A tomahawk is a type of single-handed axe from North America , traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. Tomahawks were general-purpose tools used by Native Americans and later the European colonials with whom they traded, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon. The metal tomahawk heads were originally based on a Royal Navy boarding axe and used as a trade-item with Native Americans for food and other provisions. The Algonquians in early America created the tomahawk.
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It was the earliest type of tomahawk to reach the native American Indians and it remained popular from the 16th through the 19th century. The word tomahawk generally refers to a light, hatchet-like implement that was derived from the standard European half-axe. Normally these tomahawks and trade-axes were made in two pieces: A strap of wrought iron was wrapped around a mandrel to make the eye, the ends of the strap were forged to make the flare of the blade. A piece of carbon steel was then inserted between them and forged welded for a cutting edge. This was also known as a "composite" axe.