American Tomahawk VTAC Lagana


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Blade Type Information: 1060 Carbon Steel

Carbon steels are measured and classified by the amount of carbon content in the metal. There are three separate rating system when it comes to carbon steel If the content falls between 0.05% to 0.15% it is labeled a low carbon steel. For those who fall between 0.16% and 0.29% they are labeled mild steel. Both of these steels are good for various applications, but the most popular carbon steel is the high-grade variety, with carbon contents between .45% and .95%. This is the steel you want to see your sword, machete, and survivalist knife made out of. Although it is susceptible to corrosion, it is hard steel, made specifically for chopping and slicing.

Even though the steel is made for rough usage, 1060 is still a fairly inexpensive steel to manufacture and therefore buy. Because the carbon content is set at 60%, the metal is quite soft and easy to manipulate during the manufacturing process. 1060 steel may be forged by hand, by a dedicated metal press, or by specialized machinery that mill the metal into the desired design. It can also be hardened by the knife makers during the forging period, making this an ideal material to use in swords, knifes, blades, and daggers that the average consumer is likely to want and buy.

The steel is good for what it is designed for. It is tough, can take abuse, holds a keen edge over long periods of time and is inexpensive for the average person to purchase. The down side of this metal is the fact that it is corrosive, unlike its cousin stainless steel. One must be careful in taking care of anything that is made with carbon steel, polishing the blade after every use, and ensuring that it is not left out in the elements.

Handle Material Information: Super Tough Modified Nylon

The easy explanation of super tough modified nylon is right there in the name. It is nylon that has been fundamentally modified in order to make it super tough. That said the question now becomes: Why?

Why does anyone need anything to be super tough? Well, depending on the application things might need to be super tough in order to get the job done properly as well as safely without the tools being used breaking or slipping out of our hands. See, this particular type of nylon is often found on handles of tools such as knives, tomahawks and even axes. Each of these tools can be deadly if they slip out of your hands.

Super tough modified nylon when used on handles for these things not only allows you to keep a grip on the tool, it can actually add a bit of shock resistance to it. Imagine this…you are out in the woods with a steel axe trying to cut a tree down. The handle is bare steel. Yes, it is strong, but what happens when you strike that tree? You will feel the impact all the way to your teeth. Worse yet when you get hot and your hands start to sweat you may even lose your grip on the axe.

Conversely, when you use the same axe with a super tough modified nylon handle you will not necessarily feel so much of the impact. You will also have a better ability to maintain your grip allowing you to complete the job safely.

This is written in the hopes of educating you a bit without being too formal. If you need any other information about knives, axes or tomahawks, you can find it at Tomahawk Database. You will find information about different types of handles and blades too.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 52-54

The American Tomahawk VTAC Lagana has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 52-54

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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