Art Gallery :: Tomahawks / Axes:


Note: I only make one-of-a-kind items. No two pieces are identical. I can custom make a piece for you from a drawing, a book, or a variation of a piece on my site. I may be reached via email at toddbitler@yahoo.com.



File Branded Plains Ax with Pierced Blade File Branded Plains Ax with Pierced Blade
(commissioned piece)


  • This Plains Indians pipe tomahawk was replicated from two originals with elements taken from each one per client's request
  • The shape of the blade is typical of the Plains Indian style being long (up to almost 10") and linear (not much underbelly)
  • The blade piercings were done to replicate the sun, moon and stars seen on several other original Plains tomahawks
  • This Plains pipe ax has a diamond shaped eye with a small double molding leading into the blade.
  • The head also has a double tapered bowl with a filed in lip and medial ridge running around its circumference
  • The handle was hand shaped and hand drilled from a piece of hickory. It was fit to the diamond shaped eye and has a step approximately 3" under the blade. After the step, the handle transitions to oval and has another step at the handhold, transiting again to round at the mouthpiece.
  • The handle was finished off being file branded (a favorite technique of the Plains Indians)
  • The tomahawk was aged to resemble an original coming from the period of the Plains Indians
SOLD

Client Testimonial: I searched for several months for a museum quality plains pipe tomahawk but only found replicas that were offered as 19th century pieces and replicas with poor quality. Both mostly looked so bad that I didn’t want to have them in my collection. Then I found Todd Bitler’s website and was surprised. His work in his gallery site and his explanation on it pleased me so much that I decided to contact him and ask for a custom made Plains pipe tomahawk. I send Todd pictures from two original pieces that I wanted to have combined: a pierced blade from one tomahawk and the bowl from another.

I was very happy that Todd took my order. Before he started we fixed every detail: Shape, size, material and even patina. During the manufacturing process we frequently changed emails and he sent pictures. Several months later, I received an awesome Pipe tomahawk that was even better than expected. It has an incredible patina; I love every forging mark on the blade and every bump on the stem.

I will definitively make another custom order when I have decided what kind of weapon I would like to have next.

Maik L, Germany

Original Brass Pipe Head with Handle Original Brass Pipe Head with Commissioned Handle


  • Original 1780s brass head plowed up in a field in Pennsylvania
  • Handle made to fit original head; made of hickory, hand drilled
  • Hand poured pointed pewter band on the bottom side of the head
  • Hand poured pewter mouthpiece conforming to the same design as the top band
  • Both bands have matching engraving around their borders
  • Aged handle to replicate an original handle and match the age of the head
SOLD


Half Moon Spike Tomahawk Half Moon Spike Tomahawk

  • Hand forged head with an oval eye that has a single molding line outlining both the front and back
  • The blade on the spike ax measures 7 1/4" x 1 5/8"; overall length of the head is 8 1/4"
  • The head is a replica of an original featured in BATTLE WEAPONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by George C. Neumann
  • This head's unique shape makes this an unusual battle weapon.
  • The head is fitted with a hand shaped naturally curved hickory handle.
  • The handle shows signs of normal wear with various cut marks, dings and a few file marks
  • Also on this sweeping handle is a small terminal knob that is drilled with a lanyard hole
  • The handle was shaped, including the knob in the style of an original Naval Boarding Ax.
  • The overall length of the handle is 22 3/8" which gives the axe a very light and perfect balance
  • Stamped with touchmark
$1750


Creek Inlaid Pipe Tomahawk Creek Inlaid Pipe Tomahawk (commissioned piece)

  • Hand forged head replicated from a Creek original located in a museum
  • The head has a straight sided bowl with a hand filed rope design bordering both ends (at the opening and back). The neck is stepped with a chevron where it meets the eye.
  • The eye of this tomahawk is round with a blade molding and a curved leading edge. The underside of the blade has two notches where the eye and blade adjoin.
  • The hickory handle has been hand shaped and drilled with three pierced pewter bands, meaning the wood pertrudes through the band like the original.
  • The pewter mouthpiece has four rectangular piercings that displays the handle wood through the pewter.
  • Th handle was stained a deep red simulating the finish of the original
  • The head has been aged and rubbed back emulating the patina of the original as well.
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD


File Branded Pipe Tomahawk File Branded Pipe Tomahawk (commissioned piece)

  • Hand forged head replicated from an original in the book, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Axes by Hartzler & Knowles
  • This is a typical English style head
  • This tomahawk has the traditional Engligh acorn style bowl with chevron molding
  • Hickory handle is hand drilled, shaped and file branded like the original
  • The pipe tomahawk is smokable
  • This tomahawk is aged with a lightly used patina like the original
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD


Banded Bowl Pipe Tomahawk Banded Bowl Pipe Tomahawk (commissioned piece)

  • Hand forged head replicated from an original in a museum
  • This tomahawk has a unique shaped bowl with a wide flat wedding band hand filed at its opening
  • Handle is made from figured ash collected from a down tree along the Scioto River near Columbus, OH
  • Handle is hand drilled, shaped by me with a traditional stain and finish
  • Per client's request, a feather drop was added consisting of several different totems including a brass trade kettle Cross, brass cone filled with red-dyed deer hair, black crow feather and a salt and pepper simulated bird of prey feather
  • This tomahawk is aged with a lightly used patina
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD


English Pipe Tomahawk with Antler Mouthpiece English Pipe Tomahawk with Antler Mouthpiece (commissioned piece)

  • This style tomahawk was carried by the Whites and Indians alike throughout the frontier
  • Hand forged head with a typical English style bowl with a chevron and blade molding
  • The handle was selected from a piece of curly maple and was hand drilled, shaped and lightly aged
  • A hand filed antler mouthpiece adorns the bottom of the handle held with three brass pins
  • The pipe tomahawk is drilled and smokable
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD


Silver Banded Pipe Tomahawk Silver Banded Pipe Tomahawk

  • Hand forged head replicated from an original in the book, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Axes by Hartzler & Knowles
  • The pipe head features a long candlestick styled bowl with a slight undersweep to the blade
  • Neck of the bowl features a stepped molding and ends with a round transition into the eye; blade has no molding like the original
  • Hickory handle is hand drilled and shaped and is 20 3/4" long
  • Handle also has a drop or lanyard knob that holds a warrior's drop
  • The drop consists of a simulated bird of prey feather, a hand rolled brass cone from a worn out kettle filled with 3 bands of silk ribbon (gold, light blue and red); drop also includes a brass cone filled with red-dyed deer hair, a small braided lock of hair possibly from a family member or favorite horse) and a sterling silver nose jewel or earring attached with white pound beads and three whitehearts
  • The tomahawk handle has been adorned with six sterling silver inletted bands that have been lapped and pinned; on the top of the handle is a sterling silver endcap that has a bone clean-out plug; on the opposite end is another endcap with a sterling tubed mouthpiece
  • The pipe tomahawk is drilled and smokable
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD


Bent Tip Spike Tomahawk

  • Hand forged spike head with thin tapering blade and spike; head is thin and lightweight and easy to swing
  • Handle is hand made from hickory and has a carved scalloped design similar to a few Eastern bows that I've seen
  • Handle has been lightly stained and has been aged to give it the look of an original
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Silver Inlaid Poll Ax (commissioned piece)

  • Hand forged head with a hand filed octagonal poll (solid)
  • Sweeping blade with double file molding; blade is hand inlaid with a sterling silver half moon on one side and a shield on the other; shield has been engraved with initials reequested by client
  • Handle is made from wide banded curly maple wood; the end of the handle has a poured pewter end cap in a traditional triangular design
  • Both the head and handle have been aged to resemble moderate to hard use
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Hoe Blade Spike Tomahawk

  • Hand forged head measuring 5" wide by 9" long replicated from an original
  • The head has been pierced with a round eye and a sweeping hook as the spike; the flat wide blade is similar in shape to an 18th century hoe
  • The handle is hand made from figurd ash and is 19" long
  • Handle has a natural curved belly that ends with a sprial shaped knob
  • Tomahawk is very light weight with great balance
  • Handle has been lightly stained and has been aged to give it the look of an original
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Silver and Brass Banded Pipe Tomahawk

  • Hand forged head with bell shaped bowl
  • Blade has a sweeping top and under-belly with double blade molding behind the eye
  • The pipe bowl has a stepped throat
  • Hand drilled and shaped handle of hickory wood with a length of 17.75"
  • Adorning the handle is a poured, pierced pewter band at the underneath side of the head and another at the mouthpiece
  • Direclty adjacent to the poured pewter are two brass bands
  • Finishing out the handle are two hand hammered sterling silver bands with engraved molding; silver bands have been wrapped over themselves and held to the handle with a silver pin
  • Handle has been stained and aged to resemble decades of use
  • Tomahawk is drilled and smokable
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Original Trade Indian Halberd Replica (commissioned piece)

  • Hand forged head with a large crescent blade and thin downward tapered spike
  • Top spear point has a medial ridge and is bent towards the blade to replicate the original
  • Holding the head to the handle is a long thin nail-like spike which is driven into the 10.5" handle
  • The top of the handle is supported by a 1/8" think iron band held by a hand hammered rivet
  • Hickory handle has been stained very dark to match the original
  • The halberd was replicated from an original from the Guthman Collection pictured in the book Battle Weapons of the American Revolution
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Spiral Painted Pipe Tomahawk (commissioned piece)

  • Hand forged head that was copied from an original pictured in Peterson's tomahawk book
  • Originally, this head was a pipe tomahawk head and the blade was cut down to a spike
  • The ash handle was replicated from an original in the book, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Axes by Hartzler & Knowles
  • In the book's description of this handle, it stated that the alternating spirals were painted red and green
  • In painting this handle, I used original colonial colors of alternating red, green and black
  • Finishing the end of the handle is a hand poured pewter sprial chevron mouth piece
  • The paint on the handle has been aged and rubbed off to resemble wear
  • This pipe tomahawk is hand drilled and smokable
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Wire Wrapped Halberd

  • Hand forged head with a flared blade and a tapered spike
  • Head also has a faceted spear point with a terminal ball; top spike screws into mid-section
  • Finishing out the head is a tapered cone that holds the handle; handle is fixed to this cone by an iron rivet
  • Directly below the transition of where the handle meets the head is an iron reinforcing band also riveted to the handle
  • Ash handle transitions from a round to octagonal shape
  • Finishing the end of the handle is a copper wire wrapped hand hold. Below the wire wrap is another iron reinforcing band also held to the handle with a rivet
  • Handle is finished off with a square tapered ground spike
  • This piece is heavily aged and replicates a late 17th early 18th century battle halberd possibly converted to a tomahawk by a Native
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Narrow Blade Spike Tomahawk With Tin Plate Wrap

  • Hand forged head with a very narrow blade and long spike
  • Head copied from an original
  • Switch like handle handmade of osage in an octagonal shape with two wedding bands
  • On the center of the handle is a hand formed wrap made from a piece of tin plate commonly used to make lanterns and various buckets and pans of the period. This metal work could have been done by a tinker and was used as a reinforcement or even a repair band for the handle. This band also takes on the octagonal shape of the handle. At the top and bottom of the band are punched circles for decoration
  • This tomahawk is very light and well balanced; stained very dark showing many dings, scratches and nicks from hard use
  • This wood was collected from an old uprooted osage orange tree in the Clearcreek Valley near the confluence of the Hocking River in Fairfield County, Ohio (close to where Lord Dunmore marched his troops to sign a treaty with the Shawnee at Fort Charlotte)
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Fleur De Lis Pipe Tomahawk Fleur De Lis Pipe Tomahawk

An eighteenth century pipe ax:
  • Hand forged head made in the early French style commonly given to the Indians as gifts
  • The head has a hand filed octogon bowl with a series of wedding bands
  • Blade has a reverse chevron with blade molding
  • Blade depitcs a decorative filing consistent with the original Fleur De Lis French pipe heads
  • Finishing the blade is a hand engraved border-line with a sun on one side and a half moon on the other. Additional hand engraving includes two fleur de lis as well as designs on the reverse chevrons. Engraving has been aged over like the originals and is not clear from the photos however is very distringuishable in person
  • Hand drilled and shaped ash handle (20" long including the mouth piece)
  • On the blade side of the handle is a relief carved fleur de lis representative of this style of French ax
  • Around the top of the axe where the handle meets the head are ten inlaid long silver triangles with decorative engraving attached to the handle with silver pins.
  • Finishing the handle at the bottom is an antler mouthpiece. It has been filed in a sprial design with a wedding band at the top and a "tooth groove" at the bottom.
  • Wall display made from a slab cut piece of weathered maple; two forged iron nails have been twisted and curled to hold the piece. At the base of the nails are two brass inlaid diamonds. The maple has been aged lightly, stained dark and rubbed back
  • Together, the display and tomahawk make a beautiful piece.
  • Aged to resemble a used original pipe tomahawk - as my clients have come to expect, my attention to detail, aging and patina reflect that of the originals and my pieces are often displayed along with them.
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Two Piece Halberd Battle Ax Two Piece Halberd Battle Axe

Halberds were early European pole arms commonly cut down and traded to the Indians. This halberd was modeled after an original halberd axe.

A 17th, early 18th century battle axe:

  • Hand forged head made in two pieces that unscrews like the original
  • Handle made from locust hardwood collected from a downed tree in Kentucky near the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers (a historic area where several early groups of Indians and pioneers canoed down the Kentucky River to the Canelands to hunt and trap
  • Finished off with an iron butt cone with a diamond shaped point that was used to anchor the pole arm into the ground when it was full-length. It was commonly used to resist horseback charges and advancements.
  • Aged extensively to replicate several centuries of hard use
  • Stain rubbed back to emulate wear patterns
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Silver Chevron Bowl Pipe Ax Silver Chevron Bowl Pipe Tomahawk

  • Hand forged head with straight sided bowl inlaid with silver sheet in a chevron pattern
  • Blade has a hand filed spur and a deep cut underbelly closely resembling a design taken from an original
  • Handle made from ash with a hand carved relieved spiral design with a bulbous mouthpiece also carved with a spiral design
  • Handle stained dark while spiral was left unstained
  • Both head and handle are aged extensively to resemble hard use
  • This tomahawk is drilled and smokable
  • Blade stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Crescent Shaped Spike Ax With Butte Cone Crescent Shaped Spike Tomahawk With Butte Cone

An eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head in early crescent shape with hand filed blade and spike molding
  • Hand made handle from hickory decorated with a burnt spiral design
  • Handle finished with a brass pole arm butte cone with scalloped edges held to the handle with brass pins
  • Ending the butte cone is an octagonally filed steel point
  • Wood was obtained from a downed tree located in Fairfield County Ohio near the confluence of the Hocking River and Clearcreek.
  • Extensively aged to resemble years of battle use
  • Dimensions of head: 10" x 3.5"
  • Handle length: 24"
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Leaf Blade Burnt Spiral Spike Axe Leaf Blade Burnt Spiral Spike Tomahawk

An eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head with leaf shaped spike with hand filed cross hatch design
  • Hand shaped handle is oval at the head and transitions to octagonal
  • The osage orange handle is finished off with a burnt spiral design
  • Handle is stained dark, lighly aged and rubbed back to resemble decades of use
  • This light spike tomahawk has perfect balance
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Original Tomahawk Restoration, Nez Perce Original Nineteenth Century Nez Perce Plains Pipe Tomahawk Restoration

Restoration needed: view tomahawk in its pre-restored condition - at time of this pic, head had already been re-patined):

  • Pipe head was separated from handle (pewter was melted out)
  • Head was also cleaned of it's original patina to a bright shine
  • Wood was missing from the top of handle that held the pipe head in place
  • Pewter mouthpiece was broke in half and pewter end cap was missing (melted away with a torch)
My restoration included:
  • Re-created original patina on pipe head
  • Replaced wood at the top of the handle to fit the head tightly to the handle
  • Repoured pewter end cap
  • Formed and poured pewter mouthpiece
  • Replaced all engraving on pewter mouthpiece
  • Added original looking patina to end cap and mouthpiece in the form of dings, file marks, scratches and wear marks

Presentation Halberd Axe Presentation Halberd

Presentation halberd handmade in the style similar to those seen in early paintings of famous Indian Chiefs
  • Hand forged head of two piece construction; top spike is pinned to the main eye
  • Head is adorned on both sides with a sterling silver fleur de lis
  • Handle handmade of tight banded curly maple decorated with two sterling sliver bands with stylized engraving
  • Two bone escutcheons engraved with the initials "AK" bordered on the top and bottom with inlaid silver wire in a scroll design
  • Finishing out the handle is a relief carved serpant holding an egg in its mouth; serpant has inlaid sterling silver eyes and relief carved brow
  • A truly unique piece
  • Blade stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Plains Indian Pierced Pipe Axe Plains Indian Pierced Pipe Tomahawk


A nineteenth century Western tomahawk made to replicate a Phase III Plains style original pipe ax:
  • Hand forged head with a heart shaped piercing and blade molding
  • Long thin bowl with three wedding bands and filed chevron bowl molding
  • Dimensions of head: 3 5/8" x 9 3/4"
  • Handle handmade from ash
  • Handle decorated with file branding and aged brass tacks set in a diagonal pattern
  • The handle is finished with a bone mouth piece
  • This wood was collected from a downed tree in the Clearcreek Valley in Fairfield County, Ohio
  • Handle hand drilled and tomahawk is smokable
  • Aged appropriately to replicate a well-used original
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Client Testimonial: It's accidentally that I found Todd Bitler's website. His realizations, displayed in his site gallery pleased me so much that I quickly contacted him for the manufacturing of a Pipe Axe of the Indian Wars period.

We exchanged several mails to define the project well, according to my budget. Throughout the process, Todd announced me the headway of his work and sent pics. His hints in the choise of wood, decoration and dimensions were really valuable. Finally, 3 month later I received at home, in France, a fabulous pipe axe, which could be displayed in a collection of original ones. The look is superb and the price ...moderate! The idea of having another one made is haunting me!

Gérard G., France

Brass Bowled Pipe Ax Brass Bowled Pipe Axe

An eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head with a brass overlaid bowl filed in a spiral design with double circular molding
  • Blade has a hand filed double molding with a spur on the belly
  • Dimensions of head: 7.5" x 2"
  • Handle is hand-fashioned from curly maple and is adorned with three aged sterling silver bands
  • This wood was collected from a downed tree in McArthur, Ohio
  • Aged to reflect many years of hard use
  • Handle length: 19"
  • Handle is drilled; tomahawk is smokable
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Spatulate Blade Spike Ax Spatulate Blade Spike Ax

A mid eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head; Spatulate blade with a hand filed spear pointed spike
  • Handle carved of ash starting as oval and transitioning to octagon at the wedding band finished off with a round knob
  • This wood was collected from a downed tree in the Clearcreek Valley near the confluence of the Hocking River in Fairfield County, Ohio (close to where Lord Dunmore marched his troops to sign a treaty with the Shawnee at Fort Charlotte)
  • Aged to reflect many years of use
  • Dimensions of head: 2.5" x 9.25"
  • Handle length: 19.75"
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Knife Bladed Spontoon Pipe Axe Knife Bladed Spontoon Pipe Tomahawk

An eighteenth century pipe tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head in the style of a knife bladed spontoon; Modeled from an original in the book, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Axes by Hartzler & Knowles
  • Bowl is hand filed in a multi-faceted shape (14 sides to be exact - not detectable from photos)
  • Blade contains basal processes that point towards the tip
  • Handle carved of elm with relived barber pole design ending in single banded lobed mouthpiece
  • Handle has an old Indian brass repair band salvaged from a worn-out kettle attached with brass pins; repair band carved with Indian hieroglyphs and aged extensively
  • This wood was collected from a downed tree in Kentucky near the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers
  • Extensively aged to emulate a 250 year old original axe
  • Handle length: 22"
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Long Pointed Spike Ax Long Pointed Spike Ax

An eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel
  • Hand shaped handle of osage orange; an octagonal faceted handle transitioning to oval with a copper wire wrap in the mid-section that emulates a repair
  • Wood was obtained from a downed tree in the Clearcreek Valley just miles from Circleville where Cornstock had a village on the Scioto River
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Lightly aged
  • Dimensions of head: 1.75" x 10.5"
  • Handle length: 18.5"
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Hickory and Pewter Handled Pipe Ax Hickory and Pewter Handled Pipe Axe
(Commissioned Piece)


A mid-eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • This piece was custom made to a client's specifications
  • Hand forged head with a tulip bowl and blade molding
  • Completing this axe is a hickory handle with scalloped poured pewter bands and mouthpiece
  • The pewter bands and mouthpiece are engraved with a scalloped desgn and punched dots
  • This piece of hickory was acquired from a downed tree while hiking a Northern region of Kentucky near the historic Kentucky River
  • Head and handle appropriately aged to resemble decades of use; dark stain rubbed back to indicate wear
SOLD

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Client Testimonial: In my opinion, nothing could symbolise the weaponry from the American colonial frontier more than the tomahawk. These fascinating weapons have captivated me for many years. When looking for a museum quality re-creation, two things were important to me:
  1. it would have to be made by an American craftsman; and
  2. for a woodland example made somewhere on the eastern side of the country.
After some degree of investigation I found Todd Bitler. His work looked very good and I decided to commission a piece from him. We, via the email, came up with a great design. I took his advice on many things and he kept me informed of its progress along the way.

When the completed tomahawk arrived I can honestly say it defied belief and it looked as if it came from the 18th century. I cannot commend his skill highly enough.

Mike G., United Kingdom

Flared and Tapered Spike Axe Flared and Tapered Spike Tomahawk
(Commissioned Piece)


An early to mid eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head with a wide flared blade and straight tapered spike with a hand filed medial ridge
  • Completing the spike ax is a long slender, 24" handle made of curly maple with a hand carved barber pole spiral; made to client's specifications
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Head and handle appropriately aged to resemble 250 years of patina; dark stain rubbed back to assimilate wear
  • This piece of curly maple wood was from a downed tree found while hiking an old Shawnee Indian trail in Southern Ohio
SOLD

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Client Testimonial: I came across Todd's website and really liked his work. I had a difficult time choosing a certain hawk. I asked Todd if he could use a handle from one of his hawks, a blade from another, and a spike from yet another. In the end, we ended up coming up with a hawk that he completely customized to my specifications. Todd provided quick responses, drawings, and pictures throughout the process. The total cycle time from first inquiry through final product was very satisfactory for a custom piece. I am very pleased with the quality of this hawk. Todd's ability to create a realistic weapon has guaranteed a lifelong customer.

Brandon R., Texas

French Presentation Pipe Tomahawk French Presentation Pipe Tomahawk
(Commissioned Piece)


A mid eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel with a tulip bowl finished with two recessed bands; relief hand filed blade chevron with stylized border
  • Each side of the blade is engraved with fleur de lis with one side displaying a half moon and stars while the other side displays a full sun and artist's touchmark
  • Hand carved 20.5" curly maple handle with a fleur de lis design extending downward from the blade. Handle also features a decorative brass band.
  • The piece is modeled after an original pipe tomahawk that appears in the book, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Axes by Hartzler & Knowles; several elements of the piece were revised based upon client's specifications
  • Handle is drilled; hawk is smokable
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Lightly aged
SOLD

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Spiral Hafted Pipe Tomahawk Spiral Hafted Pipe Tomahawk

A mid to late-eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel with an octagonal faceted bowl finished with two wedding bands; relief hand filed chevron and fluted molding with side ridges on the blade
  • Hand poured chevron band
  • Hand shaped handle of curly maple with a relief-carved spiral that runs from the head to the mouth piece
  • The handle is a replica of a hawk pictured in BATTLE WEAPONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by George C. Neumann
  • Handle is drilled; hawk is smokable
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Dimensions of head: 2.5" x 6.5"
  • Handle length: 20.5"
SOLD

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Original Pipe Tomahawk Head with Reproduction Handle Custom Made Handle for Client's Pipe Head

  • A commissioned handle made from ash
  • Handle is hand-drilled and shaped to fit original 1750s pipe head
  • Handle aged and stained dark to client's specifications that assimilates original patina
  • Stress cracks, nicks and cut marks are part of the extensive aging process
Please contact me to make a commissioned handle to complete your original tomahawk head.


Client Testimonial: Many months before I bought my original tomahawk head, I surfed the net looking for someone to produce a tomahawk handle that doesn’t look new. Finally, I made the decision to go with Mr. Todd Bitler because his prior work impressed me a lot and was exactly what I was looking for.

Mr. Bitler explained every step to me and sent me pictures of the handle as the work progressed. After the handle was finished and I saw the picture, I was surprised. One week later when I got my piece back it was amazing because my tomahawk looked much better than even in the picture. Every time again, I will send Mr. Bitler a tomahawk axe to build a new handle.

Ivan R., Switzerland

Double Molded Pipe Tomahawk Double Molded Pipe Tomahawk

An eighteenth century pipe tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel
  • Hand filed molding at the front and rear of the eye
  • Hand carved bone clean-out plug
  • Hand shaped handle of hickory
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Lightly aged
  • Custom built piece made to client's specifications
  • Lightweight and balanced
  • Stamped with touchmark

SOLD

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Flared Spike Tomahawk Flared Spike Tomahawk

A late seventeenth to eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel
  • Hand shaped handle of hickory with two copper repair bands
  • The handle is made in the style of an original hawk featured in the "Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Axes" by Hartzler & Knowles. The original was made from a poll arm which still retained its butt cone as this one does as well.
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Lightly aged
  • Dimensions of head: 3" x 8.75"
  • Handle length: 21"
  • Stamped with touchmark

SOLD

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Client Testimonial: I’ve owned several pieces of Todd Bitler’s work over the last three years; three spike tomahawks, a hammer poll ax and a powder horn. Each one is a unique work of art and much more. The tomahawks beckon to be picked up and examined. They feel like a natural extension of your arm. Beautiful and deadly. The heirloom quality powder horn, with its aged patina and primitive engraving, warrants closer study. Seven animal totems have been carefully engraved on the horn in a similar fashion to the original horns found in Jim Dresslar’s book.
Todd’s workmanship and attention to detail are evident in each reproduction he creates. Each piece is finely handcrafted with a studied eye that understands how a contemporary piece should follow the pattern of an original artifact. Look at Todd’s work and you might think that you’re looking at an original 18th Century item. It’s that good.

Now, pick the piece up in your hand. Heft it; feel the balance; the weight; admire the fit and form. The striking thing that you notice about Todd’s work is the natural grace and functionality each piece exhibits, just like the originals. Nothing’s wasted. Nothing’s added. The original and pure 18th century intent of the weapon or equipment is conveyed in a clean functional interpretation by this Artist.

In my opinion, these are only a few reasons why Todd’s work is a cut above most of the contemporary 18th Century reproductions available on today’s market. It’s also the reason why I will continue to collect Todd’s work in the future.

Bill F., MA

Early English Pipe Tomahawk

A mid-eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel
  • Tear dropped tapered curly maple handle
  • Multi-pointed hand poured pewter band on underside of head
  • Handle is drilled; hawk is smokeable
  • Faceted bone clean-out plug
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Dimensions of head: 2.25" x 8.5"
  • Handle length: 20"
  • Stamped with touchmark

SOLD

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Tulip Bowl Pipe Tomahawk

A mid-eighteenth century style tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel; tulip bowl with octagonal tapered neck and tear-drop shaped eye with blade molding
  • Finishing off the head is a hand-poured scalloped end cap with an antler clean-out plug
  • Hand filed tapered hickory handle ending with a deer hoof bone mouth-piece filed in a spiral design
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Lightly aged
  • Dimensions of head: 2.25" x 7.75"
  • Handle length: 20.25"
  • Lightweight and balanced
  • Stamped with touchmark
  • Custom built piece made to client's specifications
SOLD

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Burnt Spiral Spike Tomahawk

A large spike tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel with a faceted spike
  • Cigar shaped osage orange wood handle
  • Burnt barber pole spiral design
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Well balanced
  • Stamped with touchmark

SOLD

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Crescent Shaped Bent Spike Tomahawk

A late seventeenth to early eighteenth century style tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel; bent and faceted spike with rectangular eye
  • Hand filed octagonal osage orange handle
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Lightly aged
  • Dimensions of head: 3.5" x 8"
  • Handle length: 23"
  • Weight: 12 oz.; lightweight and balanced
  • Made for strength and speed
  • Stamped with touchmark
SOLD

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Barber Pole Bent Tapered Spike Tomahawk

An eighteenth century style tomahawk:
  • Hand forged head of high carbon steel with a bent tapered spike
  • Tapered curly maple handle
  • Barber pole spiral done in relief
  • Traditional stain and finish
SOLD

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Spear-Pointed Spike Tomahawk

  • Hand forged head high carbon steel spear pointed head
  • Cigar shaped hickory handle
  • Traditional stain and finish
SOLD

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Octagonal Headed Poll Ax

An eighteenth century poll ax:
  • Hand forged high carbon steel head with a hand filed octagonal poll
  • Straight tapered, incised carved curly maple handle
  • Copper wire wrapped grip
  • Four poured pewter bands; two solid and two triangular pointed
  • Traditional stain and finish
SOLD

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Hickory Handled Pipe Tomahawk

A mid to late eighteenth century tomahawk:
  • Hand forged high carbon steel head with a tulip-shaped bowl
  • Handle is drilled; hawk is smokable
  • Hand shaped handle of hickory with a horn mouth piece
  • Bone clean-out plug included (not shown in photos)
  • Traditional stain and finish
  • Dimensions of head: 2.25" x 8.25"
  • Handle length: 18"
SOLD

If you like this style, please contact me and I can custom make a similar piece for you.

If you're interested in something or have a custom request, please contact me at: toddbitler@yahoo.com
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