Daniel Winkler had been forging knives for almost a decade before he became a full-time bladesmith in 1988. Inspired by frontier America, Winkler began making knives that would be useful in the wilderness. He founded Winkler Knives and expanded his business to include various types of survival knives, such as a belt knife or neck knife, tomahawks, and even muzzle-loading guns. His products are a merger of american pioneer and modern military. Winkler makes high quality and custom-made products that he hopes will last longer than a lifetime and serve as heirlooms for years to come. Recently, Winkler began working with the U.S. military and established the Winkler Knives II product line. One of the items in the new product line is a Combat Axe.
First invented by the Native Americans, the combat axe, also known as a tomahawk, has been a multi-purpose tool and hand-to-hand combat, or throwing, weapon for centuries. The combat axe was approved as a tactical weapon for U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War, but is still in use today by troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the early 1990s, a Navy SEAL asked Daniel Winkler, owner of Winkler Knives, to forge him a combat/breaching axe. The Navy Seal carried this axe with him during the Gulf War and again when he reenlisted after 9/11 with Army Special Operations. The Winkler Combat Axe soon gained popularity among his comrades and eventually a Navy SEAL team asked Daniel Winkler to outfit their squadron with his combat axes.
The tomahawk blade on the Hammer Combat Axe is made from 80CRV2 carbon steel with flat grinds and a black Caswell finish, while the handle is made from black micarta. The blade size is 2 1/2" , while the total size of the tomahawk is 6", and the total length of the entire tool is 13 3/4". It is a breaching/combat axe similar to the ones used by the military, and it weighs only 1.5 pounds. It offers "a full length, integral, tapered, and skeletonized tang that lessons overall weight and provides a no fail handle."(Daniel Winkler) This hammer combat axe also packs an effective blow due to the forward weight distribution. Lanyard hole in the handle.
Winkler Knives Hammer Combat Axes are for more than just hand-to-hand combat. They are an excellent multi-purpose and survival tool.
MAKER: Winkler Knives II
BLADE SIZE: 2 1/2"
TOTAL SIZE: 5 1/2"
TOTAL LENGTH: 13 3/4
BLADE MATERIAL: 80CRV2 Carbon Steel - Black Caswell Finish
HANDLE: Black Micarta
SHEATH: Custom Felt Lined Kydex Sheath
WEIGHT: 1 lb. 9.2 oz.