Bone Hawk (tomahawk with various options)
Greg started planning and designing the Bone Hawk cerca early 2013 in conjunction with US Special Operations Forces to fill the void in the market for a lighter, faster, stronger, better designed, and better built combat tomahawk. Later that year the Bone Hawk became the first ever tomahawk specifically designed to complement modern combat tomahawk fighting techniques, to handle a vast array of bushcraft tasks, to aid as a dynamic entry device, and finally to be used as a multi-use tool in non-combat scenarios. The Special Operations community members who had initially approached Mr. Bone because the tomahawks available to them were antiquated/inferior designs, too large/heavy to carry and be readily accessible, or too weak to trust their lives with, now have a tool they can depend on.
Prior to the Bone Hawk there were other high quality construction hand-made tomahawks available to elite operators, but their design hadn't changed much since the American Civil War (mainly because the craftsman making tomahawks before Bone Tactical entered the industry had limited knowledge or understanding of the weapons use in warfare). There were/are manufacturers making small batch hawks marketed as "combat tomahawks for use in the most extreme conditions", but their hawks are plagued with crucial design flaws. They are often too large and awkward to carry/use, while other models (with sharpened beard for example) are even dangerous to the user! We also experienced weakness issues with other tomahawks first hand during one of our Wilderness Survival Training Courses as one of the lighter hawks that included polymer in the construction broke under only light to moderate use.
The third, yet possibly the most major issue with all tomahawks preceding the Bone Hawk is the lack of modern martial arts inspired design. The Bone Hawk is the first ever full tang, dual handle design tomahawk that allows for use in both extreme close quarters, and as a mid-range weapon. Other companies have tried to copycat our design features since our hawk changed the game, but we started way ahead of the competition, and anyone else making a tomahawk will now forever be chasing Bone Tactical. We're currently on the 4th generation and most advanced design yet (in stock and shipping!). The Bone Hawk has ended the reign of inferior tomahawks through experience based knowledge in design meeting skilled craftsmanship, modern materials, and the science of metallurgy.
Although the Bone Hawk was designed specifically for Special Forces soldiers, it features a vast array of potential applications due to its superior design that make it an extremely viable tool for more than just the tactical professional. Because the primary intended use of the Bone Hawk is that of a weapon, we made sure its design would complement modern martial arts tomahawk fighting techniques. These design features include but are not limited to: the finger grooves at the top of the handle facilitating a strong choke grip for close quarters engagements, the un-sharpened beard curved at the proper angle for hooking and trapping movements, the extended and ribbed pry-bar pommel also to be used for trapping techniques/small joint manipulation, and the arc of the rear tanto spike that mimics the arc of a natural human swing for maximum penetration on impact (as well as easy removal for repeated strikes). For more information on tomahawk combatives we recommend studying the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali method of tomahawk fighting.
The solid, one-piece, 5/16" thick, differentially triple tempered 4140 chromoly steel construction makes the Bone Hawk virtually unbreakable. It is by far the strongest tomahawk on the market today. A shaft hardness of approximately 30 Rockwell gives our tomahawks excellent handle spring and flexibility. This means the hawk won’t transfer energy into the hand when striking hard objects, thereby preventing hand injuries and limiting loss of your weapon. The contact surfaces being in the mid to high 50's on the Rockwell scale means your tomahawk wont chip or break when striking hard objects.
The best weapon in a combat situation is the weapon that is immediately available, so we made sure the Bone Hawk is small enough for an operator to carry on their person. The kydex sheath has eyelets in which we've attached a secondary retention system of paracord and a quick release buckle, making it a "jumpable" weapons system (for missions requiring aircraft insertions). Aside from being tie down points and anchor points for a secondary retention system, the host of 1/4" eyelets surrounding the sheath can be used to attach nearly any aftermarket clip, hook, or loop system desired. Greg recommends using Thomas & Betts Ty-Rap high performance cable ties with steel inserts to affix edged weapons to your kit. The sheath and hawk are also designed so that the hawk can be used as a less-lethal form of self-defense while the sheath is still attached. The sheath can be quickly removed if the situation calls for lethal action. Leather drop-leg belt sheathes are also available for separate purchase.
The "Modern Warrior" version is wrapped with 550 paracord. A high quality paracord wrap provides a very sure grip and wont crack, fall off, or swell with temperature variations. It’s also lighter than most any other handle material, has hundreds of bushcraft and survival uses (cordage is invaluable in a survival situation), and provides for extra shock absorption. The Samurai perfected the art of fighting with edged weapons hundreds of years ago, and did it with weapons that had cord wrapped handles. We didn’t see the need to change that for our base models. The paracord, sheath, eyelets, and even the skull bead on the pommel are all earth tones in this version allowing maximum low-visibility across a broad theater of operations. Final finish of the hawk itself is an earth tone of Cerakote.
The handle on the "Ancient Warrior" hawks is rain forest mahogany that Greg sources himself by searching the jungles of Central America for fallen trees. He does this because when you buy precious hardwoods like mahogany they are often illegally sourced and you are promoting the deforestation of our planet. He loads up one of his expedition vehicles and goes into some of the most remote regions on the planet for weeks at a time to search for the fine wood you can find finely crafted into these luxury handle slabs at least once a year. The color of the hawk itself is a forced patina camouflage. This is done through acid etching the steel, then clear coated with Cerakote clear.
The "Night Raid" option is our all black version. Flat black Cerakote finish, with carbon fiber sheath and handle scales. Bronze rivets in the handle scales and bronze eyelets in the sheath make this the ultimate option for hard use luxury. The Night Raid bone Hawk is as at home at zero dark 30 on a dangerous mission as it is in a collector's display case.
Our tomahawks can puncture hard objects like steel doors, heavy glass windows, and kevlar helmets with the rear spike, while the face of the Hawk comes sharp enough to handle any soft tissues and all precision cutting tasks. They can easily shear through flesh and bone, even metal vehicles (as seen on our YouTube channel). If you repeatedly strike a hard object with the face of your Bone Hawk the edge will eventually roll (not chip like the "competition"), this is why the rear spike was designed for contact with hard objects.
Aside from being devastating to soft tissue, the face of the Bone Hawk is of a traditional curved design that can handle bushcraft chores with ease. It excels at chopping and can be used to whittle and create fine shavings in a choked up grip. The rear spike and the pry bar pommel both make our hawks surprisingly effective breaching tools. Everyone has down time, including soldiers. For this reason, and for maximum utility we added a bottle opener, and hex drivers in the most popular standard sizes to our hawk.
Our edged weapons available for sale to the general public represent a balance between a beautiful heirloom quality work of art (Ancient Warrior version), and the "no frills" hard use configuration that most closely mimics the setup we give to Special Forces soldiers (Modern Warrior version). Yes, we donate edged weapons to our great Nation’s most elite fighting forces, whose lives depend on their equipment, because they are the reason we started making the most advanced blades and defensive tools in the first place (Some of the pictures on this page feature the first Bone Hawks ever produced, in use with US Special Operations Forces in the Global War On Terror). Every one of our blades is set up for toughness, modularity, and low visibility in the widest range of environments. The Cerakote coatings are absolutely the best final finishes available for hard use steel and make our hawks almost completely impervious to rust and corrosion, while reducing surface friction to increase cutting and penetration ability. We recommend keeping the edge clean and well-oiled to prevent surface oxidation, as is the same with all quality blades. Every fully custom Bone Tactical edged weapon is a beautiful, hand-finished, collector quality piece that can be passed down through generations as an heirloom yet is still very capable of hard use. Due to the fact that our edged weapons and tools are completely custom, no two blades are the same. We are continually making minor improvements, as reports come back from the field via the military operators and OCONUS clandestine teams using our weapons, to keep them the most effective fighting tools in the world. Therefore, your product will differ slightly from the pictures shown here.
Bone Hawk Specs:
Total Package Weight: 2 lbs.
Total Package Length: 14.5"
Total Package Width: 8"
Blade length: 3"
Spike Length: 2"
Blade Steel: Triple tempered 5/16" proprietary 4140 approx. 58 HRC at impact points and 30 HRC at handles