Best Tactical Tomahawk in 2018 – Combat Ready Models Compared

Are you looking for the perfect multifunctional outdoor axe? Do you need one for your work, to take downrange or on deployment or to simply have with you on your next camping trip or outdoor excursion? 

Today, we are going to be reviewing 10 of the best tactical tomahawks that you can find in 2018. You will get a nice overview of some of the best axes on the market and some of the unique features that they offer.

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Product Name

Body
Materials

Handle

Price

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk [30-000715] copy

420HC steel

composite scale handle

Sog F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk

stainless steel

Glass-reinforced nylon

Browning Shock N' Tomahawk

HC1055 steel

Kydex sheath

United Cutlery UC2836 M48 Hawk

stainless steel

Nylon reinforced

SOG Throwing Hawks TH1001-CP

Stainless Steel

Steel paracord wrapped

Smith & Wesson SW671 Extraction

1070 HC Steel

TPE Overlay Handle Slabs

SOG Survival Hawk SK1001-CP

3Cr13MoV steel

Glass-reinforced nylon

Kershaw 1073X Siege Tomahawk

Steel: 3Cr13

Black-oxide coating-Handle

M48 Tactical Tomahawk Axe

Anodized AUS-6 steel

Fiberglass reinforced nylon

SOG Specialty Knives F06TN-CP

420 steel

Ballistic polymer handle

1. Gerber Downrange Tomahawk [30-000715]

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

This is an awesome and durable tactical tomahawk that is made 100% in the United States. It is made of a 420 HC steel body and utilizes Cerakote technology so that the metal on your tomahawk won’t bend or break. It has a desert tan G-10 composite scale handle, which makes your tomahawk really comfortable and easy to grip.

A really nice feature of this tomahawk is that it is really easy to carry around too. This tool has a molle compatible sheath so that you can easily attach it to any webbing, your pack or even your body armor. This particular axe is a useful tool that has three different functions that you can use in a variety of situations. It has an integrated prying bar that you can use for opening anything. It also has a hammerhead that you can use in a variety of situations. If you need a tactical tomahawk that can help make your job easier when you are downrange, this triple-action axe won’t let you down.

What we liked

  • With this tomahawk you get three tools in one axe
  • 420 HC steel body with Cerakote so that the metal won’t bend or break
  • It has a desert tan G-10 composite scale handle which makes it durable and easy to grip
  • The Molle-compatible sheath that comes with this tomahawk makes it attachable to your webbing, pack or body armor
  • Features an axe head with an integrated prying handle
  • Made in the United States

What we didn't like

  • This model is really expensive in comparison to other tomahawks in this review
  • This tomahawk ships dull, so you are going to need to sharpen it out of the box

2. Sog Specialty Knives F01TN-CP

What is interesting about this tomahawk is that it is the newly improved and innovative design that is based off of the original Vietnam tactical tomahawk. Since that was a tomahawk that was used in a heavily tactical context, you can expect that this model will be durable and up to whatever task you need it for when you are working or downrange. This handle is made from a glass-reinforced nylon, which gives you tons of durability and stability while you are working with it.

The handle also uses a serious ballistic polymer which makes it great for high impact and high intensity working situations, so you know that you can place full trust in the integrity of your tactical tomahawk. This axe has plenty of length for giving you leverage while you are using it, and measures at 15.75 inches long from the bottom of the handle to the top of the tomahawk. What is also impressive about this model is that it only weighs in at 24 ounces, which makes it really easy to pack and carry anywhere. It also comes with a nylon sheath that makes it even easier to carry around and keeps it accessible.

What we liked

  • Great for a variety of different uses: excavation, breaching operations, extraction, obstacle removal, and more
  • Uses a glass-reinforced nylon handle for added durability and control while using it
  • Handle uses a ballistic polymer that can handle high impact and intense working scenarios
  • This is an updated and improved version of the original Vietnam tomahawk design
  • This axe measure 15.75 inches from the bottom of the handle to the tip of the axe head
  • This tactical tomahawk only weighs 24 ounces, so it is really easy to pack and take anywhere
  • Comes with a nylon sheath that makes it really easy and comfortable to carry

What we didn't like

  • If you are planning on using this axe for throwing, it is going to be really difficult. It does not have a full tang and is not balanced for throwing
  • Good for light duty situations, but may be lacking for some heavier tactical situations and needs

3. Browning Shock N' Awe

This Browning tomahawk is top tier when it comes to the tactical experience that you are going to get out of it. This particular tactical tomahawk features a tactical blade that is made out of high quality 1055 steel. It has a sword grade blade that will have no problem when it comes to penetrating targets or cutting through wood. It has a sleek black powder coating that makes it look great and gives it added durability in tactical situations. The back of the axe head has a penetration spike that is ideal for breaking through hard surfaces and materials, which make it great for breaches. One aspect of this axe that we really appreciate is that it is made from one solid piece of steel, which gives you more control and gives your axe even more durability.

What we liked

  • This tactical tomahawk uses a black powder coated blade
  • The blade on this tomahawk is made of sword grade steel, and is really strong and durable
  • This axe features a curved penetration spike that can help you penetrate hard targets, doors, walls and more
  • Is made of one solid piece of steel for added durability and strength when you are working with it
  • This tomahawk is hand wrapped with black nylon paracord, which makes your axe really comfortable to grip and reduces jarring when you use it in high impact situations
  • Features a lanyard hole at the end of the axe handle for added grip, stability, and versatility in packing
  • Comes with a Blade-Tech molded polymer sheath that has a Tek-Lok belt clip for transportation and security
  • Made of durable 1055 steel

What we didn't like

  • The sheath does not work for left-handed users
  • Nothing super impressive or unique about this model. It is just a solid tactical tomahawk

4. United Cutlery UC2836 M48

This tactical tomahawk from United Cutlery has a slightly different design than some of the other axes that we looked at in the beginning of this review. Like the others, it has a incredibly lightweight design that makes it perfect for carrying around on your back or for long days of rigorous use. This tomahawk is incredibly sharp and durable, which makes it perfect for use while you are camping, exploring the outdoors, chopping wood for a fire, breaching or penetrating doors or cutting through walls or tough objects. The blade of the tomahawk is made out of high quality 2cr13 stainless steel, so that you can enjoy years of use out of this precision tomahawk. The axe measures 15.5 inches from top to bottom, and the blade is eight inches long. It is perfectly balanced and can also be used for tactical field use or self defense. We really appreciate that this axe is made with a nylon reinforced handle that is made with 30% fiberglass, which makes it lightweight and durable. The only drawback to this axe that we see is that the handle is separate, and is screwed into the blade.

What we liked

  • Super lightweight design so that you don’t get fatigued with carrying it and heavy use
  • When you buy this tomahawk you are also going to get a compass
  • Upswept axe blade design that makes this tomahawk ideal for chopping, cutting, breaching and penetrating doors, walls or tough objects
  • The axehead is made from precision cast 2cr13 stainless steel 
  • Can be used for camping, personal or self defense, tactical or field use and even chopping or heavy chores
  • Measures 15.5 inches from the base of the axe handle to the tip of the axehead
  • The total length of the blade is eight inches 
  • Added durability from the nylon reinforced handle, which is made of 30% fiberglass
  • Uses three separate bolts to attach the handle to the tomahawk blade
  • The handle is covered in a black nylon cord wrapping which makes it easy and comfortable to carry and use
  • Comes with a compass

What we didn't like

  • Uses a two piece construction instead of one solid piece of stainless steel for the axe
  • Needs to be sharpened out of the box

Also read: Best Throwing Tomahawks & Axes [Comparison Included]

5. SOG Throwing Hawks TH1001-CP

This tomahawk set is the first set that we are looking at in this review that is primarily made for throwing. There are two things that we really appreciate about this particular SOG tomahawks. The first is that this tomahawk comes in a set of three, which makes them great for throwing and target practice. The second is that you are basically getting three high quality tomahawks for the price of one tomahawk. Another aspect of this tomahawk design that we really appreciate is that each one of them are made with a single piece of high quality stainless steel. They are all black powder coated so that they are resistant to damage and scratching. The handles are covered with durable paracord which make them comfortable to hold and give you added grip when you are throwing. The handles are made of glass reinforced nylon so that you have even more added durability to the design of these axes.

What we liked

  • Solid single piece designed throwing tomahawks
  • Sharp stainless steel design for enhanced target penetration and durability
  • Paracord wrapped handles that make this tomahawk comfortable to carry and easy to throw
  • Comes with a ballistic nylon carrying and storage sheath for easier access to your tomahawks
  • Eac one is coated with SOG’s hardcased black coating for scratch and dent resistance
  • Perfectly proportional, balanced and aerodynamic
  • Great for throwing and will double as field use axes
  • Essentially gives you three quality tomahawks for the price of one

What we didn't like

  • The cording on the handle is not wrapped very well
  • The axes are smaller than other models

6. Smith & Wesson SW671

This tomahawk from Smith & Wesson is made of black 1070 high carbon stainless steel, which makes this tomahawk look sleek and make it scratch resistant. The blade is bolted onto a black TPE overlay handle so that it is comfortable and easy to use. This particular axe has a 3.9 inch blade, which is one of the smaller blades that we have seen thus far in this review. It has a 10 inch handle, and the total length of the tomahawk is 15.9 inches. This impressive and compact tomahawk only weight 2.69 pounds, which makes it really easy to use and carry around for the entire day without getting fatigued. We also really appreciate that this axe is designed for a variety of different uses that can include serious tactical and military use, and it can also be used during camping, outdoor excursions, work and chores and even self defense. It even comes with a black polyester belt sheath that you can use to safely hold and protect your axe head.

What we liked

  • Made of black 1070 high carbon stainless steel
  • Attached to black TPE overlay handle slabs for easy gripping and use
  • 3.9 inch blade
  • 10 inch handle
  • Total length of 15.9 inches and only weighs 2.69 pounds
  • This tomahawk is designed for personal and recreational use
  • Can be used in the field, during camping, in the outdoors and for tactical and military use
  • Comes with a black polyester belt sheath to hold and protect the head of the axe

What we didn't like

  • The sheath is a pretty low quality design
  • Keep in mind that this is a smaller axe blade than other designs

7. SOG Survival Hawk SK1001-CP

This lightweight Survival Hawk from SOG is perfect for a variety of uses from field and tactical use to throwing, self defense, camping, outdoor exploration and anywhere else that you may need it. The blade is made of high quality stainless steel, which is mounted on a glass reinforced nylon handle for enhanced durability and force production. The handle is wrapped with durable and comfortable paracord so that your axe is easy and enjoyable to hold, use and throw. The total length of this axe is 12.1 inches, so it is small in stature, and it only weighs in at 19.5 ounces. We really like that this axe also comes with a nylon storage sheath so that you can protect your axe when you are carrying it or anytime that you aren’t using it.

What we liked

  • This tomahawk has a compact axe with a full-length stainless steel design
  • The handle on this axe is made from durable glass-reinforced nylon 
  • The handle is wrapped in paracord for enhanced gripping and comfortable use
  • 2cr13MoV stainless steel blade 
  • Also includes a ballistic nylon storage sheath to protect your axehead 
  • Total length: 12.1 inches
  • Only weighs 19.5 ounces

What we didn't like

  • Kind of short in comparison to other tomahawks
  • Not a solid piece of stainless steel

8. Kershaw 1073X Siege

This tactical tomahawk from Kershaw is made of high quality materials and uses a multifunction design so that you can use it in a variety of working and tactical circumstances. The blade of this tomahawk is made of high quality 3cr13 stainless steel and is coated with black oxide for added protection for scratching and normal wear and tear. The handle is made of glass filled nylon for added durability and balance. This axe uses a full-tang design so that it is perfectly balanced for throwing and projectile use. It also includes a pry bar device at the end of the handle which is great for pulling nails, and it has a sharp back that is great for object penetration and breaching. It comes with a protective nylon cover which is great for protecting your tomahawk blade when you are not using it.

What we liked

  • Multifunctional tomahawk design that has a variety of uses
  • The blade is coated with black oxide for added scratch protection
  • Use riveted glass filled nylon scales on the handle for added grip and durability
  • Four inch blade with an overall length of 16 inches
  • Pry bar device at the end of the handle with a pointed back of the blade for a variety of uses
  • Comes with a protective nylon cover to protect your tomahawk when you are carrying it or it is not in use
  • Blade is made of 3cr13 stainless steel

What we didn't like

  • This tomahawk is not made of one solid piece of steel. The handle is bolted to the blade of the axe.
  • The sheath that comes with it is pretty low quality

9. United Cutlery UC2765 M48

This is another awesome, durable and compact tomahawk from United Cutlery. This particular model features an eight inch tactical axehead and the total length of the axe from the bottom of the axe handle to the top of the axehead is 15 inches. This particular model is made from a sharp and durable anodized AUS-6 stainless steel blade that is perfect for cutting, penetrating and breaching and can be used in a variety of ways varying from self-defense and tactical use to outdoor exploration and camping. This tomahawk as a 30% fiberglass reinforced nylon handle which makes it really lightweight and easy to use rigorously. We also really appreciate that this high quality tactical tomahawk comes a nylon sheath that can easily snap closed and open with its snap button design.

What we liked

  • Comes with a protective nylon sheath to cover your axehead when you aren’t using it
  • Large eight inch tactical blade
  • 15 inches in length from the bottom of the handle to the top of the blade
  • Made with a sharp and durable anodized AUS-6 stainless steel blade
  • Uses a 30% fiberglass reinforced nylon handle for extra durability and stability for rigorous use
  • This comes with a snap closure button nylon belt sheath that you can use to move and store your tomahawk, so that you can protect it and carry it safely

What we didn't like

  • The handle is lightweight and the head is heavy, so it can feel a little off balance.
  • Not the best axe for throwing. 

10. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F06TN-CP

This is the final compact tactical tomahawk that we are going to be taking a look at in this review. This model is equipped with a small two inch, 420 stainless steel blade that is perfect for tactical use and outdoor scenarios.

This model also comes with a snap closure nylon sheath that is great for protecting and covering your axe when you aren’t using it.

This axe has a hard cased black finish which makes the axe resistant to scratches and damage so that it can look great for years. This tomahawk also has a black, scratch resistant finish so that your tomahawk can stay in great shape for years of use.

What we liked

  • Equipped with a 420 stainless steel axe blade
  • Comes with a snap closure nylon sheath that protects and covers your axe when you aren’t using it
  • It has a hard cased black finish which makes this axe resistant to scratches and damage
  • This tomahawk has a small, two inch blade that makes it even more compact than some of the other tomahawks in its class
  • Has a durable, comfortable ballistic polymer handle that is perfect for tactical and outdoor use
  • The blunt edge is perfect for hammering and the chiseled edge which is ideal for extraction

What we didn't like

  • Not the best axe, but okay for the price
  • The stainless steel isn’t one single piece

FInal Verdict 

At the end of the day there is one particular tomahawk that stood out to us when compared to the rest. That particular tomahawk is the M48 Tactical Tomahawk. Though this tomahawk is not made of one solid piece of stainless steel, it still has everything that you could possibly need ina tactical axe, for a very reasonable price. It has a long body with an eight inch axe blade, and is still super lightweight for travel and field use. It is hard to beat the price and the performance of this axe, which is why we give it the number one spot.

David Valle
 

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