Last year I did a hands-on review of the Competition Throwing Tomahawk and the Mouse Throwing Tomahawk from Hatchets and Axes. This time I am reviewing their “Scout Throwing Tomahawk” and the “Polished Competition Throwing Tomahawk.” There have been several improvements in the Hatchets and Axes throwing hawk line-up since that last review and I think these new ‘hawks are good examples of those improvements. The main thing that I notice about both the Scout and Polished hawk is that the taper of the blade is more gradual in it’s transition to the edge. Practically this means that the edges of the new hawks have a narrower angle and are much more likely to stick in the target block. The edge on the older hawks have a wider angle and are more blunt so as the edge of the hawk hits the target, the thickness of the blade effectively blocks the hawk from penetrating and many times will just fall off the target. If you read my old review you see that I had to make a few modifications to those hawks so that they could be usable in my arsenal. The good news is that the new “Scout Hawk” and The “Polished Hawk” both stick very well right out of the box. I have not had to make any modifications to them. Another improvement is that the handles have a much nicer fit on the blade than the older ones did. I do prefer the scout hawk over the polished hawk for a couple reasons. First is that the scout blade is thinner than the polished hawk blade meaning even better ability to stick and that is what it is all about!
The “H&A” website says that the scout hawk is “…thinner and lighter…so that it will be easier to throw for younger scouts” and “Typical ages of scouts is between 12-14 years old.” Well, this is true but keep in mind that the scout hawk is still a very sturdy and heavy hawk. Do not think that you need a heavier hawk for older scouts or adults. You don’t! The second reason that I prefer the scout hawk over the polished hawk is the “finish.” I tend to like the rustic look with forge marks on the blade. The polished hawk does look nice when new but to maintain that polished look over the life of the hawk is going to be problematic to say the least. In conclusion let me say that I frequently get asked for my advice on a good throwing hawk for an inexpensive price. It is usually from someone who needs to buy multiple hawks for a group activity that they have planned and do not have the budget for more expensive tomahawks. I believe that the Hatchets and Axes Scout Hawk fits this need perfectly. Not a top of the line tomahawk but more than adequate. It has a very good price point and is even discounted if you buy in bulk, perfect for scout groups. They are ready to go right out of the box with no modifications needed to get them to stick.