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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.
4.118 (17 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Mar 29, 2014
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Fixer upper
All the Cold Steel Hawks are of good quality they just need to be refinished. Doesn't take to long, I've refinished two already they turned out excellent. I'd definitely give them a five out of five after customization.
5 out of 5
David M
Jun 19, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
I have 6 different tomahawks and this is my favorite one. Broad head for chopping and great for throwing too. Makes a cool ting sound when chopping feels like your destroying the tree when it rings. It rocks
4 out of 5
Iurii L
Eugene, OR - Kingdom of An Tir, Barony of Adiantum
Mar 10, 2013
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Dimensions need correcting.
Along with Robert of Wolf Fork, I also compete in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in the same Kingdom, but a different Principality and Barony. This is a very nice axe overall, and after shortening the handle to my preferences for weight/balance, it worked great! However, the dimensions of the blade in the listing are WRONG, it says the blade's 'primary edge' is 4", it is actually almost 4 1/2". For our thrown weapons competitions we have a maximum allowable blade edge, and that is 4", meaning that this axe cannot be thrown without being modified. I had to do so, and now it has some slight balance issues, Knife Center said they got their information from the Cold Steel website, and wouldn't change the information unless Cold Steel changes the information on their website and/or tells them that the information has been changed. So if you you want to use this axe for SCA thrown weapons competitions, check your Kingdom's thrown weapons rules about blade size, you might be better off buying one of the other axes/tomahawks unless you like using a grinder/files to shave off about a 1/2" of steel.
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