Estwing No 1 Hatchet head

Old Tools – Estwing No 1 Hatchet

This is a Vintage Estwing S No. 1 Hatchet with a matching Estwing sheath. The hatchet, which was (and is still) made in the USA, has beautiful leather grips that are custom wound by hand. When new, the 3-1/4″ head and handles were fully polished and the steel was forged in one piece. The total length of the tool is 14 inches and it weighs around 2 pounds. What gets us about this hatchet is that Estwing still makes it! It’s now dubbed their “Sportsman’s Axe”. They also have a line of leather carpenter’s hatchets which are nearly identical, except that they changed the head so that you can choke up on it and use it as a knife. These are tools that practically define the word “durable” and “long-lasting” and it’s great to see a decades-old hatchet still running strong.

SOG F06TN-CP FastHawk Tomahawk - application

SOG F06TN-CP FastHawk Tomahawk Review

While it might not be every day that a tomahawk is needed, The SOG F06T-N FastHawk is a good choice if you have to clear some scrub off your land or maybe if you looking for something to throw at a target. This tactical tomahawk is very compact and lightweight which lends itself well to backpacking and working in the woods around your home. With a fiberglass reinforced nylon handle that is securely fastened to the head with two bolts and a steel ferrule, you can be sure you can put your back into it and it won’t break. With quite a menacing look, the blade comes sharp from the factory, yet the spike on the back side is not sharpened. As good as it is at chopping, we found it makes a pretty good throwing hatchet as well, which is exactly what we would expect from anything that is called a tomahawk.

Cabelas Hand Forged Throwing Tomahawk Review

Cabelas Throwing Tomahawk Review

With great movies like the Patriot and the Last of the Mohicans, it is hard not to pay tribute to one of the original tools in our American History: the Tomahawk. This tool did not start out as a weapon but as a practical trade item between early settlers and the Indians. Of course beyond the obvious uses of hacking trees down and fashioning things out of wood, it also became a pretty good weapon. If you think about it, in the old days when you had to ether carry all your tools or drag them along with you on a horse or wagon, versatile and universal tools ruled.