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Choosing the Right Throwing Tomahawk for You

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It is a typical challenge when it comes to deciding the best throwing tomahawk that suits your size and strength. Prior from starting, one must be totally true to his self. Nearly everyone is capable of tossing and sticking tomahawks in various manner and size. However, don’t you wish to have more than just the common throwing tomahawk–one that sticks consistently. Is that right?

Yes, you’ve come to the right page my friend. Here is the quick guide for people coming from different backgrounds to the right way in considering your tomahawk.

1. Is This The Tomahawk Brand For Me?

2. Does The Size of the Tomahawk Suits Me?

Initially, what brand of tomahawk is most excellent for throwing?

One of the frequently asked question. Cold Steel, SOG, Gerber, CAS Hanwei, Wetterlings, United Cutlery, and many others are just some examples of the famous tomahawk brands trending nowadays. But among these brands that could be right for you will still depend on you. Aside from considering the price that comes with each brand, another way of finding out the suitable brand for you is to try each of them for yourself. Thus, a secure way to start is by choosing from our suggested brands such as Cold Steel, SOG, and United Cutlery.

Does the size of the tomahawk suits me?

Ideally, the length of the handle would depend on the height of the thrower. This is because the length from 14 to 21 inches is the standard range in throwing tomahawks and axes. Furthermore, the logic behind the handle size is that it is the one affecting the speed of the rotation. If you opt the one with a longer handle, position yourself farther away from your target since a longer handle means a slower hawk rotation speed.

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The Easy Steps in Throwing a Tomahawk


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Prior From Starting

Flinging a tomahawk can be done by anyone. Tomahawk throwing, also called as Hatchet, is considered as everyone’s annual fun game which can be performed outdoors. It has been practiced many years ago by Native Americans and Mountain Men in their log splitting chores, animal tracking, and also for their defense purposes. Acquiring these basic abilities allow you to become skilled at hurling whether it is a simple axe, hatchet, or a tomahawk.

Things to Remember Beforehand

Having a good board to aim at is a must as you start throwing your tomahawk or hatchet. The finest target would be some fallen tree’s cut rounds that is piled in a triangular formation. You can also assemble it in a tripod manner that would support the tree rounds. Learning how to throw a hawk would be more simple as the size of the target increases. Thus, you would prefer an older wood since its softer surface allows the blade in breaking into the logs easily.

Tomahawk Throwing Steps

1. From target, gauge a distance of about 13-14 ft

Measure about 13-14 ft or about 5-6 paces from the target and draw a line in the dirt. From this gap, the tomahawk, axe, or hatchet will undergo one revolution up until it touches the target. The length of the handle will determine the distance.

2. Ensure that the target is where your tomahawk’s blade is pointing at

You’ll never know how ignoring this obvious step can mislead to.

3. Position of the Pitcher

With the foot opposing your throwing arm, the pitcher’s position is where your feet should be positioned.

4. Hold handle at tomahawk’s base

Grip the handle close to or at the base with the tomahawk’s blade at the top.

5. Straight to and fro

Aiming for your target, carry the tomahawk evenly in a straight manner backwards and in a same straight way forward .

6. Finish off

Maintain your wrist locked and follow through with your arm.

How to create a target for the throwing tomahawk

When you want to practice your throw and accuracy, you need to have a great target log so that when you throw your tomahawk, it will stick in every perfect throw.

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What do you need?

  1. Any type of tree at least not too hard and not too flaky
  2. Cut it to form a circular tree stump (at least 5 inches thick)
  3. Leave the cut log face down on the ground to season your log so that your throwing tomahawk sticks good and nice.
  4. After a few months, mount the target log on a tripod stand made of three branches or limbs or metal rods.
  5. Lastly, for artistic purpose, you could paint and decorate your target log.

 

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How to grip a throwing tomahawk

The perfect throw requires a perfect form, especially the tomahawk grip. Below are tips on how to properly grip your tomahawk.

  1. Think like a hammer – you have to grip your tomahawk as if you’re holding a hammer. Firm, secure in a form of handshake.
  2. Make sure the head of your throwing tomahawk isn’t rotated either right or left. To avoid wobbling into the sides.
  3. When you noticed that there is too much spin in the way you release your hawk, you can try to put your thumb on top of the handle to slow down the total spin down of your hawk.

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How to maintain, clean and take care of your throwing tomahawk

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Like any prized tool or collection, a throwing tomahawk will perform and last longer if you take proper care of it. You have to make sure that you have the proper cleaning tools and as much as possible work with your gloves as needed to prevent cuts.

There are three basic factors that you have to consider to take care of your throwing tomahawk, 1) Keep the tomahawk clean, 2) keep a sharp cutting blade or edge, 3) and protect the throwing tomahawk from damage or rust.

  1. Keep the tomahawk clean

As the saying goes, “Clean as you go”. Every practice or throwing sessions make it a habit to clean your throwing tomahawks. What do you need?

  • Clean cloth
  • Water
  • (Optional) Tomahawk protective oil

                Steps in cleaning:

Step 1: Rinse the throwing tomahawk with water if there are hard to remove dirt on the blade.

As much as possible, don’t let water run down on the wooden handle, especially if your handle isn’t the coated type.

Step 2: Dry with clean cloth. The blades and handle must be really dry!

Step 3 (Optional): If you don’t mind paying an extra buck on those specialty oils for throwing tomahawks, then, you could try it.

Step 4: Inspection your throwing tomahawks if there are dents.  You could file those dents if possible.

  1. Keep a sharp cutting blade or edge

When sharpening the blade of the tomahawk, if you’re not that of an expert, you could use a vice grip to keep the blade steady while you file it manually to your desired sharpness. For polished tomahawks, its best to use those very fine grit sharpeners or file, to preserve the beauty and shine of those types of tomahawks.

  1. Protect the throwing tomahawk from damage or rust.
    • Proper storage – before putting tomahawk into your case shelf, remember to encase them in their sheaths.
    • Maintenance – Keep the throwing tomahawks in a cool dry place, where it is free from moist. You could use WD-40 for maintenance. If your tomahawk is below freezing temperature, remember to heat them first before using to prevent chipping.

Whatever type of throwing tomahawk you’re into, always follow the three golden rule, clean, sharpen and maintenance. Surely, your throwing tomahawks will cut deep and sharp as when you first bought it.