Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk Review
The Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk is a solid, single piece of steel produced with extraction and evasion in mind.
The SW671 Tomahawk is a prime candidate for those looking for a hatchet or tomahawk to put in an urban bug out bag.
Who Should be Interested in the Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk?
Anyone looking for a tomahawk or hatchet for an urban bug out bag should be interested in the SW671 Tomahawk. It’s ability to pry, break and smash could be invaluable in an urban environment.
The Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk weights 2.69 lbs, and has an overall length of 15.9″. The cutting edge is 3.9″ long and it has a demolition spike on the opposite side.
The entire tomahawk is constructed of a single piece of 3/8″ thick 1070 steel with black synthetic covers on the handle.
It comes with a nylon sheath that covers both the blade and the spike. The sheath has a basic belt loop on one side.
The single piece construction of the Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk makes it extremely strong and ideal to be used as an extraction and evasion tool.
In testing, the SW671 broke through cinder blocks and bricks with ease. In this case, it’s most obvious con (the weight) is actually a strength.
In an urban environment, this tomahawk can be a prybar, breaching tool, hatchet, and defensive weapon all in one. This means that it can fill several roles and ultimately cut down on the overall weight of an urban bug out bag.
It’s heavy! At close to 3 lbs, it’s more than double the weight of the Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet that we previously reviewed. This weight aids it in its designed purpose so it isn’t a deal breaker at all, but all things being equal, it is very heavy compared to similar sized hatchets and tomahawks.
The SW671 Tomahawk isn’t designed for processing wood. However, since it would take an equivalent spot in a bug out bag or survival system as a good hatchet, it does have to be said that it doesn’t do nearly as well as better hatchets at chopping or cutting.
I would have liked to see better texturing on the synthetic handles. As they come, they feel like they could get slippery if they were wet or sweaty.
The Smith & Wesson SW671 Extraction and Evasion Tomahawk is a solid tool that can fill a wide range of roles.
I see it fitting in really well in urban and suburban bug out bags and survival kits. It would also be great to have in your vehicle with your first aid kit in case you needed to force your way into a car following an accident.
Check out our article The Survival Axe – The Piece of Gear You May Have Overlooked for more of our ideas on uses for the survival axe.
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