A Quick Review Of The Condor TRT Tomahawk

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    A Quick Review Of The Condor TRT Tomahawk



    All Credit For This Photo To BROWN SAFE Research Labs - who did a really nice review of 10 different Tac Tomahawks.
    This is a temporary photo. I will replace it with a PIC of my modified hawk very soon.
    Check the site out and read the reviews. Worthwhile Reading.
    Here is the link. http://www.brownsafe.com/blog/top-10...cal-tomahawks/



    OK it's NOT perfect but, it is probably the best dollar value in a decent quality tomahawk. I Just could not see spending $200.00 to $400.00+ on a TAC Tomahawk so I did some common sense, intelligent, shopping around.

    Here are some PROS and Cons

    The Condor is Powder Coated German High Carbon 1075 Steel. 1075 is a very good steel for this application.

    PRO - It has been hardened and tempered back to Rockwell 56-58. If you hold it by the Paracord short loose end and tap it it will ring like a bell and then continue to vibrate like a tuning fork for almost a minute.

    PRO - One piece construction. Do not let the tubular handle fool you it is 1/8" thick forged and seam welded.

    PRO - Mine arrived hair shaving sharp and nicely coated.

    CON - the entire tomahawk is actually heavier than it needs to be. It weighs in at 2.3 POUNDS and is 17" in length.

    I intend to perforate the tubular handle with rows of evenly spaced holes and I intend to shorten the handle length by about 1.5" and that should lighten the overall weight quite a bit and make the hawk seem a bit less handle heavy.

    I also have quite enough Paracord in the B.O.B. so I intend to remove the cord wrap and probably skateboard tape the handle or wire wrap it. Not sure yet.

    The handle Paracord wrapping is actually nicely done but, I really don't need it on there.

    I also intend to modify the spike slightly. It is actually quite serviceable as it is but, I can improve it a bit by refining it slightly.

    I did some quick chopping on a seasoned OAK plank and it chops well and takes out a decent bite.
    Not really what I want it for since I really want a battle hawk but, the fact that it "does wood" just fine is an added plus.

    In Short: This guy is a tough cookie. I do not think that you will ever break this one.

    I did some shopping and I paid $60.00 and Free Shipping. Well, worth the $$$.

    CONDOR stuff is reportedly all over the place with regard to quality but, absolutely they got this one right.

    The head protective sheath is leather and it is decent quality with a snap closure and a belt hanger thingy - workable but, SLOW to get the hawk into action so I will remake that since I do leather-work anyway.

    BTW - It seems that people ARE throwing this tomahawk with success but, I did not buy it for that specific purpose. If I ever need to throw something at a deadly threat at some future point in time - I'll toss bullets and not tomahawks.

    I will try to post an "AFTER" picture and replace the one that I got off the web with a better PIC.
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    I love a good hawk.

    Go ahead, throw it. It will be fun.
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    Nice review. Looking forward to the "after" photo.

    I've always thought the tomahawk was an excellent CQC weapon. I've been considering adding one to my B.O.B. Currently I have a hatchet in the B.O.B. that doubles as a hammer. I'd like to find a tomahawk that could fill this role.
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    Basically with this one if you are willing to play around with it a bit it will be a great fighting hawk.

    Right now it is a bit overly overall heavy and somewhat handle heavy.
    But, I can start out with some good quality steel, good construction, with an ideal hardness - and with not much time or effort and a drill press and a few other very basic tools I think I can make it hold a candle to a few spike tomahawks that are radically more expensive.
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    I generally keep a Cold Steel Rifleman's hawk in my backpacking pack.

    It is able to fulfill most of the common roles I need it to in the woods. The hammer on the backside makes it quite versatile, albiet slightly heavier than normal.

    Its not the most elegant hawk, but it works well for me.

    And when I am bored in the woods, I can always throw it into a down tree for entertainment.
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    Thanks for the post and link. There are some sweet looking tomahawks there. I can't say I'll be coughing up any of my ill gotten gains (according to the Left) to purchase one anytime soon but that doesn't mean I wouldn't really like to.
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    Well, I don't pack a hatchet anymore. I switched it out for a SILKY folding saw which is lots less work and effort processing wood for a fire.
    The Silky is not much savings in weight but, it saves much in energy because it flies through wood.

    In a Bug Out scenario I will probably let my better half lug the tomahawk since she is not carrying much else. I already have as much "pack weight" as I want to carry since I will be lugging almost all of her stuff as well as my own.

    She is physically in great condition but she has an old whiplash injury that gives her painful neck and shoulder problems & so she just physically cannot backpack much weight.

    She can waist carry the hawk though and I think she could even handle it effectively in a pinch.

    Psychologically they have been proved to be fairly intimidating to bad guys...according to our troops as some of them carry and use them to great effect.
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    Like Buckeye45 I use a coldsteel rifle mans hatchet. Here are before and after pics once I personalized the tool. Mainly it is for hiking/camping chores as well as useful around the property. I made the kydex cover myself.
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    I've made a few dozen hawks over the years. I used to train with them pretty regular and I got pretty good at "sticking" them.

    One of our local muzzle loading clubs had a game they called "handles" where whoever drew the short straw stuck their in a tree and then everyone took turns throwing a hawk at it. The intent was to break the handle.
    First and only time I tried it, I won. I couldn't believe it.

    A hawk can be a great fighting tool. With just a bit of practice it can be a bad-assed close quarters combat weapon that is really hard to defend against. Just one well placed smack to the head can take you out of the game or a hit to the arm or leg can be a crippling blow.

    That extra bit of reach vs. a knife can be hard to handle, even if you are good with a knife.

    I've always appreciated a good hawk, which is one of the few items that can be a wickedly efficient weapon or a valuable tool.

    These days, I use mine mostly for skinning deer. There is no better tool for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    Like Buckeye45 I use a coldsteel rifle mans hatchet. Here are before and after pics once I personalized the tool. Mainly it is for hiking/camping chores as well as useful around the property. I made the kydex cover myself.
    Rocky - How did you get the finish on your hawk in the first pic? I have a couple of the rifleman hawks and have thought about stripping the paint off and redoing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    Rocky - How did you get the finish on your hawk in the first pic? I have a couple of the rifleman hawks and have thought about stripping the paint off and redoing them.
    Paint stripper and a blend of mustard/vinegar wrapped in plastic wrap. Axe Modifications Part 4 - Forced Patina - YouTube
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    Excellent read QK.

    I have a Cold Steel repro of Peter LaGana's Vietnam Tomahawk design, I understand why people like a good tomahawk.
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    Yep, that looks really great Rock.
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    Hmm, I also use the Cold Steel Rifleman's Hawk and I have their Trail hawk too which is slightly smaller than the Rifleman. I prefer the Trail Hawk when I am backpacing
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    I use the SOG Tactical Tomahawk.
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