A tomahawk is a handy tool to have for a variety of outdoor tasks, from heavy chopping and delicate cutting to use as a thrown weapon for hunting. Unlike axes or hatchets, a tomahawk generally has a straight and slender handle, making it easy to throw consistently. Modern “tactical” tomahawks have also become popular with law enforcement, military, and search-and-rescue organizations due to their versatility.

We wrapped the handle of our older Woods Chogan T-Hawk model in paracord.

We wrapped the handle of our older Woods Chogan T-Hawk model in paracord (tutorial link below).

Bladesmith and designer Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical is well-known for his tomahawk designs, but these high-end tools also bear a high-end price. In order to produce a more-affordable ‘hawk, Ryan teamed up with Columbia River Knife & Tool and released the CRKT Woods Chogan T-Hawk back in 2014. We own one of these original models — you can read about it here.

The new Black Woods Chogan T-Hawk is available directly through CRKT.

The new Black Woods Chogan T-Hawk is available directly through CRKT.

CRKT has released an updated version of the Woods Chogan T-Hawk, and it’s exclusively available through the company’s web site. The 1055 carbon steel head now has a corrosion-resistant magnesium-phosphate coating, which produces a black finish. The Tennessee hickory handle has been charred to bring out the grain and produce a darker look. It’s then sealed with a durable coat of lacquer to repel moisture and preserve the finish.

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Another update is the inclusion of a leather sheath that secures to the head with three snaps and protects the sharp edge.

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Other than these changes, the Woods Chogan remains functionally the same. It still has the hammerhead opposite the blade, a feature we’ve found handy for pounding in tent pegs. Overall weight is just under 2 pounds; length is 19.1 inches. MSRP for the Black Woods Chogan and leather sheath is $70 — that’s the same as the old version, which didn’t include a sheath.

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For more information on the new Black Woods Chogan Tomahawk, go to CRKT.com.


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