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This post will be on the pros and cons of the Tomahawk and if it's right for you or not.
The Tomahawk has been around a very long time, from when the heads were made of bone or rock to the modern super steels. So this is a proven tool and weapon and won't be going anywhere soon.
Now hawks can chop, but are not good splitters. Their light weight makes them easy to carry, and you can dress game with them, but there are easier safer ways.
The whole tactical tomahawk thing put them in the wannabe ninjas' hands because specops uses them etc. If you do that kinda work it's worth spending the money, but if you don't it's a waste of money! A cold steel hawk would serve you better. They are cheap, throw well. I carried mine when I worked.
The guys made fun of me cuz of the wooden handle and after showing them some advantages it got them thinking. Hawks can be dangerous to the user. They like to twist and turn and if you miss on a swing it's gonna be nasty. Now you can mod these hawks to the point bladeforums has a whole section on moding this hawk!
You don't got to spend a lot to get a lot in the throwing and entry level hawk. When throwers hit the $50-$100+ range you're into hand-forged heads or a 2hawks, which are not forged, but very nice hawks. Then you have hawks like the Winkler Sayoc, and it's a $815 hawk. Can you justify that buy? Do you even know how to use a hawk that good? it's also just an anti-personal hawk.
A good hawk can do more than most think or will admit too. The right hawk with the right knowledge this becomes a great and indispensable piece of gear. Oh and break a handle—just make a new one.