The 3 Best Throwing Axes

Man in renascence festival throwing an axe.

A peasant throwing an axe for fun.

A throwing axe is a axe that is designed to be used as a close range weapon oras  a melee weapon. How a throwing axe differs from a throwing knife is that it has more weight and length, giving it a much more brutal impact. The axe also has more uses since the blade is actually sharp–you can actually cut down trees with a throwing axe.

This article will review the top 3 throwing axes and recommend the best choice. Don’t be fooled, price does not equal to quality with throwing axes!

What to Look for in a Throwing Axe

 Name  Fast Hawk  Schiflett  Throwing Axe
 Brand  SOG  Heartland  Gil Hibben
 Weight  15oz  12oz  12oz
 Length  12in  12in  12in
 Sheath  Nylon  Nylon  Leather
 Amazon  Latest Price Latest Price  Latest Price

You would want a throwing axe that is made of sturdy materials. If it is made of weak steel, the axe can break if it hits a hard object or is dropped. Also, you would want an axe that has a good sheath. Like all knives, a good sheath makes the knife much safer and it’ll protect the blade making it last longer.

The length of the axe and the axe’s weight will determine how fast it will spin, how far it will go, and how much impact it will have. Lighter axes will have less force, distance, and more spin than a heavy axe. Some individuals like heavier axes because they can calibrate their throws easier. A special type of axe that many throwers like are tomahawks. They are very light and small compared to other axes.

SOG F06-N Fast Hawk

SOG fasthawk on a table

Great company, great axe.

This throwing tomahawk is made by SOG, a very popular and well known knife manufacturer. SOG was started by a few veterans who wanted better knives. The Fast Hawk is a scaled down version of SOG’s Tactical Tomahawk. It is lighter, shorter, and rotates faster.

The Fast Hawk weights 15oz and is 12 inches long. It has a polymer handle and a stainless steel head (coated black to reduce reflections). The Fast Hawk fits great in your hand and it comes with a nylon sheath that you can attach to your MOLLE gear. It was designed for military use but, hey, you can throw it as well.

SOG provides a lifetime warranty on all their products and, after testing this thing out, I’ll doubt that it’ll break. The tang is not full, it ends at the head of the handle, but it isn’t flimsy. You can tell that SOG really spent some time on their construction.

This model is one of the best selling tactical tomahawks on Amazon. It receives a 4.5 star rating and features lots of rave reviews. Some reviewers even stated that the Fast Hawk is comparable to other $400 tomahawks. The Fast Hawk retails for $50 but you can purchase it on Amazon for $25.

Heartland’s Shiflett

Heartland Shiflett

Good beginner’s axe.

Heartland is not a brand I am familiar with. The Shiflett is a $30 axe that is available on Amazon for $15. You can even buy it for $12 threw the Amazon Marketplace. The price is very cheap so, what the heck, I thought I’ll check it out.

It is a little short of 12 inches and weights 12 oz. It comes with a nylon sheath that fits it very well. The cool thing about this axe is that it has a blade on the back as well as the front side. I don’t see how that’ll help it stick into anything but it looks cool.

The axe is very light and spins very fast. A lot of reviewers enjoyed this axe and beginners even stated how they were nailing targets within a few tries with this axe. For $11, I can’t complain about this thing. Too bad it doesn’t have any other uses outside of throwing.

Gil Hibben Throwing Axe

Gil Hibben is a big name in knife throwing. He wrote the book on knife throwing–literally. His name has been used by lots of manufacturers to promote their throwing knives. I’ve tested a few of them before and they were OK so I decided to test the throwing axe as well.

This axe is 12 inches in length and weighs a little over 12 ounces. It comes with a leather sheath–something I wasn’t expecting. Like the last axe, it is made out of one large piece of metal. The weight is very balanced and it felt like a large throwing knife.

I enjoyed the knife but a lot of reviewers online were complaining about how the stainless steel would break if you hit something hard or dropped the axe. Other reviewers stated how the manufacturer would replace the axe if this happens but, hey, would you want to wait 2-3 weeks for a new one to come in the mail?

It seems that this throwing axe has quality issues and, for the price, I’m not gonna go through the loops of getting replacement axes from the manufacturer.

Conclusion to Finding the Best Throwing Axe

Group photo of a squad in Iraq

The SOG Fasthawk is trusted by Rangers.

So, out of the three throwing axes we have reviewed, which one should you buy? Well, the answer depends on who you are.

If you would like a cool axe that is used by the military for tactical reasons, get the Fast Hawk by SOG. You can use it to cut down a door or a tree. You can also use it to smash a windshield. Oh yeah, you can also use it for throwing.

For $25, the Fast Hawk is a steal in my opinion. It has proven it’s worth over and over again. It is built to last and, if it happens to break, there is an incredible lifetime warranty from SOG.

If you happen to be new to axe throwing, the Shiflett is a good choice for beginners. It is only $15 and is very easy to learn. It is well balanced and features a full tang. You can’t chop down trees in the backyard with it however–it is limited to only throwing.

I would not recommend you getting the Gil Hibben Throwing Axe. It is overpriced at $57 and might break on you within the first day as other reviewers have noted. I believe that it is more of a marked-up toy than anything else.

So, if you want a real tomahawk to throw around, I highly recommend the Fast Hawk.

Do you own a Fast Hawk? Or, do you throw axes regularly and disagree with me? Or, do you just like my writing? Tell me in the comment box below.

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  1. Any idea what the best edge is for a throwing ax – concave on a belt grinder, or convex on a wheel? Given you’re not trying to cut through wood, and just stick in the wood, it seems that a concave edge is better.

  2. Just bought the schiflett throwing axe 3 hours ago. My first throw stuck. It is extremely balanced, making it extremely predictable. That blade on the back, is more of a spike, and I’ve stuck a few upside down. Strongly suggest it, you wont be let down. Wish I’d known that Amazon was selling them for half the price I bought it at the flea market.

  3. I am a hapkido guy who judges primarily based on practicality. For me, an ideal throwing ax would need to be useful in both close combat and for throwing. I have been researching what axes this would be the case for.

    I am sad your article doesn’t go into more detail as to what to watch out for like many throwing knife articles. I wanted more specifics on shifts in balance, longer vs shorter axes, and ideal blade head sizes. I think I might try the 2nd option and also get a more practical axe however. Thank you anyways!

  4. Nice article. I have a variety of ‘hawks, including SOGs – the best i have found is by far the Condor tactical throwing axe. It’s 1075 carbon steel (heat treated), and the head and handle are one piece so it will never break. They do a “field axe” version as well, which comes with a leather sheath and wood handle scales. If only it were 3 or 4 inches longer it would be the only hawk i’d ever want.

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