|Tomahawks were the most feared and revered weapons that the early settlers faced in the eastern Colonial America. Authentic pipe tomahawks and tomahawks are more rare than most understand. Purchasing an authentic tomahawk or pipe tomahawk in presentation condition can cost tens of thousands of dollars. A recent George Washington presentatiion pipe tomahawk discovered on PBS' Antiques Roadshow fetched a whopping $150,000 at auction.
Luckily, if you want a really nice tomahawk to hang on your wall or to display with your other similar decorative collectibles, there are many who make replica pipe tomahawks. These replicas can be purchased for much, much less than the originals and in some cases are in better display condition. This is a huge advantage for those who want to hold and collect a tomahawk without taking a home equity loan out to do so.
I saw a sign posted at local specialty show that says "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten." This espeically applies to purchasing a replica tomahawk or pipe tomahawk (known as hawks). There are a lot of hawks on the market with most falling in the sparkling tourist quality. These cheaply made hawks are often adorned with feathers (uuuggghhh!) and have no regard for period style or decoration. The price is cheap and you often get what you pay for. As the years go on, the sweetness of the cheap purchase wears off and you like the hawk less & less.
I only make high-end replica hawks or presentation hawks of museum quality and appearance. Hours and hours of work are invested in each hawk to either produce a final product that looks old like it belongs in a museum, or something new that is period appropriate. Only period appropriate stains and finishes are used, which often involve hours of hand rubbing the handles. I spend hours aging each brass tack with a patina and build-up the appropriate amount of "dirt" around each brass tack that should be there if it were 200 or more years old.
Simply stated, when you figure my time into each hawk, you realize I make hawks because I enjoy to do so. I collect other hawk makers work, and I want you to have the opportunity to enjoy owning a high quality tomahawk replica.