The Condor Tactical Rescue Tomahawk

The Condor Tactical Rescue Tomahawk

Making it all the way from El Salvadore to my hot little hands, the Condor TRT (Tactical Rescue Tomahawk) is an interesting tool to behold. The sheath is a functional blade protector, comes with a 360 degree belt loop swivel, and is made out of soft black leather with a snap-to cover.

Condor in leather sheath

It’s simplicity in design and strength of material make for a robust and aggressive tool. The handle of the TRT is tube stock, 1/4″ thick, which makes for a hefty grip. It’s wrapped in paracord that is secured by holes drilled into the tube. Save for the blade edge, the metal is coated with epoxy black powder. Holding the TRT in your hand, the weight seems fairly evenly distributed throughout the entire length.

Paracord wrapped tube stock handle

My personal preference would be to have a light handle, made out of some kind of high strength, yet light composite material and have the weight of the weapon in the head of the blade, but such a design would be subject to stress fractures whereas there appears to be no way to even dent the TRT, let alone break or bend it.

Tube stock handle

The blade comes surprisingly well polished and sharpened, so well in fact you can use it as a mirror or even a signal on a bright day. Every part of the axe head screams utility, the under part of the blade face is sharpened as well and tapers to a hook in the inside surface nearest the handle.

Axe head and pick

Following the head to the reverse side we find a very thick, very serrated pick. For puncturing a hard surface, like a car door, a home door (heck, any door) or wall, this pick would have no problem breaching and being used as a wedge to pry.

Axe in sheath

Coming in at a mere 2.03lbs, you wouldn’t think an axe like this would be much of an encumbrance, but if you were to take it on a hiking or camping trip where you had to carry it on your hip the entire time, I can see that 2.03lbs being a bit more of an inconvenience. Once strapped on, the weight of the handle causes the axe to swing like a pendulum if you’re walking, running or jumping. Wearing shorts or light pants would not be suggested as you are likely to have that thick piece of metal tube stock bang up against your knee. If I had my ‘druthers, I would like to see the sheath be either fixed or rigged in such a way that it could be attached to M.O.L.L.E. straps or made into a kydex rig for quick access. When attempting to pull the axe from the sheath, the paracord can catch the soft leather and cause it to bend and catch so you have to reposition your grip or manipulate the sheath to free the axe.

The TRT looks to be built exactly for the task intended, to be a tool used by fireman or first responder to breach a building or vehicle and smash whatever is needed to get to the objective. The small size makes it much more maneuverable than a standard size fire axe and the heft adds to the power of the swing. Though I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on a belt for an extended hike, it would make a perfect trunk tool for emergencies or camping and ranch needs. Needless to say, if the Zombie Apocalypse were to happen tomorrow, this would be the tool of choice for all your cranial evacuation exercises.

All in all, the Condor TRT is a very utilitarian and neigh indestructible tool, at an average $60 price tag, it’s one hell of an axe for the money.

About The Author

Savage has been shooting and pursuing the hobby of guns, tinkering, and learning about them. He started a YouTube channel at the beginning of 2007 as an experiment and for fun and it has grown into a kind of hillbilly bubba making gun, ammo, and accessory laboratory since then. He lives and works in and around the Spokane area, where there is a vibrant shooting culture and lots of great places to do it in. He has met and worked with lots of great people in the firearms industry there and plans on exploring that more in his videos in the near future. For now, it's all about shooting things and having fun.

  • Savage Chromasign

    How you liking that bipod foregrip? I got a fakey and I’ve still got mixed feelings about it.

    • herrin

      I hated the bipod. Took it off first thing. Not a fan of the ar fore grips. Afg’s aren’t bad.

      • Savage Chromasign

        I think I’d like mine better if there wasn’t a left right wiggle around the axis. It’s only a fraction of an inch, but it makes the rifle feel wobbly.

        • herrin

          That one was pretty solid, but my personal preference is no.

  • Mark Monteleone

    I have a Condor, and have been using it around the house and yard. In another online review, the writer noted that the hawk has a tendency to twist in the grip. Two things contribute to that, 1, the handle is wrapped in paracord which doesn’t really give a good purchase, 2, the handle is round, not oval.

    I have some carpal tunnel after years of keyboarding at home and work, I had to remove the paracord to get a better grip. Doing so improved it by being a smaller cross section, and handling the epoxy paint directly, which has more friction. I would suggest a few more things if you find this to be true for you. The first is add some electrical shrink tubing or tape to improve the electrical resistance and grip at the same time. It doesn’t need it to be camo, if it hits the woodland floor, blue, lime green, or safety yellow would help it stand out better. The second is figure out some way to flatten it down to a more oval shape. Haven’t got that answer yet in an easy to accomplish manner.

    The handle does seem to be on the heavy side, others have considered shortening it, but that would put it in the category of a hatchet, not tomahawk. Drilling holes might work, done nicely in a pattern, and the shrink tubing could certainly hide the small flaws of a workmanlike modification. The butt could also be slant cut at a taper to make a small nail puller, although a spike hawk is less a carpenter tool as it one based on woodcraft. It could also be capped for storage, but the contents would only add weight.

    On the other end, the bit flares at the top, and that somewhat impedes using the head as a rolling prybar. That gets ground down to the existing radius as my next change. I considered slant grinding a better point on the spike – but using it to pry up rocks, dig in our luxurious Ozark top soil, and poke holes in things led be to think I could leave well enough alone. Making the spike sharper won’t last long beating the point into rocky ground, and would only weaken it.

    The beard works very well, I picked it up and immediately stuck the point thru my leather glove. It’s sharp enough.

    Overall, while it’s not the perfect hawk – some that run to $300 seem to have the performance and looks – it’s an affordable tool you won’t cringe to modify to suit your taste and needs. As a chopper it limbs and cleans up well, it pries with efficiency, and the handle is long enough to get some inertia going in your favor. A shorter heavier hatchet would be something else, plus limited to only chopping. Having a spike adds to the versatility and makes for a better tool Strap it to your hydration carrier or day pack – not your belt – and it carries easily enough.

    • Savage Chromasign

      I think we need to make this comment the article and my article the comment. That is incredibly well done.

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