The metal war axe was a very useful and effective weapon. The metal for these axes was taken from pioneers or was traded for. Made from the wheel rim of wagons or barrel rings. Only the most skilled warriors would have such a weapon. The case measures 30 inches long, 16 3/8 inches wide and 2 3/4 inches thick.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous symbol associated with Native Americans is the tomahawk. However, few people are aware of the multiformity of its history as well as its physical characteristics.
The term "tomahawk" is a derivation of the Algonquian words "tamahak" or "tamahakan". The earliest definitions of these words (early 1600's) applied to stone-headed implements used as tools and weapons. Subsequent references involved all manner of striking weapons; wood clubs, stone-headed axes, metal trade hatchets, etc. As the years passed a tomahawk was thought of as any Indian-owned hatchet-type instrument. That association changed somewhat as white frontiersmen (traders, trappers, explorers) came to rely on the tomahawk as standard equipment.