New West Knifeworks Hand Forged Tomahawk
A gap year is a great time to cultivate your quirkiness and develop a new skill. Sure, you could learn a foreign language, but that feels like school. Instead, hone your axe throwing skills. New West’s Hand Forged Throwing Tomahawk ($93 at New West Knifeworks), which functions as a working hatchet for camping and hunting, is made from 1095 carbon tool steel, refined through hand forging, which makes it tough and helps it stay sharp longer. The tung-oiled hickory handle is balanced and smooth in hand. Look at it as functional art.