Did you notice the RMJ American Tomahawk?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Daniel L, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Nov 2, 1998
    @Riz! - did you manage to resolve your head looseness on the hickory model?

    I've got the synthetic Model 1, but I think I'd like the aliveness of a hickory handle.... but not if it can't stand up to some light chopping!
     
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  2. Riz!

    Riz!

    May 5, 2014
    I did re-handle it. The inside of the eye is actually stepped inside. Its milled so that there is a little ridge inside the eye by the top of the head. I believe it is there so that the nylon handle locks into the head before the retention screw is put in place. I have to admit, they could do a much better job hanging the heads on the hickory handles. It was pretty loosely fit before it was wedged. I got mine fit so that the kerf (i think its called that) was slightly compressed before I wedged it. Its way more secure now. I do prefer the feel of the hickory handle, but for pure durability the nylon is the way to go.
     
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  3. Riz!

    Riz!

    May 5, 2014
    Just a little follow up... I used the Hickory Model 1 that I rehung for about 2 hours of continuous chopping. I had a huge brush pile that I had to cut down to fit into the fire pit. After all of those impacts the head was still rock solid. This thing is a chopping beast. I highly recommend it.
     
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  4. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Nov 2, 1998
    Thanks! Yeah I think I'm going to sell off my synthetic and go hickory when I do my next trip to the USA!.... which could be very far away at this point.
     
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  5. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    How rigid is the nylon handle? If I get one I want a good, stiff handle for chopping purposes?
     
  6. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Nov 2, 1998
    I haven't used my synthetic one, but I can tell you the handle is thicker and feels more stout than the original V-TAC.
    It's definitely stiff!
     
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  7. caine

    caine

    Nov 9, 2003
    Wondering what the Model 2 will look like
     
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  8. Saito90025

    Saito90025

    1
    Jun 2, 2020
    I have a 12 years old lagana’s tomahawk.
    I have recoating it and change the nylon handle.
    I am very happy of my hawk.

    I have halso a shrike from RMJ
     
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  9. Riz!

    Riz!

    May 5, 2014
    me tooo! I was hoping for a true tomahawk. A slip fit eye with an head profile similar to RMJ’s loggerhead.

    it would also be cool if. Was a one piece hawk like a kestrel but with the model 1 head profile.

    who knows. I guess we have to wait for pics
     
  10. Riz!

    Riz!

    May 5, 2014
    Or a hammer polled hawk on a synthetic model 1 handle!
     
  11. levs18

    levs18

    604
    Jun 25, 2000
    I'm very excited to see what the Model 2 will be!
     
  12. crbnSteeladdict

    crbnSteeladdict

    973
    Jul 31, 2017
    Thanks for the info about Model 2, guys.
    Who is responsible for drop forging? Is that part of production, by any chance, outsourced to Council Tool Co?
     
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  13. Riz!

    Riz!

    May 5, 2014
    They released a teaser photo. Model 2 has a hammer poll and appears to have a curved bit instead of the straight bit like the model 1.
     
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  14. clearytja

    clearytja

    Oct 17, 2002
    Where is the teaser photo? On their website?
     
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  15. ironmike86

    ironmike86 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 5, 2006
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  16. Riz!

    Riz!

    May 5, 2014
    on their Instagram account.
     
  17. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Nov 2, 1998
    The instagram post shows a hawk with the same synthetic handle as the Model 1, but with a hammer poll. It looks heavier than a Model 1.
    Can't see the edge since it's beneath a curved leather cover.
     
  18. clearytja

    clearytja

    Oct 17, 2002
    Thanks...I’ll go check it out,
     
  19. KinJames

    KinJames

    218
    Dec 27, 2004
    Yeah, in the post they said they are months away from release :( but at least they are coming
     
  20. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    387
    Nov 7, 2016
    I have the hickory model 1. Awesome product, amazing sheath.
     

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