Summary: this is a Mad Dog Patriot Hawk in unused condition. These were made in limited quantities, many have been used. Made from 1085 high carbon tool steel, the head is engraved by Mad Dog and fitted with a hickory handle. "Hard to find" is an understatement, the others I've had sold relatively quickly. Snap it up if you don't have an MD Hawk in your collection, they're very rare and will last a lifetime. Thanks and good luck.
The Patriot Hawk Project
In David Grant's book, "Tomahawks, Traditional to Tactical", Kevin McClung is listed as one of the Modern Masters in the area of Tomahawks.
A few people have asked me about some of my earliest 'hawks, and this missive concerns the "Patriot Hawk" that I designed for our War Fighters right after 9/11. They are not a full custom Mad Dog Tomahawk, they are a semi-custom Mad Dog Hawk.
The head is a pretty classic hammer polled 'hawk design, good for utility and fighting both. They are fairly light, but still make great chopping and cutting tools. The bearded bit is great for trapping and hooking maneuvers.
The idea with the Patriot was to provide the War Fighters with a very high quality but relatively affordable 'hawk that they could take into harm's way with confidence, useful as both tool and weapon.
The handles were made of seasoned hickory that we sanded and stained. They were double wedged using a hardwood wedge and then cross wedging with a steel wedge. Not as pretty as my usual 'hawks and axes, but far more cost effective and field replaceable.
The heads were cut from annealed forgings of 1085 high carbon steel, then ground, hardened and tempered. The color of the heads is generally a matte dark blue/black from the tempering process, although a couple were made a little showier with bright heads. They are easy to sharpen and hold an edge very well. I demonstrated this by cutting up a steel 55 gallon drum with one of them early on.
The handle is easily replaceable if broken by obtaining a long hammer handle from a hardware store, or making one of your own.
I never made any sheaths for them, as it seemed that everyone had something different in mind as to how to carry them.
The downside on the project was that the Patriot proved too expensive to produce in quantities that the stingy old Uncle Sugar would afford. So, some Patriots were sent out to War Fighters that wanted them and paid out of pocket for them, and the rest sold to others who appreciate an excellent Hawk by Mad Dog. Total production was about 25 pieces or so."