I recently added a new tomahawk model to my collection. It is a Mighty Mouse Hawk Hammer Poll made by Beaver Bill. As you may know from an earlier post, I collaborated with Beaver Bill in the design of the original Mighty Mouse Hawk and this hammer poll is roughly based on that model. It is a similar size and shape as the Mighty Mouse with the addition of the hammer poll that is welded on to the back of the head. Beaver Bill already has another Hammer Poll model that he produces that is made the more traditional way in that it is forged entirely from one piece of steel. This way this new model is produced will allow him to offer this at a lower price point. From my point of view, this model with the forge marks left on and the plain hickory handle and lower price will get more use as I am not afraid of taking this out and throwing it and using it. What I mean is that Beaver Bill’s other Hammer Poll model is so dang nice looking I would not want to mess it up by using it! Anyway, since my main interest is throwing tomahawks, I never really imagined what I would do with a hammer poll. It turns out that this hawk throws just as good as any other tomahawk that I have. The main difference is that it has some extra weight that it is carrying but that also provides more mass to the hawk and the blade tends to stick fairly deep, with a satisfying thud when it hits the block. The hammer poll might be a good choice for campers who need a tomahawk that is more versatile and can not only chop some fire sticks but also hammer in tent stakes. I really like the solid feel that this hawk has and am really happy with its performance as a throwing hawk too.
Posts made in June, 2014
Last year I did a hands-on review of the Competition Throwing Tomahawk and the Mouse Throwing Tomahawk from Hatchets and Axes. This time I am reviewing their “Scout Throwing Tomahawk” and the “Polished Competition Throwing Tomahawk.” There have been several improvements in the Hatchets and Axes throwing hawk line-up since that last review and I think these new ‘hawks are good examples of those improvements. The main thing that I notice about both the Scout and Polished hawk is that the taper of the blade is more gradual in it’s transition to the edge. Practically this means that the edges of the new hawks have a narrower angle and are much more likely to stick in the target block. The edge on the older hawks have a wider angle and are more blunt so as the edge of the hawk hits the target, the thickness of the blade effectively blocks the hawk from penetrating and many times will just fall off the target. If you read my old review you see that I had to make a few modifications to those hawks so that they could be usable in my arsenal. The good news is that the new “Scout Hawk” and The “Polished Hawk” both stick very well right out of the box. I have not had to make any modifications to them. Another improvement is that the handles have a much nicer fit on the blade than the older ones did. I do prefer the scout hawk over the polished hawk for a couple reasons. First is that the scout blade is thinner than the polished hawk blade meaning even better ability to stick and that is what it is all about!
The “H&A” website says that the scout hawk is “…thinner and lighter…so that it will be easier to throw for younger scouts” and “Typical ages of scouts is between 12-14 years old.” Well, this is true but keep in mind that the scout hawk is still a very sturdy and heavy hawk. Do not think that you need a heavier hawk for older scouts or adults. You don’t! The second reason that I prefer the scout hawk over the polished hawk is the “finish.” I tend to like the rustic look with forge marks on the blade. The polished hawk does look nice when new but to maintain that polished look over the life of the hawk is going to be problematic to say the least. In conclusion let me say that I frequently get asked for my advice on a good throwing hawk for an inexpensive price. It is usually from someone who needs to buy multiple hawks for a group activity that they have planned and do not have the budget for more expensive tomahawks. I believe that the Hatchets and Axes Scout Hawk fits this need perfectly. Not a top of the line tomahawk but more than adequate. It has a very good price point and is even discounted if you buy in bulk, perfect for scout groups. They are ready to go right out of the box with no modifications needed to get them to stick.
I just happened to be looking around in the tool shed the other day and came across this large diamond point chisel. I was actually looking for something to tighten my “eye screw” into my new tomahawk hanging target as shown on another video. When I was finished with that I thought that the tool itself might be a nice implement to throw. It is about 12 inches long, half inch in diameter with pretty good heft. Took it over to a target and it became a Bo shuriken as it is now in my arsenal of throwing implements along with my tomahawks, knives, and axes!
I don’t often share videos from other folks but I thought that this might be of some interest to our readers. Old video of Michael Davis performing for President Reagan by juggling a knife, cleaver, and a double bit tomahawk! Kinda’ long maybe but should bring a smile to your face. Pretty impressive jugging too. Oh, don’t try this at home!