Browning Shock N' Awe Tomahawk Review

Being a staunch enthusiast of full tang tomahawks and knives, I was in search of a new self-defense tool that I could carry with me on long hikes into the mountains where bears and mountain lions might be abound.  

During my search, I came across various different brands such as the Smith & Wesson Extraction and Evasion, CRKT Kangee, Gerber Downrange, and the one that caught my eye the most due to it's smaller size and Kydex sheath, the Browning Shock N' Awe. 

I was looking for something lightweight, with a spike and a pommel, and that would be quick to draw in case of an emergency or unexpected attack by an unfavorable beast. The Shock N' Awe fit the bill. 

It is only 10.5" overall in length with a matte finish axe head that has a 2.75" cutting edge. I purchased the Desert Tan color with a para-cord wrapped handle. 

There is a glass breaker at the end of the handle with a lanyard hole, and a spike behind the blade to drive some serious holes in something. 

As far as throwing, I have successfully chucked this thing into trees. The cool thing about it, is that it has a penetrating tip in 3 places, making your target easy to poke no matter how off your balance is. 

The blade is literally razor sharp, I'm not exaggerating. It slices through bark like butter if you are shaving and chopping small pieces of wood or kindling is a breeze. I carry a Smith's Axe and Machete sharpener (found on Amazon) with me in my backpack to keep it primed after use. 

The sheath has MOLLE-LOK attachments for your backpack or compatible gear. I swapped mine out with a Blade-Tech TEK-LOK clip instead so I could wear it on my EDC belt during hikes and hunts in the woods. 

There is a locking mechanism on the back of the sheath that locks it into place, and quickly flips up so you can quick-draw on the fly. I've gotten super fast with it, like a cowboy!

When I'm not using the tomahawk, I keep it in my nightstand drawer in case there is an intruder or if I need to breach my way out of the house. 

Overall, the Browning Shock N' Awesome is a definite keeper, so much so that I purchased another one to keep in my truck's emergency pack.