A common selling point of the tomahawk as a close-quarters-battle tool is the power generated through strikes with the spike opposite its blade. “At the head of the tool, you will notice that it is not like your typical tomahawk or hatchet,” Krudo admits. “No, there is no spike at the end, because I wanted the user to have the ability to hold it in an icepick position. It does have a small spike pointing forward for spear striking, and it has teeth [the grooved control surface] because I just like what the teeth can do.” In referring to “what the teeth can do,” Krudo is alluding to the special manner in which his tool is intended to be used. He has devised an entire martial methodology for using his knives and compliance implements—the KHatchet is no exception.
“I designed this tool for close-quarters-combat and extreme close-quarters-combat purposes, not for chopping doors or opening cars or removing nails,” says Krudo. “It delivers blunt trauma and cutting.” Beyond the obvious, however, the KHatchet’s design facilitates a variety of hooking, clearing and deflecting moves. Reversed in the hand, it can be used to strike with the shaft or the spike, or to hook with the handle’s end. The KHatchet can be used “choked up” for chopping and hooking, or in a more traditional grip for hacking, poking with the spike or even trapping and redirecting with the teeth as a pain-compliance tool. Even the head of the KHatchet is curved to facilitate trapping and redirecting a limb, or digging into an assailant’s body.
“The handle is almost 1-inch wide and slightly curved,” explains Krudo. “The width of the head is 4.5 inches, and the blade portion is 3.5 inches. Where most or all axes or hatchets have a straight handle throughout, the KHatchet has that slight hook and a V-shape point, which is bevel-ground on one side. It was created that way so that, in combat at close quarters, it could be used in a standard forward grip or in a reverse grip, choking up on the blade portion. The shaft can be used to strike, to block and parry like a baton, and even to hook appendages.”
Chop, Hack & Slice
The cutting edge of the KHatchet is very sharp and very scary. Its curve makes it a natural slicer, and its points make it a close-quarters terror. It will chop and hack, yes, and the 1095 steel holds up to abuse reasonably well. After enough strikes at a telephone pole, it did require honing on a diamond rod, but it took a new edge quickly and was soon sharp enough to shave with. Fit and finish are excellent, although in a tool made from a single piece of steel, there isn’t much fit and finish to be had except where the handle halves are joined to the shaft. The G10 slabs are perfectly mated and rounded, eliminating any possibility of snagging the hand on a rough corner. The gap between the two slabs is also quite intentional. Krudo explains that it is for orientation. A user need not see the KHatchet to know where he is gripping it, and should the handle slabs be removed (they are held in place with flush-fit hex screws), a paracord or leather wrap could be applied.