Similar to full-sized axes, a tomahawk axe is used for heavy-duty outdoor tasks such as farming, mountaineering, trekking and building temporary shelters. Its main advantages from other axes are its light weight and compact size that make easier to carry during long walks.
Tomahawk axes come in two main types: tactical tomahawks and throwing tomahawks. Tactical tomahawks have a wide range of purposes from personal to military, while throwing tomahawks are primarily for sports that are deeply rooted in the Native American history of competition. Depending on the intended use, a variety of tomahawk head shapes, cutting edges, handle lengths and weights are available.