how to throw a tomahawk.

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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.

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these handmade throwing tomahawks use american hickory wood and hand-forged steel before they are finished over in Idaho. quite the beauties!

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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!)

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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.

Outfit details: j.crew flannel // h&m vest // hunter wellies

Thanks to Ashley for this awesome shoot!

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