Knives Illustrated

THE HAWK HAS LANDED

TOPS Knives’ Full Tang Hatchet Backs Up a Beautiful Design with Hard-hitting Power

- BY MICHAEL D’ANGONA

There are hatchets and then there is the Ucon Hawk Hatchet. This superbly constructe­d chopping tool designed by Leo Espinoza at Tops Knives is a masterpiec­e of both functional­ity and a display piece of absolute beauty.

Sporting a full tang and a unique handle that provides a sturdy grip for both powerful chops as well as more precision cuts and shaving, the Hawk is an all-around valuable piece of outdoor gear.

But looks are one thing and positive results in the field are another. So, how would this new addition into the world of handheld choppers stand up to the rigors of hardcore use in the backwoods? The answers follow as I took this tool on the road and into Mother Nature’s backyard to see for myself if the Hawk spreads its wings and flies or falls flat onto the hard, cold earth!

“SPORTING A FULL TANG AND A UNIQUE HANDLE ... THE HAWK IS AN ALL-AROUND VALUABLE PIECE OF OUTDOOR GEAR. ”

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