Camillus Sin | SHOT 2017

Camillus Sin

Camillus Sin

The Sin tomahawk from Camillus Cutlery Company is an affordable, effective utility tool that is lightweight and effective. It has a 4-inch blade of titanium bonded stainless steel hardened to hold a razor’s edge and an overall length of 15 inches. It has a sharpened-edge rear spike.

Like most tomahawks these days, the Sin is designed for work excavating, clearing brush and branches, breaching, and defense.

The Sin tomahawk has a glass-filled nylon handle that is wrapped tightly with 18.5 feet of 550 paracord for a sure grip and use in an emergency situation. It comes with a ballistic nylon sheath and a lifetime warranty.

The Camillus Sin tomahawk has a retail price of $57.99.

Camillus Sin tomahawk with sheath

Camillus Sin tomahawk with sheath

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Not bad, actually.

    But I gotta laugh at the “defense” bit.

    Ill be sure and keep this handy in case somebody tries to take me back to the reservation.

    And I like that it has rails.

    • codfilet

      Tomahawks were, and still are, a fearsome close-quarters weapon.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sure, if I’m terrorizing a bunch of teenagers at an abandoned summer camp.

        • codfilet

          especially then…..

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Maybe I’m lazy but I haven’t invested considerable funds in shooting irons to go back to the Stone Age. A thing like that isn’t even a weapon unless you are very desperate and unprepared.

          • Hanover Fist

            Firearms jam…ammo runs out.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            If you carried two more pounds of ammo instead of that thing then maybe you wouldnt run out.

          • Kirk Newsted

            Which is why I have multiple firearms and upwards of 40,000 rounds in the garage.

          • Suppressed

            You’re awesome man, truly an inspiration for all of us here. I’m gonna put your picture up in my locker.

          • iksnilol

            But what if you aren’t in the garage when you run out?

          • Suppressed

            I live on state borders so carrying a firearm isn’t always an option and often leaves me somewhat defenseless. So I keep a SOG tomahawk in my glovebox. And I’m on record for calling the non-emergency police number to report downed trees blocking travel, so these allow me to have a weapon that I can easily justify as a tool and not a weapon. Not to mention that in my state getting caught with a bowl and/or $5 worth of pot will forever surrender your right to armed self-defense anywhere outside of your home (minus open carry), so for some people I know who were unfortunate enough to become casualties in our war on drugs, they appreciate things like this that afford them some means of defense.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            OK, that sounds sensible.
            The drug laws in this country are ridiculous. Who knows, even I might smoke now and then if it were legal. But its not and im not going to risk having my right to CC yanked and then have to drive around with a damn axe.

          • Suppressed

            Smart move, definitely not worth it.

        • iksnilol

          I prefer a machete for that. Feels more traditional.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I feel like thats been done to death.
            I would prefer a weed wacker.

    • noob

      According to Doug Stanton’s 2010 book “Horse Soldiers” this whole camping hatchet thing seems to have come about thanks to a 5th Special Forces Group commander, Don Winslow who was a Captain at the time deployed to Mazar-I-Sharif in Afghanistan in 2001:

      “Winslow was hot for the fight. He had started carrying a camping hatchet on his pants as a sign of strength, explaining to [General Naji Mohammed] Mohaqeq’s violent, aggressive warriors that he had used it in battle to hack men to death. The Hazaras thought the American carried some serious mojo. Yet Winslow wasn’t going to the fort, either. He was stationed at the Turkish Schoolhouse as part of the defensive force protecting the headquaters.”

      So the black tomahawk is the cutlery equivalent of the tactical beard. And the original one was a humble camp axe tucked into a belt.

      Winslow would later fight at the Qala-i-Janghi Prisoner Uprising that claimed the life of CIA Officer Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann. Span was the man who interrogated American Taliban John Walker Lindh.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    $60 MSRP? I can get behind that! I was assuming it would come in closer to $150.

    • Kyle

      Right? I am down for that price.

    • Joseph Goins

      Better than $750 for the new Geissele knife. That thing is more expensive than a new Glock with replacement sights, a new trigger, and a few magazines.

  • Edeco

    That screwed-on plate is driving me nuts… that’s not serving a mechanical function is it? Still less silly than the usual scary plate-steel cutouts for $200+

    • Bill

      Potentially reinforcement for hammering with the cheek of the ‘hawk.

      • Edeco

        Ah ok. Never would have occurred to me, had a wood handle break due to glancing it so I have a phobia of hitting axes that way.

        • Bill

          My “good” axes often have those rubber bumper things on them that will allegedly protect them fro overstrikes. I’d prefer that this thing have a pry point instead of a spike.

  • mike

    Please can you include where items are made.
    I am not against imports. If I want silk ties I will look to China. A hand made suit I will look to England, High performance sports car Italian will do fine.

    • CA ST

      Porsches and Corvettes are far more reliable and arguably better.

      • oldman

        But they are not as good looking as the Italian cars.

      • iksnilol

        Eeeh… Porsches are a challemge to drive quickly with their rear bias. And Corvettes are just cheap. Not in regards to price, but regarding build quality. Real cheap plastic in them.

        • Hanover Fist

          You need to try the newer 911/991 models. My 2015 GT3 runs and drives like a dream…adding a Sharkwerk exhaust was the best thing I could’ve done.

          • iksnilol

            I’ll ask my brother next time he imports one.

          • nick

            Sleepers, yes! my “fun car” is a 1979 Volvo 240 , with a K block 289 ford small block and a T5 behind it.

            no outward evidence of the 245 hp…..:-)

          • iksnilol

            Is fun, but is also useful. I don’t like drawing attention to myself. An unassuming car is good for that.

            Those big luxury barges and murderwagons (sports cars) just draw soo many eyes on you.

        • Suppressed

          How were you able to sit down in a C7 all the way over there in Norway or wherever?

          They definitely aren’t on the same level of inferior quality as an Italian exotic, but something has to be compromised when you’re getting a car capable of destroying competitors costing 2-3x as much.

          I don’t like Camaros and Mustangs, I call them the trailer park Lambo/Ferrari, but aside from the fact that a tragically large amount of Corvettes are sold to men because they are coping with old age and/or some other issue(s) that are only exacerbated by opting for an automatic transmission, they’re a hell.of a car.

          • iksnilol

            I think it was a C6 or C5 to be honest. Not entirely new, but newish.

            My brother imports cars. So we had some fun in one. You have to be a special kind of stupid to buy one IMO. It was an used example yet it cost like 70 grand or something.

          • Suppressed

            You’re thinking Euro market, that’s the ballpark price on a new one here in the states, where you have to be a special kind of stupid to not at least strongly consider one if you’re in the market for a rwd sports car. Plus the interiors get considerably better with each gen as it has been a valid complain with previous ones.

            I can see ruling them out on price alone if located in places like your country where they have to be imported at a premium, but here in the states they’re a force to be reckoned with, and many consider them to be the king.

            You also need to consider that the one you and your brother drive maybe have just been a regular Corvette, and for anyone looking for anything besides a mid-life crisis mobile, the N/A Z06 and F/I ZR1 are where it’s at. It’s damn near impossible to best their performance without spending considerably much more.

            For the record, the only American car I’ve owned since I was 17 years old was a SRT-4, so I’m far from a deluded fan of the American car.

          • iksnilol

            You probably know more than me about that. i don’t really know the differemces between Corvettes. I only know it was a convertible, newish and pretty fun but cheap on the inside.

            I’d rather go with a Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86.

            But sports/luxury cars aren’t really my forte. They draw too much attention.

          • Suppressed

            The Subaru/Scion is a good-looking car that handles very well. I seriously considered one for myself but ruled it out because they’re just way too underpowered for me in comparison with the other cars on the road. (Realistically though, even though they are relatively underpowered, myself and 99.5% of other drivers can’t even drive stock ones to their full potential on a road course.)

            For the record, the only reason I’m going off-topic to talk about the corvette with you is because I’ve seen other car-related posts of yours and feel you are knowledgeable and realistic on the subject to the point where I respect your opinions.

          • iksnilol

            Thank you for the respect.

            I just don’t feel power is that important. I got several reasons for it, actually a list:

            1: not a racer (occasional hooning, but that’s it). So while a Lan Evo or Subaru Imp would be nice… it isn’t really needed for me. Heck, I even like FWD (just gotta adapt, the whiners who say “wrong wheel drive” just don’t know how to drive).

            2: people can’t drive for s### (A Lotus Elise couldn’t outrun my 1.4 l N/A Skoda Octavia despite my car being cheaper than one of the rims on the Lotus).

            3: I like being able to drive a lot vs fast. A small engine (especially when turbocharged, like the new Skoda 3 cylinders and some Fords I think) hardly use gas while still providing enough power (115 hp is enough in a car that weighs 1200 kg). My car uses like 5-6 liters per 100 km compared to the 15-25 liters a V8 or something would use. Even better, the new model of my car weighs the same but uses 4-5 liters per 100 km (and has 115 hp versus the 75 hp I currently have).

            So I’m pretty sure that with a BRZ/86 I could realistically smoke anybody stupid enough to go against me. Then again, that’s a car that’s built for handling more than brutal speed and that suits me since I live in a country that’s basically only turns and hills). Maybe add a supercharger or something if you desperately need more power. But I don’t really find it necessary. 200 hp and lightweight, agile car is a brutal combo in the right hands. Though I do wonder what a 86 could do with an LS1. Wouldn’t be quite my taste (I prefer sleepers) but could be good if the balance wasn’t too compromised.

          • Suppressed

            Makes sense to me. I’m with you on the sleepers and have also had some fun FWD cars. I had north of $10K in performance mods on my SRT-4 back in 2005, and even though some people knew what it was, there never seemed to be a shortage of people getting their lunch eaten by a car they thought was just a riced-out neon (body kit and tall spoiler came stock). But the best sleeper I had was my manual-trans Maxima with full bolt-ons and NX wet kit with remote bottle-opener and heater running a 125-shot.

            I’m a reformed motocross racer though so it’s hard for me to drive fast cars in a responsible manner. So I have instilled more acceptable driving behavior by building VIP/Bippu-style derived Lexus cars (GS430 & LS430 respectively) for 2 of my last 3 vehicles. Maybe when I turn 40 in 2 years I will have matured enough to have something more performance-oriented, but I doubt it.

          • iksnilol

            Meh, I don’t intend on dying in car wreck. my area is notorious for those. + I am a college student working. So I try to make tires last and use little gasoline.

            I did learn to drift this winter, due to crappy tires throwing my car into a ditch. Though I’ll argue I learnt it outta necessity, ain’t always a ditch to catch you. Many times it is a mountain or cliff to flatten you.

            I doubt I’ll ever get anything performance oriented. I’ll probably just buy another 10-15 year old car that was maintained well if I ever need another car. As it is, I do like my Octy. It has subdued looks, doesn’t draw attention and I know how to drive the thing.

    • billyoblivion

      If I want silk ties I will look to England, Monterey Bay CA, and Italy.

      If I want cheap ass silk ties, then I will look to China.

      “When I want quality I look for the ‘HENCHO EN CHINA’ label” said no one, ever.

  • Don Ward

    This seems a bit more practical than some of the other hatchet/shovel/hammer/BBQ monstrosities that have been featured on TFB recently.

    Plus it has a more realistic price.

  • Sid Collins

    Good price. Needs a FDE or Coyote Brown carrier.

  • Shaun Connery Oliver II

    Is it made in the USA? I have seen some tomahawks cost hundreds if it was made here in this country. #CuriousMind

  • Klaus

    Knife Supply says it’s made in China. You can get it on Amozon or E-bay for under $40. That alone should tell you.

  • Bradley

    This is awesome so long as you never actually use it for its intended purpose. There are few stainless steels that would be even semi appropriate for a tool like this. The low end cutlery steels they use in these are most definitely not on the list. What’s absurd is a decent medium carbon steel would actually be cheaper, but they know most people won’t actually use it and would be more worried about rust. That and an air hardening steel is easier to heat treat in mass production. It baffles me that people who spend thousands of dollars on firearms talk about how stupid a $400 tomahawk is. They cost so much because they’re made of tool steels that will hold up to the abuse by small manufacturers serving a niche market of people whose lives may depend on the tool. If that isn’t the case, but you do want a toold that will hold up well, then the only option I know of under $100 is the estwing tomahawk.

  • Andrew

    Not really liking the half tang, camillus went cheap on the tang of the carnivore and that snaps off. Would prefer if they learned not to skimp on the metal.

  • Sam Damiano

    But I can’t change an AR barrel with it. 🙂
    I carry a hatchet in the Jeep already.

  • nick

    my tastes are to the more traditional, such as Ft Carson type heads with wooden handles. ( comes from having a wife of Iroquois heritage, who likes her cutlery !)

  • Lyman Hall

    Axes, hatchets, tomahawks are not “sheathed.: They are frogged. They go in a frog, not a sheath.

  • mikee

    Get a good Kukri! Best all purpose combat and utility knife ever made bar none.

  • mazkact

    Full tang designs are IMHO best. I really like my Eastwing except for the tiny head. Guess I’ll have to make my own.