The Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk is a solid, single steel produced with extraction and evasion in mind.
The Smith and Wesson SW671 Tomahawk is part of the Smith & Wesson Extraction & Evasion line designed to be used as a breaching tool. It is a heavy-duty axe with a black-finished 1070 carbon steel blade. The handle features Kraton scales.
- Length: 15.9″
- Weight: 2 lbs. 11 oz.
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. Its ability to pry, break and smash could be invaluable in an urban environment.
Check out our review of the Gerber Downrange Tomahawk for a tomahawk with similar uses and upgraded features.
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The Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk weighs 2.69 lbs and has an overall length of 15.9″. The cutting edge is 3.9″ long and 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 has a nylon sheath covering 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, strength is the most obvious con (weight).
This tomahawk can be a prybar, breaching tool, hatchet, and defensive weapon in an urban environment. 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 we 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 wet or sweaty.
The Smith & Wesson SW671 Tomahawk is a reliable tool that can fill many roles.
I see it fitting well in urban and suburban bug-out bags and survival kits. It would also be great to have your first aid kit if you needed to force your way into a car following an accident.