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Blade Type Information: 1055 Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is one of the most common choices for the weapon market. It is less susceptible to corrosion, so it lasts longer, and is also easy to sharpen. As carbon steel is harder than stainless steel, it is able to have a more acute edge without the risk of bending during contact with hard materials.

1055 Carbon Steel is commonly used for edged weapons, like swords, machetes, tomahawks, and knives. It is heat-tempered in order to reduce the possibility of breakage. There are only two components to Carbon Steel: Carbon (content being between .50% to .60%) and Manganese (content between .60% to .90%). Depending on the exact carbon content, 1055 Carbon steel has a quenched hardness of HRC 60-64, due to the use of lean alloy and the high carbon content. When quenched, 1055 carbon steel produces a nearly saturated lathe martensite that does not contain the brittleness common of other high carbon metals.

1055 Carbon Steel that has been drop forged means the carbon steel has been forged using a process in which a hammer is raised and then "dropped" in order to deform the steel into the shape of the die. This can be done with an open die, where the die does not enclose the metal being shaped, or with a closed die, where the metal is enclosed, leading to different shapes of completed materials.

Manufacturers who want a long lasting and durable blade often choose drop forged 1055 carbon steel, the result being blades of almost unmatched toughness for axes, hatchets, tomahawks, and other steel weaponry.

Handle Material Information: Cord Wrapped Full Tang

A tang portion of a tool that extends into is connected to a handle as on a knife, sword, tomahawk, spear, etc. Tang designs are usually described by their appearance or the way they are attached to the handle.

A full tang extends the full length of the grip-portion of a handle, whereas a partial tang does not. In the most common design in full tang weapons, the handle is cut in the shape of the tang and handle covers are attached with pins, screws, bolts or by some other manner, The tang is exposed along the belly, butt, and spine, extending the full length and width of the handle. This design provides the greatest amount of material support to the handle of the weapon.

A full tang weapon allows for increased force through the handle. A full tang also increases the amount of stock metal in the handlewhich can be beneficial in altering the balance point. Adding weight to the handle of a knife or sword to offset the weight of the blade moves the balance point back toward the hand where it can be more easily manipulated. While a forward-balanced blade excels at chopping, it sacrifices agility. A center or rear-balanced blade excels at agility, but sacrifices chopping. Weapons intended for specific purposes will usually use whichever design is most suited to how it will be handled.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 60-64

The Browning Black Label Shock N' Awe Tomahawk has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 60-64

Stanley P. Rockwell inevnted the Rockwell Hardness Test in 1919 while working as a metallurgist in ball bearing plant. Rockwell wanted to measure the uniformity and hardness of inner and outer rings on which the ball bearings rolled. He designed a device that could measure hardness accurately and quickly.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standardized a set of scales for testing Rockwell hardness values. Each scale has been designated a letter and corresponds to a different group of materials. Scale C is used for steel, titanium, deep case hardened steel, hard cast irons and other materials harder than scale B 100.

Knife blades and other steel hardened tools are made from metals that match to the Rockwell C scale. Most blade makers display the hardness number as "HRC xx" or "HRC xx - xx" providing a range, where "xx" indicates a Rockwell hardness number. Not many blades measure over HRC 70. Most functional blades rate somewhere between HRC 56 and HRC 63.

Generally, blades with a lower HRC number don't hold and edge for long under demanding use, but they are easier to sharpen. Blades with a higher HRC value stay sharp for longer, but are more difficult to sharpen. As an example, stainless steel has a HRC higher than carbon steel, but it is also more difficult to sharpen than carbon steel.

Company Information: Browning Black Label

Browning has long been known for quality firearms, but now with Browning Black Label they are also offering quality tactical gear. The Browning Black Label brand includes an expanding line of edged tools and weapons, clothing, range accessories, gun safes, and gear bags. Browning Black Label is designed to be serious, tactical gear for those who accept no compromise.

Black Label tactical blades are designed by custom knife maker Russ Kommer. Russ designed almost the entire line of Browning hunting knives. These tactical knives are recommended by Jared Wihongi, famed edged-weapon instructor. Jared has multiple black belts in martial arts disciplines.

These advanced knives are high quality and highly functional. Every curve, angle, edge, and detail is intentional and designed for a purpose. Each Black Label knife is based on a classic blade that has been proven through centuries of use on battlefields. Black Label blades are intended to be versatile. Blades are honed to the sharpness of a razor's edge, but durable enough for the more demanding tasks that a tactical edged tool might also be needed to perform.

These weapons are also designed with versatility in mind. A four-way, adjustable pocket clip on folding knife models allow the user to carry the knife the way that works best for them. Their Blade-Tech polymer sheath that can be adjusted to accommodate various carry angles. Many Black Label models also feature a glass breaking point made of hardened steel on the butt end to facilitate emergency vehicle entries or extractions.

For those who require the ultimate in edged blade capability, Black Label offers the Shock N' Awe Tomahawk. This tactical tomahawk is designed to handle anything from splitting kindling at a backcountry camp to managing an emergency extraction from a downed aircraft. This tomahawk also features Black Label's Blade-Tech, adjustable angle, polymer carrying sheath.

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Comment by Juan on 10/1/2013 8:46:48 AM
a good, sturdy tomahawk. It's smaller than I expected, but I like how it's a solid piece of steel. The sheath is neat, one flip of the guard and it comes out very easily.
Comment by Tom Horn on 3/4/2017 10:52:55 AM
This is one of my favorite t'hawks. Affordable for the common man compared to high end 'hawks (RMJ, ect.) I much perfer the G-10 scaled model, over this cord wrapped version (better grip when wet). There are lighter/faster tactical/defensive 'hawks. but this could be used for that purpose. This would be my, "one t'hawk," in an urban/suburban situation (Fiskars hatchet in rural). Full tang makes this strong, no weak points such as handle attachment. Can't speak to throwing, but seems very well balanced. This is one tomahawk to have in the arsenal. I keep one in the basement, in case I'm ever trapped by tornado/hurricane/earthquake debris. Keep one in the truck for emergency extraction. Excellent sheath, too.