a girl can’t live in the mountains without a proper tomahawk lesson.
corey from New West Knifeworks and owner of Mountain Man Toy Shop invited me over to his seriously perfect cabin in the woods to learn a thing or two about manly toys. over a fresh plate of lox, corey explained all things tomahawks.
these handmade throwing tomahawks use american hickory wood and hand-forged steel before they are finished over in Idaho. quite the beauties!
Now for the lesson! Before you start throwing things, make sure you have a safe target set up with no one behind it.
Step 1. Distance: Give yourself a set of five full strides away from the target. This is to ensure a proper hawk rotation and blade placement on the target.
Step 2. The Grip: Just like a hammer, grab the hawk at the bottom of the handle, with the edge pointing down. Keep your elbow at a right angle.
Step 3. Step and Throw: Take a small step and swing your arm forward, while keeping the blade straight.
Step 4. Release: Using your wrist, release at eye level, and watch your hawk hit the bullseye. (The same throw as fly fishing!)
i have to admit, it was pretty addicting. besides throwing for fun, these hawks are actual mountain man tools used for hunting. i think i’ll stick to the fun and just throw them at trees.
Thanks to Ashley for this awesome shoot!