The Best Tactical Tomahawk Axe

What is a tactical tomahawk ax? It is an axe used my soldiers in the field for breaching. It can also be used by a hobbyist to clear tree limbs, cut wood, and throwing. It is also a great survival tool for the coming Zombie Apocalypse. It really is a must-have for anyone who doesn’t want to turn into a mindless, flesh-eating corpse. This guide will review 4 top selling tactical axes.

What to Look for in a Tactical Tomahawk?

NameF01TFast HawkVTACTRT
BrandSOGSOGAmerican TomahawkCondor
GripGreatGreatSpiderman550 cord
Weight2lbs1lb 3oz1lb-ish2.8lbs
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photo of tomahawk

There is a weight/power trade-off in tactical tomahawks. If you want something that will smash through sheet metal, doors, or a fuselage with easy, you will need some weight in the tactical axe; however, if you want something that is easy to carry around for long ruck marches, you would want something that is a little bit lighter.

Because of this, the tactical tomahawk should be somewhere between 1 pound and 2 pounds. Over 2 pounds and, in my opinion, you are better off leaving it home.

Here are other important factors when considering a tactical tomahawk:

  • Blade: it should be sharp when you get it and should stay sharp for a while.
  • Balance: it should feel well balanced in your hand so that it swings/throws easily.
  • Grip: The ax’s grip should be good. You don’t want it to slip during a hot day’s work.
  • Sheath: The sheath should be of high quality. A low-quality sheath on a good tomahawk is terrible. Leather sheaths are also too heavy, go for the nylon ones (it’ll also do better in humid conditions).

SOG F01T-N Tactical Tomahawk

SOG tomahawk cutting wood

SOG is a company with a long record of providing good, high-quality tactical equipment. This ax is not an exception to that history. It is based on the Vietnam era tomahawks and feels very good in your hands.

It weighs 2 pounds exactly and clears tree limbs with ease. Like, I was taking down limbs that were big as my wrist with 2 swings.

The blade is razor sharp right out of the box and, after the backyard tests, it stayed sharp as well. The balance is very good since they did have 40 years to perfect this ax. It does not have a full tang (the tang stops at the last screw on the handle) but that didn’t throw the balance off at all.

The grip is very nice. All of the tomahawks we reviewed for this article had good grips. No cheap, flimsy grips were found.

The sheath was good as well. It was a nylon sheath with two clips on the bottom. SOG also provides MOLLE sheaths if you need to attach this to your rucksack.

Overall, this is a good Axe but it is too heavy in my opinion. Read more about it here.

SOG F06F-N Fast Hawk Tomahawk

Man holding a fast hawk from SOG

This tomahawk is exactly like the last one but shrunk down. It has the exact same dimensions but everything is smaller and it weights less. In fact, it only weights 1 pound 3 ounces.

If you need a good tactical tomahawk for the field and you have to carry it all, this weapon is a good choice. Or, if you only have light work–such as clearing small limbs–this tomahawk is a good choice as well. It can still be used for heavy work since the light weight allows you to swing faster but it isn’t as easy as its larger brother. It is also great for throwing much better than many other throwing axesRead the reviews.

American Tomahawk VTAC Lagana (currently unavailable)

Soldier carrying VTAC in Iraq

If you want to get something that special forces guys use, get this one! Out of all the tomahawks we tested, this one is the lights at exactly 1 pound. It has a really cool looking handle that is made out of some synthetic material.

It is very light so it might take you a little bit more work to chop down a tree but this weapon was designed more for urban areas. It would do great work chopping down a door. It also throws very, very well.

Out of all the tactical tomahawks I’ve tried, this one was the most fun. Look at more photos here.

Condor Tool & Knife Tactical Rescue Tomahawk

Photo of tactical rescue tomahawk

This tomahawk was made for cutting a hole into a fuselage. It weighs a whopping 2.3 pounds. The heaviest of all 4 tactical tomahawks that we’ve reviewed. It cuts metal and wood with ease–in fact, it slices like butter. It also has a handle made out of 550 cord–really good for survival if you need some rope.

This ax is good if you don’t have to walk around with it. It’ll be great for a campsite or if you are riding around in a vehicle. Not good for backpacking trips since it is too heavy. Look at prices on Amazon.

Best Tactical Axe Conclusion

So, which one of these 4 tactical tomahawks are the best? Well, it depends on your needs so I made two groups: for foot soldiers and for mobile soldiers. If you are going to be rucking it for day after day, you would want the lightest tool you can get and the SOG Fast Hawk would be it. If you are a mobile soldier who rides around on something besides your feet, I would go with the Condor tomahawk. However, if I’m just a backpacker who wants to show off a cool toy, I’ll get the SOG Fast Hawk. For $25, you can’t beat it.

Do you have one of these tactical tomahawks at home? How do you like it? Or, do you WISH you have one? Tell us in the comment box below. We love hearing comments from readers. Tactical tomahawks are often paired with survival knives and pocket knives.

Peter Stec

Hey Knife Up gang!  I'm Pete and I'm just a small man in a small rural town who loves the outdoors as much as the other million internet users that cruise sites like every day.  The difference is that I like to share what I know, and research what I don't totally know, so that YOU can have all the info you need to feel confident and prepared for all things outdoors related! And, for those who care, I have 42 years of wilderness canoeing and bushcraft experience in Northern Ontario and spend most of my Summers covered in mosquitos and fish slime, but hey, it's a lifestyle choice eh?
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  1. Tomahawks are designed primarily as weapons, they are not intended to be camp hatchets. That said of course a tomahawk can be used as a camp hatchet, although an inefficient one. I have all the tomahawks that are mentioned in this article and many more since I collect modern tomahawks. If you need a chopper get a “Boys Ax” or a purpose built camp hatchet. As for weight, the tomahawk’s ideal weight should be about two pounds. Remember a tomahawk is patterned after a British Boarding Ax and intended to go head to head with sword or saber which also weighs around two pounds; you get the idea here. Get a tomahawk for defense or fun, get a proper ax or hatchet for work. Have fun and be safe.

  2. Nice explanation, but I would have liked more in depth and specific reasoning or at least a more in depth exploration of how these “tools” can be utilized. I find it confusing if not odd, that many people believe that these axes or tomahawks should be able to decimate wood framing and cinder block or to tear a car like a can opener. I would like to have seen the SOG “Voodoo Hawk” and the Cold Steel “Trench Hawk” included. I think that axes/hawks really fall into two distinct spheres of use that being as weapons or as breaching tools. This is a topic that can certainly use more coverage and clarification and I think you could do a great job taking it further.

  3. Thanks for such an in depth post. Really well written. I like your advice a lot. I wish I have enough cash for a toy tomahawk though. Seems like it’ll be a lot of fun throwing the speed hawk around.

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