American Tomahawk CQC-T Emerson Defensive Battle Axe/Personal Combat Tool


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Blade Type Information: 4140 Stainless Steel

4140 is a type of steel grade used by the Society of Automotive Engineers. It is sometimes called chromoly steel due to the fact that the alloys used in making the metal include molybdenum and chromium. The steel has exceptional strength to it when compared to its overall weight. It is considered superior to its standard cousin, 1020 steel, for it is by far stronger, tougher, and harder. The addition of the alloys in the right proportions also makes the steel extraordinarily resistant fatigue stress fractures.

As one would assume, this steel is extremely popular in the automotive world. The ability of manufacturers to manipulate the outer metal while keeping the bulk of it stable, makes it ideal to form such pieces as gears for cars and planes, heavy duty crankshafts, fast moving pistons, and durable bike frames on your everyday bike. The metal is also used in many automotive axels, during the construction of important aerospace products, and for making high end firearms used by military and civilians alike. You can find this type of metal everywhere; transporting pressurized gas through pipes across cities, saving numerous lives as a roll cage in a wide range cars, structural tubing for high end motorcycles and architecture, and even in military firearms receivers.

All of these great properties come with their own drawbacks. Since 4140 steel is so hard and tough, it is also extremely difficult to weld it properly. A person would need to perform several steps before the initial weld and after the completion of the weld in order to avoid cracking the metal. The chromium in this steel has also been reduced in order to strengthen some of the other properties. Unfortunately, this makes 1440 stainless steel a bit more prone to corrosion when exposed to extreme climates.

Handle Material Information: Textured Nylon Handle

When you are in the market for a knife or even an axe, what types of things do you look for? Do you pay attention to the shape of the blade? Maybe you are more interested in the length of the blade than the shape of it. Many times when people buy knives it is because they like the style of the handle. You may be surprised at just how many people there are out there who have collections of knives too. These collections of knives are generally knives that never get used. So, if you are a collector who is looking for a knife to put on display then why would you want a textured handle?

Many people though do buy knives and axes for more practical purposes. A knife or axe with a textured nylon handle might be a good investment just in terms of the grip that it offers you. Nylon will generally give you a good grip no matter what, but textured nylon is even better at this. This type of grip is good to have in any application.

You also might find that there are more color choices with this type of handle in case you have a color preference.

As with anything though there are cons to this too. One big one being that they are difficult to keep clean and may even acquire a certain odor after being dirty and held in sweaty hands for a long period of time. Once the smell gets in, it is hard to get out.

Any kind of information that you could possibly ever want to know about handles or blades on any type of knife, axe or even tomahawk you can find at Tomahawk Database. The site is chock full of information and user friendly too.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 54-55

The American Tomahawk CQC-T Emerson Defensive Battle Axe/Personal Combat Tool has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 54-55

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: American Tomahawk Company

In 1966 in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Peter LaGana founded American Tomahawk. His first tactical axe, the Vietnam Tomahawk, became legendary after it was distributed to and used by 4,000 U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel during the Vietnam war.

The unique axe head and its amazing balance made it easy to throw accurately with little experience. The original wooden handle was superb, but has now been upgraded to a more durable synthetic handle, light, yet tough. The current incarnation of this axe is known as the LaGana Tactical Tomahawk or VTAC. U.S. troops have used this axe since its inception.

Peter Lagana was of Iroquois descent. Although he was both a mail carrier and gunsmith, LaGana was deeply involved in the art of the use of silent weapons, such as swords, knives, and tomahawks. He taught the art of hand-to-hand combat for 23 years. One of LaGana's students was an Army sergeant. It was this association and LaGana's teachings (and tomahawk) that led to a meeting with Pentagon officials, and, ultimately, the use of LaGana's tomahawk by the military.

After the war, production of the Vietnam Tomahawk ended and LaGana closed up shop. It wasn't until 2000 that Andy Prisco and a business partner contacted LaGana about restarting the company. LaGana agreed and production began again. Sadly, LaGana has since passed on. Andy Prisco, a professional knife and tomahawk thrower, now owns American Tomahawk.

In addition to continuing to supply the armed forces, American Tomahawk also supplies law enforcement agencies and private citizens. Today, American Tomahawk has two additional offerings. One is the CQC-T, described as a personal combat tool. Like the VTAC, the CQC-T is light and easy to wield. The second is the Sibert Comanche, a tomahawk with intensely aggressive design and updated for modern tactical needs.

As far as the average consumer is concerned, American Tomahawk Company still has something to offer them. They have a whole line of specialty tomahawks, each designed to do specific jobs around your home and property. The handles of the consumer products generally come in American Hickory, making them sturdy, with enough weight to them to make them easy to handle and swing, yet elegant in appearance at the same time. The blades on the tomahawks are all made with drop forged 1055 carbon steel.

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Comment by Scotty on 7/18/2015 6:19:26 AM
I''ve owned the cqct for 3 years, in that time it has risen to be the kingpin of my edged weapon. If I have to run, this is the tool that comes with me.
Comment by STEWART on 8/14/2021 5:09:53 AM