‘Hawk Like a Pro: A Guide to Tomahawks

‘Hawk Like a Pro: A Guide to Tomahawks

Posted by EKnives on Apr 9th 2024

Alright, fellow knife enthusiasts, let's talk tomahawks! There's something undeniably exhilarating about mastering the art of tomahawk throwing. So, grab your favorite blade, and let's dive into everything you need to know to become a tomahawk-tossing aficionado.

Choosing the Right Tomahawk

Before you can toss a tomahawk, you will need to have one. So, let's talk gear. When you’re perusing tomahawks for sale, there are a few key factors to consider. Weight, balance, and handle length all play a crucial role in finding the perfect fit for you.


Think of the weight of your tomahawk like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”: you want it to be not too heavy, not too light, but just right. A tomahawk that's too heavy will be difficult to throw accurately, while one that's too light won't have enough oomph to stick into your target. Aim for something in the middle that feels comfortable in your hand and allows for a smooth throw. If you’re just starting your tomahawk journey, err on the side of too light. A lighter tool will be easier to learn with.


Balance is essential when it comes to tomahawk throwing. You want a tomahawk that feels evenly distributed, with the weight distributed evenly between the head and the handle. This will ensure a consistent, controlled throw every time.

Handle Length

The length of the handle is essentially a matter of personal preference. Generally speaking, a longer handle will provide more leverage and power, while a shorter handle offers greater control and precision.

The RMJ Tactical Warhammer Tomahawk, nicknamed Snuggles, has a longer 18-inch length, while the classic RMJ Tactical “Jenny Wren” Tomahawk for sale comes in just shy of 12 inches. Both are great tools, but their length is just a matter of personal preference. Experiment with different handle lengths to find what works best for you.

Safety First

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of tomahawk throwing, let's talk safety. This may seem like common sense, but it's worth repeating: always prioritize safety when handling sharp objects. Here are a few basic safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Clear the Area: Make sure you have a clear, open space to throw your tomahawk, with no people or obstacles in the way.
  • Wear Protective Gear: Consider wearing gloves and safety glasses to protect your hands and eyes from any potential mishaps.
  • Mind Your Surroundings: Be aware of your surroundings and make sure there's nothing breakable or flammable nearby.
  • Start Slow: If you're new to tomahawk throwing, start slowly and gradually work up to more challenging throws. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is mastery of the tomahawk!

5 Steps to Master the Throw

Now that we've covered the basics, let's get down to business–mastering the throw itself. While there are many different techniques and styles of tomahawk throwing, we'll cover the most common method here:

  1. Grip

    Start by gripping the handle of your tomahawk firmly but not too tightly. You want a relaxed grip that allows for a smooth, fluid motion.

  2. Stance

    Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your dominant foot slightly forward. This will provide a stable base and allow for better balance and control.

  3. Wind Up

    With your arm extended straight out in front of you, bring the tomahawk back over your shoulder in a smooth, controlled motion. Think of it like winding up a spring. The more power you put into the wind-up, the more forceful your throw will be.

  4. Release

    As you bring the tomahawk forward, release it with a flick of the wrist, aiming for your target. Follow through with your arm to ensure a smooth, accurate throw.

  5. Follow Through

    After releasing the tomahawk, follow through with your arm and body, maintaining your stance and balance until it hits its target.

Practice Makes Perfect

Like any skill worth mastering, tomahawk throwing takes time, patience, and lots of practice. Start with a large target at a relatively close distance and gradually work your way up to smaller targets at greater distances.

Experiment with different grips, stances, and throwing techniques to find what works best for you. And remember, practice makes perfect, so don't get discouraged if you don't nail it right away. Keep at it, stay positive, and before you know it, you'll be throwing tomahawks like a pro!

Mastering the art of tomahawk throwing is equal parts skill, technique, and passion. With the right gear, a focus on safety, and plenty of practice, you'll be hitting bullseyes in no time.