I know I cannot afford it. I have no idea what I would do with it. In fact, I would probably grievously insult the mind behind it and end up mounting it on a wall.
But, wow, do I want one of those tomahawks:
Harlan Whitman designed the Instinct Tomahawk as an evolution of the many generations of tactical tomahawks that came before. He grew up in Missouri with an artistic Mother and a mechanical Father. He has a degree in industrial design, but claims that he “tries to forget” most of what he was taught. According to Harlan, “As with my art and products, everything takes a lifetime of experience to develop. That’s what you pay for when you buy handmade. It was designed to chop and look sexy doing it.”
I cannot say as though I know a blessed thing about axes, but I dare say he hit the mark.
Personal Armament Network (who has a spiffy new e-book out on everyday carry gear) has the full run-down on the specifications, construction, and all the rest (along with the most-important detail – a price tag of $750), but, for me, this is definitely one of those cases where form appears to have followed function to a positively beautiful conclusion. I can almost see some Warhammer40k-’verse dwarf slamming this thing out on his forge, only to go off and decapitate some troll with it.
And troll decapitation is never a bad thing.
If you want one of these gorgeous tools (and can afford it), you will either have to find Mr. Whitman at The Oregon Knife Show, or drop him a line at "harlanwhitman (at) gmail (dot) com"… and if you do snag one, please send me pictures!