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CRKT Kangee Tomahawk Review: Hands-On

Axes, hatchets, and tomahawks. Cutting and chopping tools are some of the favorite gear items among outdoorsmen. That is why for this article I will be reviewing the CRKT Kangee Tomahawk (Columbia River Knife and Tool)

In case you are unfamiliar with tomahawks, or hawks as tomahawk coinsurers say, they are not as large as an ax nor are they as small as a hatchet. They are a middle-sized tool that can be used for chopping, processing game, making tools, self-defense, and for throwing. Yes, there is an entire sport centered around throwing these bad boys. With that in mind let’s go ahead and see what the Kangee has to offer.

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CRKT Kangee Tomahawk Review

Style

The first thing to note about the Kangee is the style. It has a cutting or chopping-edge on one side and a sharp spike on the opposite side.

Blade

The head of the hawk is made from 1055 hot forged carbon steel. The blade is 4.21″ long and .4″ thick.

Handle

The handle is made from Tennessee Hickory, is 19.13″ long, and has a clear lacquer finish that not only protects the wood but gives it a nice glossy finish.

Weigh In

All of this weighs in at just under 2lbs, specifically 1.98lbs. but hey who is counting?

Before You Purchase

Before purchasing the Kangee there are two things that you should know. The first is that the comes in two pieces. The head, or metal tomahawk that does all of the work, is not attached to the wood handle. More on this later.

Secondly, this model does not come with a protective sheath. I would like to say something now about this now but again, I will wait until later.

Out of The Box

I ordered the Kangee and as I stated above it comes as two separate pieces. Luckily, CRKT provides an instructional pamphlet on how to hang the tomahawk head. They are as follows.

  1. On the smaller diameter end of the handle, slide the head of the hawk onto the handle.
  2. Allow the head to slide down the handle to the thicker portion.
  3. Tap, or bang, the handle several times on a hard surface to properly seat the head of the tomahawk onto the handle.

Before Testing

I wasn’t a huge fan of the above process of seating the head and before testing it I decided to give everything the once over.

The first thing that I noticed was that after banging the handle roughly twenty times on a hard surface I didn’t feel all that confident in how it was seated. There was a large gap between the handle and the metal on the bottom side of the head. I could also see daylight through this gap. Not good. I banged away some more on the handle, but it didn’t fix the issue. The handle was just too tapered.

The next thing that I noticed was the beautiful handle. I loved the color and the high gloss finish. I also loved the feel of the handle but at the same time, I didn’t. It fit well in my hand, but I was worried that the smooth finish would not provide a good grip…we will see.


Hands-On Testing of the CRKT Kangee Tomahawk

Given my concerns with the seating of the head, I decided to start nice and easy. First, I choked up on the handle with a close grip to the head and used it to scrape or “shave” some wood tinder. It was very comfortable in the hand and sharp enough to complete this task with ease.

Chopping

Rather than using a full swing, I decided to sit on the ground and chop away at a smaller log. The cutting edge surprisingly bit very well into the wood with every swing and was easy to control.

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