Hatchets vs Throwing Axes
Hatchets are small hand axes for splitting wood.
A hatchet is a great tool for camping designed to cut down small trees or chop and split wood. To accomplish this, they have a heavy head that helps build inertia to hit a log hard enough to bury the blade into the wood. The working part of the hatchet is between the heel and the toe and is known as the bit or blade. A lot of the weight is in the butt of the axe head which also works great as a hammer for pounding in stakes, or other pounding chores.
Since they were designed for having the blade bite into the wood, the heel and toe are normally not very pointed or sharp.
True Throwing Axes Started as Tomahawks
Indian tomahawks are one of the first weapons in the genre. As you can see from the image, not only does it have the standard blade on one side, but instead of a butt that is used as a hammer, it has another sharpened, smaller spike end. This allows either end of the tomahawk to be used as a cutting weapon. It also makes it much lighter than a hatchet, making it easier to use.
The design proved so useful that they were employed by the military during the revolutionary war by both sides, then became a standard in the World Wars, and redesigned slightly during the Vietnam war.
Tactical Throwing Axe
With a sharp heel and toe, the present day Tactical Throwing Axe will bite into it’s target even if it is slightly under or over rotated. In fact, new throwers will enjoy the fact that even if they over rotate their throw by 180 degrees, the spike on the back will easily bite into the target.
Throwing conventional hand hatchets that are over rotated will cause the butt to strike, and can cause the weapon to bounce back towards the thrower at a high rate of speed. Perhaps you have seen some of the viral videos of hatchets nearly hitting someone if the butt hits the target. This type of potential danger is removed by using Tactical Throwing Axes.