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Cold Steel 90N Norse Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overall

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Part Number: CS90N
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS90N: Norse Hawk
Cold Steel

During the 10th century, Viking raiders were a familiar and dreaded sight. Ranging as far north as Russia and as far east as Constantinople, the Vikings wielded their terrible, fearsome battle ax.

The influence of the Viking weapon indeed far out-lasted the reign of the Vikings themselves. Its sleek linesand brute strength may be seen today in axes, hatchets and tomahawks.

Our hawk has a curved cutting edge to facilitate deep, slashing cuts and terminatesin two sharp points which are useful in hand-to-hand combat. The bottom point may be used to capture an opponent’s shield, leg, arm, shoulder or neck, momentarily immobilizing or bringing him closer so that he’ll be easier to deal with. The top point may be used to execute direct chops or, with a thrusting motion, to pierce or gouge. The Norse Hawk is like its ancient Viking ancestors; merciless.

Drop Forged Tomahawks

These superb tomahawks are precision drop forged from 1055 Carbon steel. Drop forging is, without doubt, the best method of manufacture for any impact weapon, particularly one with a cutting edge. During the forging process a metal ingot is heated almost white hot and then formed into shape in a series of progressive dies. The large steel dies are fixed to enormous compressed air hammers. Each die hammers the hot metal into a gradually more finished shape. The steel is kneaded and compressed into a completely homogenous mass making the grain structure uniform and minimizing gas pockets or other imperfections that can ruin the construction of a hand forged hawk. This is why most good axes, hatchets, and hammers are drop forged.

These hawks are differentially heat treated. This means that the cutting edge and hammer face is fully hardened, while the balance is left relatively soft to absorb the shock of striking blows.

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  • Primary Edge: 4"
  • Overall: 22"
  • Hawk: 5 1/2"
  • Weight: 22.6 oz.
  • Sheath Sold Separately
  • Head: Made in Taiwan; Handle: Made in USA
Drop forged 1055 carbon steel with straight grain American Hickory handles. Weights are approximate.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Troy S
Apo, Ae
Sep 06, 2015
Pros: Weight, Construction, Head Material
Cons: None
Fun project piece
As purchased I thought this hawk was "OK". The head is good quality steel and the haft is hickory with a decent grain. The head, as received, was not sharp at all. After removing the black paint, inducing a vinegar patina, sharpening the head and staining the haft I have a pretty cool and functional viking inspired tomahawk.
5 out of 5
Greg Z.
Jun 15, 2015
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
nice hawk good price
completes my cold steel viking axe collection.
4 out of 5
Oct 08, 2014
Pros: Weight, Balance, None
Cons: Handle Material
good bargain buy
Upon opening the box, I was happy to see exactly what I was expecting: a solid handle balanced head. The blade wasn't very sharp, but with a little filing and some time on a stone, it turned out very nice. I noticed a lot of people complaining about it having a set screw instead of just a friction fit, hut I don't currently see a problem. I actually went to take the head off to sharpen it, and even with the screw out, it held tight. I suppose after throwing it a few times it might come loose, at which time I will modify it to friction fit. My ONLY complaint about the handle was that it was a little rough/splintery. I used a torch to give it a little aged look and bring out the grain, then I sanded it smooth so as it could slip from my hand easier. I followed this up with some carnauba wax to seal it from the elements. Overall, happy and would buy another if I had the need.
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