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Not enough information to justify the price. Buy Bradak's Combat Applications of the Tactical Tomahawk"
on March 26, 2016
I bought this book to study how to use the tomahawk in close quarters combat. At the time of that purchase (2013), the only written information on this subject was a Cold Steel online article by Lynn Thompson[...] .
I only learned two new things out of "The Fighting Tomahawk." First was how to quickly draw and grip the tomahawk. Second was "the rake," which is a niche, potentially useful method of attack. McLemore has clearly put a lot of time in writing and excellent illustrations--it really shows high quality in its presentation. But it doesn't add enough knowledge to be worth the price. That short, free Cold Steel magazine article covers 90% of the relevant information in McLemore's text. And if you REALLY want to study how to fight with a tomahawk, then read Bradak's "Combat Applications of the Tactical Tomahawk" . . . that came out in 2014 and it is by far the superior text. I learned something new on just about every page of Bradak's book.
Probably the biggest annoyance is the fact that I bought "The Fighting Tomahawk" to learn how to fight with a tomahawk, yet almost half the text focuses on knife fighting. There's even a chapter called "The Stab" that covers . . . how to stab!
McLemore says he's exploring 18th and 19th century tomahawk combat, then he does a VERY deep dive on using a knife in the opposite hand, with the tomahawk in the other. The "knife/tomahawk" combo is from the 1992 "Last of the Mohicans" movie (which also had Daniel Day Lewis dual-wielding muskets . . .). In McLemore's "Volume II" on the fighting tomahawk, he admits "Although television and movies present 18th- and 19th-century heroes skillfully using two weapons against various opponents, there is really little historical evidence available to suggest this sort of fighting took place."
OK . . . so half of "The Fighting Tomahawk" was devoted to this Hollywood "dual wielding" stuff and he still devotes two chapters to it in "Volume II." I didn't learn much beyond what was in a free Cold Steel magazine article. Then I bought Bradak's "Combat Applications of the Tactical Tomahawk" and learned a whole lot more than all the information in the Cold Steel article and both of McLemore's tomahawk books COMBINED.
If you absolutely MUST HAVE a well illustrated McLemore book about tomahawk fighting, don't bother with "The Fighting Tomahawk." Instead, skip it and get Volume 2. It's a repeat of almost everything in Volume 1, only with more information and illustrationsl.