blade substantial enough to chop through wood like an axe would get old pretty quickly.

But . . . what about the tomahawk?

Us hi-class hillbillys call that a Thomas Hawk :p

JW357 09-29-2013 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by txpossum
So . . . tomahawk fans, enlighten me on the benefits of the 'hawk as opposed to a hatchet for surviving the great and the not so great outdoors.

Oh ... Didn't you know? This is what the tomahawk is used for: http://m.youtube.com/watch?

feature=player_embedded&v=ecmdZlNcc2Q&desktop_uri= %2Fwatch%3Fv%3DecmdZlNcc2Q%26feature%3Dplayer_embe dded
Here's the thread about it. You might learn something:

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f32/its-official-tacticool-has-gone-too-far-97730/

MisterMcCool 09-29-2013 08:50 AM

Who carries a tomahawk? I chop with an axe.

HM2Grunt 09-29-2013 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by JW357 (Post 1387077)
Oh ... Didn't you know? This is what the tomahawk is used for: [url]http://m.youtube.com/watch?

Wow, I hope that guy never has any issues with elementary schools, movie theaters, navy yards, or post offices. Did he ever once even fire a gun?

txpossum 09-29-2013 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by JW357 (Post 1387077)

Well, that guy certainly seems to have a lot of energy.

Rick1967 09-29-2013 01:50 PM

In the beginning of the video he holstered a gun. Why is he throwing a tomahawk? I would run to cover and ...bang, bang, bang, bang. I just don't get it. Not even a little bit.


I take a hatchet into the woods. I have used a machete to cut a trail. Can't think of anything that would have worked better.

Axxe55 09-29-2013 02:01 PM

IMO, a tomahawk is like a multi-use tool.

i would prefer a hatchet or an axe myself.

machetes are for weeds and vines, not trees. but use one if that's all you have with you.

knives, axes, hatchets, machetes are tools. all tools usually have a specific purpose. when used for that specific purpose they usually perform as they are required to and do their intended job.

multi-purpose tools are usually designed to take the job of several different tools to decrease space needed to carry or store them. many times they do an adequate job for a short period of time.


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