The tomahawk is the most versatile edged tool that can be carried in the wilderness. After using a hatchet for many years, some woodsmen have asked me why I transitioned to a tomahawk? Let me state that I have found the hatchet to be the superior wood "splitter" and if you goal is to "split" wood then you have found the best portable tool for that purpose. If however you need to do more than split small and medium size fuel, than a tomahawk is going to be a very strong option.

The major reasons that I moved away from the hatchet and towards the tomahawk is because it allowed me to achieve the following three things ...

  • 1st  Custom tomahawks are made from higher quality material and retains an edge longer.
    2nd Custom tomahawks are lighter weight than any of "my" hatchets
    3rd  Custom tomahawks like 2Hawks is a custom made yet functional work of art
  • 4th  The tomahawk in general is better suited for heavy and detailed cutting task than a hatchet


If you are a trapper that must create traps, snares and/or deadfalls while out in the field, a hunter, a builder or simply spend a lot of time with a cutting tool than a tomahawk is a realistic option. For my needs I find that a well made tomahawk is far more versatile for crafting in the bush that a hatchet. For some strange reason, I was under the impression that crafting is what one did and hence the name bush craft. With that in mind , I must add that if your goal is to simply process wood, than I suggest a hatchet, axe or maul. You will never know what the best edged tool is for your needs until you spend at least twenty-four hours with it. Once you are comfortable with your tomahawk, then it is time to be creative and use your own imagination to fit the tool to your own needs.

As members of the Wilderness Enlightenment School make our way into the reality known as nature, we often need to shape a small part of this reality to better fit our needs. Since we as humans can not simply sleep on damp ground or survive extreme temperatures, we must use edged tools to accomplish this reshaping. There are several concepts that that we must keep in mind or we will find ourselves deviating from the path.We must be just as mindful of what we are not as we are of mindful of what we are! We are not lumberjacks or builders of permanent shelter and the changes that we make should be very subtle. The land should easily recover and return to its wilderness state within weeks or depending on the environment months.

As we seek out acceptable places to meditate, ground or observe we must ask ourselves .....

  • Where will I sit myself & my equipment
  • Where will I eat
  • How will I cook my food
  • How will I stay dry
  • How will I stay cool or warm
  • How will I prepare this meal made from nature

After we have established our objectives, it is time to decide upon a course of action and choose which tools are best suited to fulfill our needs. In conjunction with your edged tool, saw, and cordage, we must use our intellect to transform our reality outside to match our reality inside!


The Wilderness Enlightenment School

"Enlightenment is not a Destination, but a Path"!