Gerber has been doing axes for ages, but the Downrange Tomahawk is a beast of a tool designed specifically for breaching and entry work, which also works just as well for rescue work.
The Downrange is a solid piece of 420HC steel with a Cerakote finish and a set of desert tan G10 handle scales. The combination of finish and materials should make the tomahawk pretty much impervious to weather or other foul conditions.
There’s just about nothing to break or go wrong with the design, and it’s built to take abuse. It pairs an axe head for chopping through walls, car bodies, or whatever, with a hammer back for smashing glass, locks, or anything else that needs crushing. The handle has a pry bar end for popping doors or windows open or leveraging debris off people or things you need. The cutaway near the axe head acts as a solid grip when prying with the handle.
The American made Downrange Tomahawk comes with a MOLLE-compatible sheath so that you can attach it to your pack or just store it safely in your vehicle or with your emergency kit.
Gerber Tactical Downrange Tomahawk
Overall length: 19.27 inches
Steel Type: 420HC steel
Finish: Black KG Gun Kote
Handle Material: G10
Weight: 1.9 pounds without sheath, 2.5 pounds with sheath
- MOLLE compatible sheath
- Made in the USA
A version of this article first appeared in the June/July2022 print issue of Knives Illustrated.