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What's the difference between a tactical axe and a non-tactical axe?
Weight, in tomahawk world, particularly of the head.
Everyone could have their own definition of "tactical", but I would say in this case, it's about multi-purpose, including especially the possible weapon application. In that case, the speed/power tradeoff advantages the lighter tomahawk.
Any sort of forestry axe, even a small one such as the Estwing #1, would make a poorer weapon than a tomahawk of similar size. Sure, if you swing and connect, it's probably all over, but if you miss, you'll spend a great deal more time and energy getting your axe back into the action.
This is speaking very generally. I haven't looked at the weight of the Mantis.
So "tactical" on MD usually means "having a weapon application?" I notice it being used for a lot of different things. Tactical whistle, tactical pen, tactical flashlight...
The way it's been thrown around it could mean anything nowadays, but in a situation where the term 'tactical' is somewhat more material than just an overused marketing term, I interpret it to mean that self-defense was consciously incorporated into the design.
So I can defend myself from an attacker with any pen (with wildly varying degrees of success), but if I defend myself with a tactical pen, it was purpose-built to fill that terribly unlucky role.
That's just my observation. The other version of tactical seems to mean it's got a billion superfluous, barely or rarely functional design elements and is cerakoted. "This tactical spoon has a compass, a magnet, and a can opener in the spoon bowl!"
Agreed. Don't forget the bottle opener.
As soon as something is finished in such a way as to have non-reflective surfaces, it begins to be tactical. For your ninja stealth.
I think you said that.