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A Trench Hawk Review (new pics/dissassembled) - Thursday, June 10, 2010 5:47 PM ( #1 )
my trench hawk arrived last week and a few people here and there are looking for reviews on one. so here is mine.
 
The Trench Hawk w/ sheath. as you can see, i paracord wrapped almost the entire handle. while the handle is fine in and of itself, the paracord adds more thickness and a better grip AFAIC. i also added a small flat weave in the lanyard just for fun. the head is secured to the shaft by two large bolts that could very easily be removed should you break your handle. this is a huge plus IMO

 
here we see the sheath. the sheath in and of itself is something incredible. it is actually 3 pieces attached together by 2 rotaters (i dont know what else to call them). when putting the sheath back on, you have to put it on spike first. that is the only "flaw" that i saw in the sheath.....if that can be called a flaw. the picture shows it folded off the blade and the top.

 
the head possesses that certain something that just makes you want it. with a roughly 4 inch cutting edge and a brutal spike on the back end, how could you not? the spike itself measures about 2 3/4" with the total length of the head mesauring approx 8 3/4" long (thats edge of blade to point of spike)

as you can see, there are 2 "finger grooves just behind the blade. as far as i can tell, and in my own opinion, i think these are purely cosmetic as it feels way to awkward to try and do fine work choking up that far onto the shaft. IMO, they are all for looks.
 
this is a large weapon. in fact, it almost at that point where you feel like you should use both hands to hold it. i decided to show a size comparison with a natchez bowie as the natchez is the largest bowie that CS makes.

 
 
final thoughts:
the trench hawk is the epitomy(<----spelled right?) of a weapon IMO. i just cant see it being used for anything else than cutting down/spiking your opponent. and IMO, CS hit a home run with this one. The trench hawk has that appeal that you just cant describe. This is a definite MUST HAVE for any CS collector or user.
 
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:02 PM ( #2 )
Thanks; nice review.

That sheath is wiiiiiicked.  I like the spike a lot as well. Might get me one of these.

Have you destroyed anything with it yet?

By the way, it's "epitome," since you asked.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:32 PM ( #3 )
Katana thanks for the great review The trench hawk is wicked,everything I want/need in a fighting hawk.
 I love the paracord wrapped handle, I will do this as soon as I get one. I love the sheath, is it hard to deploy the hawk from your belt?
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:20 PM ( #4 )
That would put the fear of God to a house intruder at midnight. The last thing going through the intruders mind? why, the spike, of course....
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:35 PM ( #5 )
Thanks for the review.  Great fun.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:56 PM ( #6 )
Nice review! That sheath is a trip. Good call wrapping the handle.
 
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:02 PM ( #7 )
How did you get it even though it says its on back order??
I want this so bad!
I'm waiting for it to show up on Amazon so I can get a good deal.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:30 PM ( #8 )
Nice review, thanks.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:02 PM ( #9 )
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Have you destroyed anything with it yet?

By the way, it's "epitome," since you asked.

 
nope i havent. as of now, it still has the factory grease on the blade edge.
thanks for the spelling correction. i knew it didnt look right.

wave man


 I love the sheath, is it hard to deploy the hawk from your belt?

 
one of the things i forgot to mention about that is that there isnt any sort of belt loop for it. you'd have to tuck it in between your pants and belt. and if the sheath is left on, you wouldnt be able to have a very quick draw on this bad boy.
 
Link, beats me. maybe they got a small order in or something. i ordered this a long time ago. maybe i was high up on the back order list to get one. i dont know.

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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:35 PM ( #10 )
thanx next time order me one too im jealous
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:47 PM ( #11 )
I've been thinking about this for a while, how to carry a fighting tomahawk (for me it was how to safely carry my SOG fusion tactical tomahawk,and still be able to deploy the hawk quickly).What I'm thinking is of a stiff kydex sheath that has belt loops and is opened at the top but close at the bottom,except for a hole that allows the handle to pass through,which allows the hawk to be dropped in handle first sliding in till the head of the hawk is completely covered,then to have a snap strap over the top so the hawk doesn't  jump out while you are moving.One would draw the hawk up,after the snap strap is disengaged,and out of the sheath.


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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 12:01 AM ( #12 )
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I've been thinking about this for a while, how to carry a fighting tomahawk (for me it was how to safely carry my SOG fusion tactical tomahawk,and still be able to deploy the hawk quickly).What I'm thinking is of a stiff kydex sheath that has belt loops and is opened at the top but close at the bottom,except for a hole that allows the handle to pass through,which allows the hawk to be dropped in handle first sliding in till the head of the hawk is completely covered,then to have a snap strap over the top so the hawk doesn't  jump out while you are moving.One would draw the hawk up,after the snap strap is disengaged,and out of the sheath.

 
I've seen leather sheaths like the one you are describing.

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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 1:56 AM ( #13 )
@ Katana: How does it swing? Is it quick or clumsy?

@ wave man: I saw a shoulder rig by Survival Sheath Systems that had a kydex sheath that was open at the bottom so you could get to your hawk lightning fast.
A more traditional variant would be a baldric.


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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 2:57 AM ( #14 )
Thanks Ookami for the suggestion of Survival sheath  systems,
I just visited their site, very impressive. I like the double shoulder sheath, the single shoulder sheath (both for tomahawks although they didn't list either the trench hawk or my SOG tactical tomahawk as options) as well as the back sheath for my trail master.


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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 3:08 AM ( #15 )
looks like I have another cs item I need to purchase. The Natchez and Trenchhawk would make a wicked combo me thinks.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 6:30 AM ( #16 )
Katana,

Wow! Thanks for the awesome review! I just added the Trench Hawk to my list of "most wanted" Cold Steel products.

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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 7:03 AM ( #17 )
What does the head look like without the handle attached?  If the tang were short enough, you could unmount the head to use as a handtool in survival mode.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 12:10 PM ( #18 )
that's definitely going on the to get list!  It'll be the first 'hawk in my collection :)

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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 3:20 PM ( #19 )
Good review. Thanks!
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Friday, June 11, 2010 5:27 PM ( #20 )

@ Katana: How does it swing? Is it quick or clumsy?
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its not quick, thats for sure. but it doesnt feel clumsy either. with practice, you could move it at a moderate speed me thinks

What does the head look like without the handle attached?  If the tang were short enough, you could unmount the head to use as a handtool in survival mode.

as sooon as i can round up some allen wrenches, ill take it apart and post pics.....maybe tomorrow or sunday.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Saturday, June 12, 2010 5:01 PM ( #21 )
It's one of the few items from this year's line that came on my list. The paracord wrap looks good.
The finger grooves - if you carry an axe in hand, holding it just behind the head is the best way to go. Holding it at the end of shaft is not good - I have a thick scar on my right knee as proof for this :)
Also, there are techniques for really close combat with axe when you can't swing it properly that can use these grooves. Such as holding it right there, using the shaft to parry opponent's knife and delivering nasty facestrikes with the axehead. And maybe the grooves are placed there just for easier handling while taking off the sheath.
About the sheath - while having "cleverly articulated design" as CS site says, it looks not very useful for a weapon. I plan to make a thick leather sheath for mine, which would be inspired by entrenching shovel sheath. That means, the sheath is fully opened on the bottom side and the axe is held in by a strap with pressbutton or something like that - I'll most likely put a solid metal "rivet-button" on the sheath and make a hole with  notch in the secure strap. Just like old military gear had. This is one of the best systems I ever saw and unlike velcro or pressbutton it's silent.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Saturday, June 12, 2010 6:35 PM ( #22 )
knecht,

thank you for the insight and information on the finger grooves. it looks like i was wrong and that they do, indeed, serve a useful purpose.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Sunday, June 13, 2010 12:17 AM ( #23 )
Good review, thanks for the pics. I plan to do an inverted kydex sheath for mine(when I get one). I'll do pics when I get it done.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Sunday, June 13, 2010 7:35 AM ( #24 )
Chris, 

I'll let you know when the Trench Hawks are in, then it'll be interesting to see what you come up with for your sheath.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Sunday, June 13, 2010 2:44 PM ( #25 )
Katana

as sooon as i can round up some allen wrenches, ill take it apart and post pics.....maybe tomorrow or sunday.

Hooray!  I can't wait to see it disassembled.  Thanks for the review.  I had no idea it would come with such a nice plastic sheath.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:16 PM ( #26 )
Good work Katana, I like the wrap too..
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Monday, June 14, 2010 9:39 PM ( #27 )
sorry guys. im super slammed this week with work. wont see pics of the dissasembled T-Hawk til probably the weekend
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 1:48 AM ( #28 )
Great review there katana!!!!!!!!!, it looks like CS will need a lot of them now just to fill the new must haves for members orders.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:12 AM ( #29 )
Niiice.
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Re:A Trench Hawk Review - Tuesday, June 15, 2010 12:41 PM ( #30 )
<<drool>>

need one!
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