How to Make a Tomahawk

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What if we told you that there’s an easy way to make a tomahawk. No doubt, there are several reasons why having a tomahawk can be useful. Seriously, a tomahawk is much lighter in weight than an axe, and therefore, much more convenient at times.

US Army Rangers still used tomahawks in hand to hand combat for that reason precisely. It’s lighter and has a shorter handle, so it’s easier to throw with precision, and it’s easy to carry around.

However, you don’t have to be a soldier to find a use for a tomahawk. It’s ideal for combat and protection, but it’s also good for chopping wood and tree limbs.

You can make a tomahawk in two ways; with metal if you have the adequate tools, or stone, which is the more primitive way.

  • Metal

You’ll need some skills for this method, so we suggest you only opt for it if you have experience with welding and cutting. If you do, it won’t take you longer than a few hours to make your tomahawk. This kind of a tomahawk will come in handy in different situations from some work in the yard to personal protection.

Here are the materials and tools you’ll need:

-A scrap steel sheet 4x5x1/4×3/16

-1-3/4inch pipe coupling

-1inch hardwood dowel

-Metal cutting blade


-Welding table with clamp

All you need are these tools, some skills, and a few hours. Once you’re done, you’ll have an impressive and quality tomahawk that’s better than any you’ve used before.

  1. The first step is to cut the metal into a tomahawk shape. You want to take your metal sheet and draw the shape of a tomahawk head on it. If you don’t know how to draw well, we suggest you check some outline pictures online for guidance.
  2. Once you draw that, you should cut it using a metal cutting blade. The next step is to use your grinder and sharpen the thick edge. This wide edge is what will become the blade.
  3. Now that you have the edge sharp and smooth, you’re almost done. All you have to do now is add the pipe coupling to the smaller end. The coupling is exactly what makes the thimble where we attach the handle. For this part, you’ll need a welding table and a clamp.
  4. You’ll need to sand the end a bit before it’s able to fit the coupling. The best is to do this step by step and slowly so that you don’t overdo it.
  • Stone

This version is a bit harder and requires more skill and strength. Still, it doesn’t take much time so that you can make it rather quickly. Here’s what you’ll need:

-Three stones (flat and large to use as a head, one suitable for pounding, and one stone for grinding)


-Leather or sinew

  1. Find a stone that’s flat, firm and not cracked to use as a head of your tomahawk. Also, you’ll need another stone for pounding the flat stone. When you pound, make sure to do it gently, but still apply enough force to be able to shape the stone. We suggest you use a log underneath to work as a board. A good tip to remember is to choose a stone that’s already shaped like what you’re trying to achieve. This will save you time and make the whole process a lot easier.
  2. Once you’ve reached a particular shape that you’re happy with, you have to do some sanding. Use your sanding rock to work and grind the edge of the blade. In our opinion, the best sanding stone to use is sandstone or granite.
  3. That may take some time, but there’s no doubt you’ll have a fully functional tomahawk head. Don’t forget to secure the head with sinew or leather stripes to whatever post you’ve chosen.
  4. When it comes to selecting a post, make sure to get the one that’s about 1-2 inches round. Also, make sure it’s not longer than 17 inches.

It’s good to know how to make a tomahawk without any special tools. This kind of tool made of nothing but stone and some leather is easy to make at any time. You can make it anywhere, and that’s what makes it most useful for when you’re camping for example.

No doubt, having a tomahawk at home is more than useful. You can use it for chopping wood, as well as for personal protection. Just because you have a metal tomahawk doesn’t matter you should know how to make one out of stone, too. It can be useful and convenient to know how to make a tomahawk with limited resources and tools.