If you want a good tool for those times or tasks that a good fixed blade knife or multi-tool just don’t measure up, you may want to consider the good, old fashioned tomahawk. Especially the Pipe or Trail Hawk by Cold Steel as prepared and sold by the Great Lake Survival Company. Here’s just two reasons that you may want to mull over if you don’t already have one.
- It’s a superb tool that provides the leverage necessary for performing various tasks whether or not one uses it for a hammer, skinning tool, or for forming stakes, building shelter frames, natural snowshoe frames, etc.
- If needs be, if used as a last resort weapon, it has a much better reach than a knife, and has a pyschological ‘edge’ as well.
DTG staff gets their ‘hawks exclusively from Great Lake Survival Company www.greatlakesurvival.com. The folks there sell several different types, all Cold Steel brand, and offer a new ‘bomb proof’ and a ‘GLSC Sharp Edge’ upgradesas well. Just the base hawk prices include user friendly upgrades we haven’t been able to find anywhere else. We don’t recommend the more exotic ‘spike’ hawks, as they are primarily weapons and aren’t suited as well to survival or preparedness tasks. If spike hawks are your thing, great, but we tend to lean towards tools that can be used for general purposes, meaning they can do many things well, a few things ok, and only one or two things not so well.
As we like the best we can get here at DTG, our hawks have the ‘bomb proof’ upgrade as well as the ‘GLSC Sharp Edge’ enhancements. It makes a difference, too! During this past October’s Basic Survival class, DTG staff used their ‘hawks to demonstrate shelter building and enhancement, cutting kindling, and various other sundry tasks, and at the end of the class, the ‘hawk edges were as sharp as they were before class. We’ve used these ‘hawks in warm, wet, and extremely cold weather, all with superior results. You owe it to yourself to check them out.
Here’s the description from their website:
When you get a Pipe Hawk or Trail Hawk from us, we do the following:
1. We stained the hickory handle.
2. We included a cordura sheath.
3. We wrapped the handle with paracord, and added a lanyard.
4. We score the handle so that the paracord stays tight and doesn’t move on you.
5. We cut down the handle to 18″. Easier to handle, just as powerful.
and now . . .
We take every Tomahawk and reset the hawk head with a bonding agent that fuses the metal hawk to the hard hickory handle. What you get is a solid mass that will hold up for generations of use.
Through abusive testing, we’ve found a way to improve the hold that our hawks have on that tough hickory handle.. Without our upgrade, will the hawk head ever come off? No. It’s held on by set screw and has a great bite on that handle.
However, our bonding agent cements that hawk head in place even with repeated abuse, there is less chance that your hawk will become get a “wobble” to it. So you too, can have an absolute “bomb-proof” tomahawk.
The reason you don’t see many hawks with this much thought and time put into them is simple: time is valuable. It takes time to process great tomahawks like we have. At Great Lake Survival we believe that a good product is just as valuable as time. Could we charge more than we do for our ‘hawks? Yeah, in a heartbeat. Especially with the hand crafted improvement that we put into each unit.
Base model or ‘bomb proof’, you can’t go wrong with Great Lake Survival’s tomahawk pricing or enhancements.