BudK RS23B Tomahawk


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Blade Type Information: AUS-6 Stainless Steel

Manufactured by Toyota Group member Aichi Seikō or Aichi Steel, a Japanese steel manufacturer producing hot-rolled, molded, and forged metals as well as stainless steel structures, AUS-6 steel is part of their group of stainless steel products created with varying degrees of corrosion resistance and hardness including AUS-4, AUS-8 and AUS-10.

Similar to often used 440A steel, AUS-6 stainless steel is considered a somewhat entry level Asian made steel used mostly in kitchen cutlery, pocket knifes, cutting tools, and sporting blades. Like 440A, AUS-6 has an approximate carbon content of 65% but has the added elements of vanadium and nickel to improve its resistance to wear, its anti-corrosive properties, and its and overall toughness.

Usually hardened to a Rockwell Scale index of RC 55-58, AUS-6 stainless steel is designed to be honed to a very fine edge for a sharp, easy cutting blade. Its ease of sharpening and ability to carry a finer edge does come at a sacrifice, as AUS-6 stainless steel has a bit of a diminished quality in the area of edge retention. While easily and accurately sharpened, blades constructed of AUS-6 will require more frequent resharpening as they will dull easier.

The anodized version of AUS-6 stainless steel has been treated with the electrolytic process of anodizing passivation to increase its already natural resistance to corrosion, staining, and general wear. In anodizing, the steel being treated is made an anode in an electrical circuit which creates an increase in the natural oxide layer on the steelís outer surface to enhance its toughness and hardness. Anodizing can also be used to create cosmetic surface treatments such as colored dye absorption for decoration or matte finishing.

Handle Material Information: Steel Handle

Sometimes we like things that are great for work and then there are other times when we like things to look nice for play or for our private collection. No matter what your reason is for the types if handles you like steel ones can fall into both of those categories.


Steel handles on axes are great because they are strong, reliable and durable. However when you are using an axe to cut down a tree or anything else it is best that the steel handle has some sort of slip free grip. This will not only make it safer it will also make it easier and more comfortable to hold both when swinging it and upon impact.


Most of the time when people think of tomahawks they picture a wooden handle with the blade kind of strapped on. While they are still made in that fashion you can also get them with steel handles. Most of these are purchased for blade collections. Tomahawks are used for throwing more than anything else and as such they should have some sort of handle with a better grip in order to be both functional and safe. You don't want to be reaching back to throw it and have it slip out of your hand and scalp yourself!


Many knives have steel handles. This is one of the most popular types of handles for knives in fact. They are nicer looking and although they do show scratches they are tough and reliable.

Information on steel handles and anything else related to the three types of tools discussed above can be found at Tomahawk Database. You will find everything in an order that is easy to both understand and navigate. Tomahawk Database is a great source of information for any blade enthusiast.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 55-62

The BudK RS23B Tomahawk has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 55-62

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: BudK

Founded in 1988, the BudK Worldwide Company is a corporation located on ten acres of land in the neighborhood of Moultrie, Georgia, that specializes in bladed and tactical and collectible tools: knives, axes, swords, and tomahawks and more, both for display, recreations, and real-word use.

The original founder and current Chief Executive Officer is Clint H. Kadel. Kadel was nineteen years old when he sold his first knife out of a relative's garage in Georgia. The continued growth of BudK comes from a direct result of his constant expansion of the tactical products available from the company.

BudK presents a wide variety of knives, swords, martial arts, hunting and shooting, stun guns, b;low guns, and survival gear, including tactical tomahawks. Compared to a camp or hand axe, a tactical tomahawk provides more versatility as a tool and weapon, being lighter and more aggressively designed, as well as often being used for throwing.

Every BudK product is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Any item ordered from BudK can be returned within 60 days of purchase for a refund or exchange.

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