A solution in search of a problem.” Statements like that are easy to make when confronted with something new. At first glance the Krudo Knives KHatchet certainly runs the risk of inspiring such sentiments. It is different, yes: In a market glutted with “tactical tomahawks,” the KHatchet is radically different, offering curves, spikes and ridges where you don’t expect them. But the Krudo KHatchet will win you over through the sheer brutal beauty of its design. This is a tool meant for close-quarters violence first—its utility is an afterthought. It is an instrument of pain that offers multiple applications, and in the words of its creator, Louis Krudo, it is deliberately so.
“I wanted to create a one-hand axe that would be different, in part, from the typical tactical hatchets [on the market],” Krudo explains. “Not only in design shape, but most important in its tactical application, sheathed and unsheathed.” The result was the KHatchet, manufactured in the U.S. from a single piece of quarter-inch, 1095 carbon steel stock.
Each 15.25-inch KHatchet is black-powder coated and bears two G10 handle slabs, at the top and bottom along the axe’s shaft. The wickedly curved blade is hand-ground and includes a grooved control surface reminiscent of the pain-compliance surfaces on Krudo’s Snag tools, which sport a spike that points up, not out. This curved blade is probably the first deviation from more-conventional tomahawk designs that the user will notice at first.