CRKT Woods Chogan T-Hawk

By Dr. Jim and Mary Clary

CRKT Woods Chogan T-Hawk
Illustration courtesy of Columbia River Knife & Tool, Inc.

Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been designing and refining his tactical tomahawk designs for the past thirty years. Most folks will agree that his designs are the best of the best. His Chogan T-Hawk, is not standard issue in the U.S. military, but it should be. However, several Special Forces units and Rangers are allowed to carry them into combat.

Ryan decided that a civilian version of his T-Hawk would be useful for campers, backpackers and hunters heading into the hills for a few days. With that in mind he designed the Woods Chogan.

It reminds us a bit of a Cherokee tomahawk, a great cutting surface in front and a hammerhead at the back for tent stakes. The 1055 Carbon Steel head, made in Taiwan, is hot forged to a hardness of 50-55 RHC. The primary and secondary edge bevels are flat ground for efficient cutting.

The Woods Chogan is ideal for chopping, without chipping, and it can be re-sharpened easily with a hand stone. We have already used it around the farm for chopping and driving nails into fence posts. Two great tools in one at a very affordable price. The lacquer sealed Tennessee hickory handle, made in the USA, promises years of service.

Knowing most outdoors enthusiasts would want this tool readily available, rather than tucked into a backpack, Ryan designed an optional leather sheath (also made in the USA) with belt loops for convenient carrying. We even figured out how to easily attach the sheath to one of the MOLLE loops on the outside of Jim's backpack. (He doesn't like anything hanging from his belt except a knife and pistol). With the Woods T-Hawk securely attached to the outside of his backpack, it was still readily available.

Features and Specifications

  • Model number: 2730 Chogan T-Hawk
  • Designer: Ryan Johnson
  • Type: Two-handed Camp Axe
  • Blade length: 4.21 inches
  • Blade width: 0.52 inches
  • Grind: Flat
  • Blade finish: Hammered
  • Blade material: 1055 Carbon Steel
  • Hardness: 50-55 HRC
  • Handle: Tennessee Hickory
  • Sheath: 6/7 full grain leather
  • Overall length: 19.13 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds 1.4 ounces
  • Country of origin: Taiwan (head); USA (handle and sheath)
  • 2017 MSRP: $69.95 for T-Hawk / $24.99 for leather sheath

The entire package, T-Hawk and sheath, has an MSRP of $94.94. You can pay more and you can pay less for similar tools, but they will not be of the same quality or as good as Ryan's. The "Woods-Hawk" is now part of our regular hunting and camping gear.

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