10 Best Tactical Tomahawks: 2019 (Ultimate Buyer’s Guide)

There are few tactical tools more versatile and useful then a tomahawk. It’s perfect for chopping, cutting, digging,  breaching as well as self defense. The nearly indestructible tactical tomahawk is a multi-functional powerhouse, larger then a fixed blade knife and smaller then a full size axe it hits the mid-size sweet spot. 

Throw it in your backpack when heading out on your next camping or hiking adventure and don’t even think of packing your bug-out-bag without a tactical tomahawk it’s a must have item for survival.

Get your hands on one of these and you will instantly feel more capable and prepared. They are rugged, tough and durable with the ability to take a beating, not to mention they are also badass looking and one of my picks for top 3 most important tactical tools you can own. 

Our List of Best Tomahawks

SOG Tomahawk - Voodoo Hawk Mini Tactical Axe

Key Features:

  • Stainless Steel Axe Head
  • Hammer Pommel & Piercing Spike
  • Lightweight
  • Belt Loop Nylon Sheath Included
  • SOG For Life Warranty

No matter what you throw at the VooDoo Hawk Mini it was built to do it’s job well. Chop, throw, hammer, pierce the Hawk Mini is lightweight, feels great in the hand and gives you power with every swing. The blade is made with hardened 3Cr13MoV satin polished stainless steel for maximum durability and strong corrosion resistance. Super sharp 2.5 inch blade with low beard and large cutting edge.


23.1 Oz. / Length – 12.5 inches  / Blade Length – 2.75 inches

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

Key Features:

  • USA Made  
  • Hammer Head & Pry Bar
  • MOLLE Compatible Sheath
  • Unique Gerber Axe Head
  • Gerber’s Lifetime warranty

The Gerber Downrange is a true tactical multi-tool perfect for avid outdoorsmen, survivalists, hunters, and tactical operation experts. This tactical tomahawk axe is well designed with minimal frills and extra’s just an efficient problem solving tool. They built the ax head with a three tiered approach like the beveled edge great for chopping through almost anything, reverse side has a hammer head for busting through obstacles and a pry bar on the opposite end of the handle. One of the best thought out features is the MOLLE compatible sheath which makes it easy to bring your ax with you wherever you go.


Length – 19.27 inches / Weight – 1.9 lbs. without sheath & 2.5 lbs. with sheath / 420HC steel

Estwing Tomahawk Axe

Key Features:

  • Forged Steel
  • Included Ballistic Nylon Sheath
  • Shock Reduction Grip
  • Chopping Edge & Pick
  • Made In Rockford, IL USA

Tomahawk’s are perfect for chopping, breaching, piercing, digging and even extrication. Estwing is known for their durable dependable hammers and they have taken that quality craftsmanship and made the Estwing Tomahawk. Perfect for outdoorsman and military / LE professionals. It’s lightweight and has Estwing’s shock reduction grip for added comfort and durability. The supreme durability factor comes from forging the tomahawk out of one piece of American steel. There are many tactical tomahawks out there you won’t find a more strong and durable tomahawk then the Estwing.


Length – 16.25 inches 

CRKT Woods Chogan Tomahawk Axe - RMJ T-Hawk

Key Features:

  • Hickory Wooden Handle
  • Axe with Hammerhead
  • Hot Forged 1055 Carbon Steel
  • Removable Head for Easy Transport
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

The CRKT Chogan has all the character and looks of a vintage tomahawk built with modern sophistication. With its long smooth two handed handle you can chop through wood like a machine. Specifically built with chopping in mind, it is forged from a single chunk of 1055 carbon steel with a hammer finish. It has a hammer head on the opposite side great for hammering nails, stakes and more. Don’t forget about the Tennessee hickory wood handle that begs to be grabbed and put into use. Not included but can be purchased is a custom leather sheath that protects the edge from damage when not being used.


Length – 19 inches / Weight – 1 lb. 15.9 oz. / Blade Length – 3.5 inches

CRKT Kangee Tomahawk

Key Features:

  • Black Powder Coated Blade
  • Checkered Handle
  • SK5 High Carbon Steel
  • MOLLE Compatible Sheath
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Kangee is a great looking tomahawk with clean lines black powder coat finish and nylon glass reinforced handle. It makes for a great utility tool and even useful for self defense if the need arises. It makes for a great camping and hunting tool because of its smaller size and lightweight make it is easy to carry in your tactical backpack.  

You might want to check out our Tactical Backpack Guide to find a good one for your tactical tomahawk.


Blade Length – 2.93 inches / Length – 13.75 inches / Weight – 1 lb. 8.4 oz.

SOG Tomahawk Tactical Axe

Key Features:

  • Hammer Edge & Piercing Spike
  • Black Steel Blade
  • Glass Reinforced Nylon Handle
  • Anti – Slip Grip
  • SOG For Life Warranty

The SOG Tomahawk Tactical Axe might be the most universal tomahawk out there. With a razor sharp chopping edge, a deadly piercing spike which is great for many tasks including self defense and a checkered hammer edge on the side. There is not going to be many tasks that can’t be accomplished with this beast. Throw it in the ballistic sheath which can be used on your tool belt or gear bag and head out knowing your carrying one of the best and most essential tactical tool’s around. Click here to see our 10 Must Have Tactical Tools.


Length – 15.75 inches / Blade – 2.75 inches / Weight – 24 oz.

Smith & Wesson Extraction and Evasion

Key Features:

  • Full Tang
  • 1070 Carbon Steel
  • Finger Grooved Handle
  • Polyester Sheath
  • TPE Handle

The Smith & Wesson tomahawk axe is a simple straight forward and well designed tool. With its full tang construction it makes this tomahawk incredibly durable and dependable. Full tang simply means the handle and blade head are one piece of steel from top to bottom. The TPE handle has 3 position options which help making it comfortable and easy use. This is a solid tomahawk great for any task.


Length – 15.9 inches / Blade – 3.9 inches / Weight – 2 lbs. 11 oz.

Off Grid Tools Trucker's Friend Demolition & Multitool

Key Features:

  • Axe
  • Hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Shock Absorbing Grip
  • Made in the USA

This one does it all a genuine multi-tool built to take a punishment. Tactical axe, hammer, pry bar, nail puller this is one tomahawk axe that’s perfect for everyone. Whether your out camping, hunting, at work or just as a general survival tool this tomahawk makes a great addition to any tactical setup. We seriously recommend the Off Grid Tool’s Demolition Multi-tool.


Length – 19.2 inches / Weight – 2.2 lbs.

Browning Shock N' Awe Tomahawk Knife

Key Features:

  • One Piece Steel
  • Axe Edge
  • Piercing Edge
  • 1055 Stainless Steel
  • Black Powder Coat Finish

Simple and deadly the Browning Shock N Awe is a superb tool great for outdoorsmen and survivalists. It’s also a fierce self defense weapon made out of 1055 stainless steel with a 2.75 inch axe edge, a deadly sharp spike edge on opposite end and a spiked pommel handle wrapped with paracord. Throw this in your tactical backpack or bug out bag and hit the road.


Length – 13.2 inches / Blade Length – 2.75 inches

SOG Survival Hawk Camping Axe & Emergency Hatchet Tool

Key Features:

  • Firestarter Rod
  • Claw / Spike
  • Ballistic Nylon Sheath
  • Glass Reinforced Handle Wrapped in Paracord
  • SOG For Life Warranty

SOG has been in the tactical tool making business for quite some time now and they have developed a reputation for durable and dependable tools and gear. The SOG Survival Hawk is no exception with it’s full tang 3 inch hard cased blade, pick axe nail puller and glass reinforced nylon handle wrapped with a paracord grip. Plus stored in the handle is a ferrocerium fire starter rod a great camping and survival bonus item. 


Length – 12.1 inches / Blade Length – 3 inches / Weight – 19.5 oz.

The Wrap Up

There is no reason to not own a tactical tomahawk or two! If you are a survivalist or prepper then you need one! If you are an outdoorsman and like to go camping, hunting or hiking then you need one! If you are military, law enforcement or emergency personal you need one! If you are at home living a perfectly simple normal life you need one!

All kidding aside a tactical tomahawk is a worthwhile investment, they are incredibly tough and durable tools (if you buy a decent one don’t go to cheap). They can be used to bust open a door or window, chop, cut, pierce, dig, hammer, and don’t forget if you are wielding a tactical tomahawk in a self defense situation the attacker will take notice. There mid range size and lightweight make them a seriously effective multi-tool that anyone can use effectively.

We hope you found our list of the 10 best tactical tomahawks to be helpful when choosing your next one. Feel free to drop us a comment on your favorite tactical tomahawk and what you like about it.

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