Cold Steel 90TH Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overall


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Part #: CS90TH | Cold Steel Knives
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CS90TH: 90TH Trail Hawk

Cold Steel

Modeled after an early frontier pattern, our Trail Hawk can do it all. It's an excellent chopper and has a functional hammer poll with a hardened face so you can drives nails, hammer in stakes, and smash or crush just about anything. Best of all it's extremely lightweight and compact so it's a cinch to tuck it under your belt or lash it to a pack or shooting bag.

Drop Forged Tomahawks

These superb tomahawks are precision drop forged from 1055 Carbon steel. Drop forging is, without doubt, the best method of manufacture for any impact weapon, particularly one with a cutting edge. During the forging process a metal ingot is heated almost white hot and then formed into shape in a series of progressive dies. The large steel dies are fixed to enormous compressed air hammers. Each die hammers the hot metal into a gradually more finished shape. The steel is kneaded and compressed into a completely homogenous mass making the grain structure uniform and minimizing gas pockets or other imperfections that can ruin the construction of a hand forged hawk. This is why most good axes, hatchets, and hammers are drop forged.

These hawks are differentially heat treated. This means that the cutting edge and hammer face is fully hardened, while the balance is left relatively soft to absorb the shock of striking blows.

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Wood grain will vary from piece to piece.


Drop forged 1055 carbon steel with straight grain American Hickory handles. Weights are approximate.

UPC Code: 705442003991

Wood Handles
Wood Handles Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
Cold Steel 90TH Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overallrated 4.365 stars out of 5 (52 reviews)
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Cold Steel 90TH Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overall
rated 4 stars out of 5
Mar 24, 2018
Pros: Handle Material, Head Material, Balance
Cons: None
Trail Hawk improvements
I found these instructions on google and I do not know the author. But after following these instructions, I can say that this guy is brilliant. Everything worked as he explained. I had a great time with this weekend project and I love my Trail Hawk. And of course Knifecenter's service and shipping were great as always. See instructions below:"While the Cold Steel Trail Hawk is serviceable it won't be winning any awards for fit and finish. The very fact the head is held by a set screw defies the point of a tomahawk. The Trail hawks head fitted poorly and wobbled horribly. Step 1:Removal of the set screw and head shows the eye of the head has never been finished. The rough edges of the eye caused serious handle deformity when they were seated at the factory.Step 2:Soaking the head in stripping compound allows removal of generic black paint. Casting finish is rough under the paint. However, clear lines are visible from heat treating. It appears the heat treating is up to the first third of the blade and a majority of the hammer pole.Step 3:Debur and bevel the eye of the head to remove sharp edges. Work can be done on the cheap with files and sandpaper, but a dremel type rotary tool makes it a 10 minute project!Step 4:Strip the finish from the handle and smooth the upper portion to remove the lines put in by the unfinished head of the hawk. Test fit and mark and remove excess handle material where the head seats until you have a good fit. Smooth the entire handle to 320 grit and refinish with a good stain and poly. Handle looks 100% better and is good to go.Step 5:Finish the head as desired. Some simple options are a patina with vinegar or mustard, cold bluing, or sanding/polishing. If you plan on leaving bare metal you will want to oil your hawk to prevent rust. There are lots of other finishing options that will allow you to make the Trail Hawk your own. Google is your friend here.Step 6:Final assembly. Place the head in the oven @ 200F and the handle in the freezer. Once the head is too hot to touch, place it on the handle and seat it by giving the top of the handle a sharp rap onto an unforgiving surface. If steps 3 & 4 were done correctly there should be 0 play in the tomahawk at this point. You may now happily throw the set screw in the garbage, or place it in a bin in the garage.Step 7:Sharpening. Sharpen your hawk with your favorite method until it reaches a point you are happy. Shaving sharp isn't required for hawks."Cheers!
Cold Steel 90TH Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overall
rated 3 stars out of 5
Henry Teoh
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dec 18, 2017
Pros: None
Cons: Construction
Cold Steel 90TH Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22"
Received package a feww days ago along with paracords and some knives. As with many reviewers I decide to " redo/ design" the wooden handle and started to remove the screw it was so tightly fitted. I started first manually with an allen key with minimal success. It did not budge.I decided to use allen key bit with my cordless drill. No success. The ultimate decision - saw off part of the handle.Done! right? no,no. Screw was still VERY,VERY dificult to remove. Paint in the tread.... maybe?. Now I have to give more business to Knifecenter. : )
Cold Steel 90TH Trail Hawk Drop Forged Tomahawk 22" Overall
rated 2 stars out of 5
Nov 06, 2017
Pros: Balance, None
Cons: Construction
poorly made
I bought this partly for the removeable handle, and found that the set screw holding the head on was stripped at the factory. Also the handle doesn't fit the axe head well where it's flared at the end, crudely chipped and splintered. Also not a big deal but they could have sharpened it at least a little? I thought Cold Steel had a great reputation-- not impressed
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