Here at EPIC HQ, we often put down our handheld computers to feed our primal spirits with ancestral sport. The tomahawk axe, though simple, was a very important and useful tool to our ancestors and the native American Indians of the United States. It was used everyday for both the hunt and the harvest. This versatile tool can make an excellent addition to your modern day homestead. Hawk throwing, aka “chucking”, will keep your eye hand coordination on point and elevate your "bad ass" status a few points.
- Start with a proper throwing tomahawk. Seek a traditional lightweight tomahawk with a wood handle made for the purpose of throwing. A great beginners throwing tomahawk can be purchased here.
- Set up a suitable wooden target. For the tomahawk to strike and stick, you need a solid and somewhat smooth wooden base at least 4 to 6 inches thick mounted on a stand. A thick slice from a dead tree stumps works well.
- Determine the right throwing distance. The most challenging step is to determine the ideal distance to stand from your target. Start with your back at the target and walk 12 toe to toe steps away from the target. Turn and face the target squarely. If after throwing the tomahawk from this distance, the handle is hitting the target instead of the blade, adjust your distance back slightly.
- Take the proper throwing stance. Begin by standing upright squarely facing the target with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms comfortably loose at your sides. Bring your dominant foot forward and other foot backward a few inches so that you can comfortable rock back and forth.
- Grip the tomahawk handle about 2 to 3 inches from the bottom with your dominant hand. Your grip should be firm with your thumb wrapped around the handle.
- Hold the blade perfectly straight and perpendicular to your target surface. If the blade's axis is off, the tomahawk will not likely stick into the surface of the target when it makes contact. This takes some practice.
- With a straight arm, bring the tomahawk upward in a slow, controlled manner. Once your arm reaches your ear, let your elbow flex backward.
- Bring steadily forward and release. Aim to release the tomahawk just after your arm comes back to a straight position at about a 120 degree angle to your body. When thrown properly, the tomahawk will spin blade over handle in a straight trajectory toward the target with only the blade making final contact.
- Practice makes perfect. You'll be a pro-chucker in no time. If you struggle to make blade contact with the target, first try adjusting your distance from the target. Second, try adjusting the spot in which your release the tomahawk.
- Be careful and smart. Tomahawks are not toys. Do not throw the tomahawk near others or animals (backyard chickens, cats, and puppies). Exercise caution and engage in this activity at your own risk.
Want to become an EPIC chucker? Enter to win an EPIC tomahawk and our wild game bars by commenting below!
To be entered to win, submit a comment to the blog post below by 11:59PM Friday July 1, 2016. One winner will be chosen by random drawing on Tuesday July 5th, 2016. The prize will include one (1) CRKT custom EPIC tomahawk with protective leather sheath (pictured above), 1 box of 12 wild boar EPIC bars and 1 box of 12 venison EPIC bars. No purchase necessary to win. Official rules can be found HERE.