Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath - H02


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SPH02: H02 Genzow HatchetHawk


The Genzow HatchetHawk is an exciting addition to the Spyderco product line that not only expands the scope of the cutting tools they offer, but also allowed them to once again push the envelope of engineering, materials and manufacturing methods.

Martin Genzow is a German outdoor enthusiast with decades of experience using all types of axes and tomahawks in the field. He is also an avid historian with exceptional insight into the subtle design differences that define various types of axes, as well as how those nuances affect their performance in different applications. 

Based on his unique foundation of both historical knowledge and real-world experience, a number of years ago Genzow began developing his own concept for a versatile, high-performance utility tomahawk. His goal was to integrate the best features of a traditional Francesca (or Francisca, an axe used by the Franks during the Early Middle Ages), a classic bearded axe and a tomahawk to create a hybrid design that was both more versatile and more efficient to use.

After countless revisions and refinements, Genzow was confident enough to present his concept — and the extensive logic behind it — to Spyderco founder Sal Glesser and his son Eric. They were impressed with the painstaking detail of Genzow's design and the clear, concise reasoning behind all its key qualities. Although the concept was well outside Spyderco's established scope of folding and fixed blade knives, they were also intrigued by the challenge it represented. After careful consideration, Sal and Eric decided to pursue the project and collaborate with Genzow on what was originally intended as Spyderco's first foray into the manufacture of axes. As fate would have it, other Spyderco axe designs (specifically, the Laci Szabo SzaboHawk and Warrior Hawk) were ultimately released sooner, but the seed for Genzow HatchetHawk had been firmly planted and they remained committed to seeing the project through. Spyderco is confident that the result was well worth the wait.

In addition to its remarkable hybrid design, the Genzow HatchetHawk is unique in that it incorporates the very best of both old-school craftsmanship and state-of-the-art materials and engineering. Its head is drop forged from tough 5160 tool steel and meticulously heat treated to ensure optimal performance of all its different working surfaces. It is then expertly hand finished to exacting specifications, while still maintaining the slightly rustic character of a forging.

The head has a classic bearded profile that is complemented by a raised toe (top point) and a slightly canted edge angle. This highly refined design provides a longer working edge and allows it to excel at both chopping and detailed cutting chores. The underside of the beard is also beveled to create a working surface for scraping. When viewed from the top, the sinuous contours of the head's thickness reveal its sophisticated design. They not only ensure extreme strength and a powerful wedging force when used for chopping, but also precisely distribute its weight for exceptional power, balance, and control.

For maximum versatility, the opposite side of the head's cutting edge has a hammer poll that allows the HatchetHawk to be used for driving tent stakes, nails and spikes, as well as other tasks that require focused impact instead of a sharp edge.

The HatchetHawk's highly refined handle is made from polypropylene plastic injection molded over a rigid aluminum core. Impervious to most chemicals and solvents, the molded handle features an oval cross-section that allows easy tactile alignment of the edge and hammer poll and a flared butt with a lanyard hole for enhanced grip security. Its scientifically contoured shape ensures maximum energy transfer and, along with the carefully tuned balance of the head, provides outstanding accuracy and control during use while keeping weight to a minimum. The HatchetHawk's head is permanently attached to the handle using proprietary technology.

To protect both the HatchetHawk and its owner when not in use, it comes complete with a heavy leather sheath handcrafted by one of Spain's premier sheathmakers. The minimalist sheath covers the cutting edge and holds the head securely by means of a snap-fastened leather strap. A loop on the back of the sheath allows convenient belt carry, while grommets in the sheath body will accept a cord or strap for over-the-shoulder carry like a classic baldric.

The Genzow HatchetHawk is a truly remarkable cutting tool that combines the best qualities of time-tested historical axe patterns with modern manufacturing methods and materials to create a highly evolved hybrid that transcends them all. It is also a landmark accomplishment in Spyderco's product development and proof positive that their spirit of innovation knows no bounds.


  • Overall Length: 15.82" (402 mm)
  • Blade Length: 6.14" (156 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.76" (70 mm)
  • Blade Steel: 5160 Tool Steel
  • Thickness: 0.307" (7.8 mm)
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene and Aluminum
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 25.1 oz. (712 g)
  • Grind: Flat
  • Designer: Martin Genzow
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104700332

Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheathrated 4.250 stars out of 5 (4 reviews)
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Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Munich, GER
Feb 25, 2020
Pros: Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Construction, Handle Material
Best tool ever
Of course every review is subjective and taste is as powerful as personal beliefs in judging a bushcraft tool. But it's time to make a couple of things objectively clear in the context of this particular item. Most importantly it must be said that the Spyderco HatchetHawk is a voluntarily designed hybrid and meant to be an alround bushcraft tool. This implicates that for most things it can do, you will find a tool performing better in that particular task. But it also means that the application spectrum is much broader compared to each of these "specialists". Let's have a look at the details:Weight & size: almost perfectly weighted and sized it fills the gap between a GB Wildlife hatchet and a GB small forest axe. Big enough to deliver serious power but small enough to stay portable. 5*Head material & shape: The head is a masterpiece. 5160 is a perfect choice and the shape has unique advantages compared to standard axes/hatchets. The blade curve allows for deep draw cuts while chopping and easy cutting tasks if used as a knife (game dressing, food prep, etc). In splitting it outperforms all my 3 GB hatchets and the beveled but unsharpened lower edge is a perfect scraper for fatwood, fire steels etc. The hammer does a brilliant job, really powerful. But the very best is the headshape around the handle. You can grip the hatchet so comfortably under the head I would say it fits like a glove and this is no accident. You can scrap, peel, cut and slice in a very effective and controlled way. Impressive and far better than any other axe or hatchet. 5*Handle material & shape: Here' the only flaw with this tool. The aluminum core of the handle transmits some shock to the elbow, not a big deal if you don't fell trees with its but still...The shape at its turn is brilliant, the cross section allows for quick, reliable alignment of blade and arm and the curves are those of a carving axe (hybrid again...), allowing for great carving, hammering, splitting and cutting! The outer polymer shell is not slippery at all and has a real big advantage: you don't have to care about laying your hatchet down in wet grass or mud or whatever moist ground. Also high temperatures in the car during summertime are no problem with this material (try wet grass and sun heated cars with wooden handles...not funny). 4*Summary: This is a unique and brilliant design, esthetically appealing and functional at the same time. I own 8 axes/hatchets but this one is clearly the best alround tool among them and if I would have to choose for the famous OTO (one tool option) I would without hesitation rely on the Spyderco HatchetHawk! Since I own it I never leave home without it when heading to the woods. I make basic shelters with it, cut down small trees if needed, split firewood, make fire, prepare food, all with great pleasure because there is nothing more satisfying than a good tool at your side out there.
Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 2 stars out of 5
Southern CT
Feb 22, 2020
Pros: Head Material, None
Cons: Weight, Balance, Handle Material
Sorry, but no.
I’m not sure what the purpose design was for this axe, but my guess is tacticool weapon. It is not a functional tool for woodscraft or camp chores, outside of driving tent stakes or being a conversation piece. My brother picked one up and brought it along on our weeklong camping trip last fall. I got the chance to get to know this thing a bit that week. I will say this, the materials used to make it are top notch. It is pretty sharp out of the box and comes presented like a gift from a king. That where the praise ends. The oddly shaped head makes it almost useless as a kindling axe, or for clearing saplings in camp. No cheeks, and an odd angle to the blade face make landing solid hits on log ends and splitting them tricky. It furthermore doesn’t have the weight to do the job well. The unusual shape and thickness of the handle doesn’t lend much to working with it either. The handle material is inappropriate for an impact tool, as it doesn’t absorb vibrations and transmits them up your arm. The swooping shape shape of the shaft makes it fairly well inaccurate, which can be rather dangerous. Also, it’s a bit thin for men who would wear a large size glove. The hammer functions as a hammer should, but so does a rock in a pinch. I laughed it off as some kind of a wall hanger item and used my son’s $20 camp hatchet the rest of the week to great effect. I only wrote this review here after finding out it cost nearly $200, which for what it is, is in fact outrageously expensive. There are far better, functional, hand forged axe tools from numerous other companies that outperform this at that price.
Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk Tomahawk 15.82" Overall, 5160 Tool Steel, Polypropylene Handle, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jun 27, 2019
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Genzow hatchet hawk
The other review nails this piece, but I only saw it a few days ago for the first time and ordered it the next day. I don't know how this slipped by me! Though I doubt I'll use this as freely as say a hammer or throw it like I would a much less expensive cold steel hawk, it is wholly capable and then some. The fit and finish are gorgeous and just like there knives this is razor sharp and the angle of the bevels is such that keeping it sharp shouldn't prove difficult at all. Once you pick it up it becomes almost mesmerizing or it did to me, the combination of the 3 styles flows so perfectly together being part Francisca, part bearded axe, and part traditional tomahawk make this not only very unique but very functional and eye catching. Kudos to Spyderco and the same to KC who have he fastest shipping I've had in a while, the day I'd ordered this I'd already made a separate order and darn if it wasn't but 2 1/2 days that from the time I placed the orders that they both arrived and via different carriers! Thanks very much KC.
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