Review: Kershaw Siege Tomahawk

Kershaw Siege Tomahawk in a tree stump
December 30, 2016  
Categories: Knives and Axes
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Review: Kershaw Siege Tomahawk 

Fifty Shades of FDE

I’ve always wanted a Tomahawk, so it seemed meant to be when I got the Kershaw Siege to review.

Why do I need one? Well that’s probably why I never got around to buying one. I don’t go out into the woods much and am a city slicker for all intents and purposes.

Kershaw Siege Tomahawk axe

Technical Specs on the Kershaw Siege:

  • Model: 1073X
  • Material: Steel with Black-Oxide Coating
  • Handle: Full Tang, Rubber Overmold with K-Texture Grip
  • Blade: 4″
  • OAL: 16″
  • Weight: 2lbs 4oz (with scabbard)

Kershaw Siege Tomahawk with cover.

The Siege came right in time for me to deal with a pair of trees that have been giving me grief for a few years. These trees are parasitic, nobody planted them, they grow like weeds and were damaging my neighbor’s fence. With the help of my father-in-law, the trees were chopped down and all that’s left are stumps, which I haven’t had the chance to use root killer on. In the meantime, the pair decided to make a comeback. I would normally use loppers to deal with the endless amount of branches that spawned, but the Siege seemed more appropriate (and fun).

Close up of the Kershaw Siege blade

When I finally got some time to mount an assault on the enemy invaders, it was all over in five minutes. The Siege was well-balanced and sharp. I felt like Thor swinging Mjolnir; the majority of the branches were cut clean with one swing. Somewhere in the background, my wife’s eyes were rolling while I had my fun.

Kershaw Siege handle end.

Here’s what Kershaw has to say about the Siege:

“Kershaw is proud to introduce our own tomahawk, the new Siege.

This powerful tool is adept at everything from obstacle removal and dynamic entry to opening crates. The hatchet head offers a durable edge. The back spike is designed for maximum penetration, while the pommel includes a nail-puller and a sturdy pry bar.

The Siege’s steel provides strength, wear resistance, and durability; the black-oxide coating protects the blade. Riveted, glass-filled nylon scales with Kershaw’s exclusive K-Texture™ pattern offer a secure grip and handling comfort.”

Kershaw Siege Tomahawk with the blade cover on.

The Siege felt well-balanced, and the rubber grip gave me enough to hang onto while swinging away. I’m confident that this feature spared me some injuries and/or property damage. The spike in the rear is very sharp and something that I was very wary about when it was in use. The pry bar at the base worked well with pulling nails out with ease.

Overall, I really liked the Siege. It’s sturdy, being a solid single piece of steel. The Black-Oxide finish is tough, none of it scratched off during usage. The blade and spike are sharp out of the box. Weighing in at 2 lbs, it has good weight without being too heavy. MSRP is $79.99 but street price is under $40 shipped via

Kershaw Siege

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The only thing I didn’t like was the scabbard. It’s reinforced nylon and gets the job done so you won’t cut yourself when it’s not in use, but the belt strap doesn’t make it easy to attach it a belt or anything else. But overall the Siege is a solid, affordable, very practical even for me, handy around the house or when you’re out camping, and is something I’d recommend to anyone who’s been wanting a Tomahawk of their own.

-Fifty Shades of FDE

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About the Author

Fifty Shades of FDE is a full-time LEO in California with about a decade's service in a very large metropolitan agency. He’s a husband, father and firearms enthusiast. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment and a proponent of law abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves with concealed carry permits. He runs his @fiftyshadesofFDE page on Instagram and writes gun/gear reviews on - when he's not writing for Breach-Bang-Clear, of course.


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