Handle Material: Tomahawks come with one of three handle styles: wood, integral, or hybrid. Wood-handled 'hawks are traditional and inexpensive, and they concentrate more of the weight of the tomahawk in the head. Wood handles are also easy to replace should you manage to break one. Integral tomahawks, in which the handle and head are constructed from the same piece of metal, are more expensive. These are stronger and place less of the weight of the 'hawk in the head, which affects the tomahawk's balance and feel. The third style, which I call hybrid 'hawks, have a handle made of a material other than wood but still separate from the head. Non-wood handles, which are unaffected by temperature and humidity, are lightweight and easy to maintain, though sourcing a replacement handle can be difficult. In the case of both wood-handled and hybrid 'hawks, I suggest having a spare handle around in case the original breaks.