Hawkins hosts Knife & Tomahawk Event

By Bob Hallmark - bio - email

Posted By Molly Reuter - bio - email

HAWKINS, TX (KLTV) - The pioneer spirit was kept alive Saturday in a unique event that recreates the skills of the frontiersmen in the 3rd Annual Hawkins Winter Knife and Tomahawk Throw.  It's a competition that brings contestants young and old from all over the country, to test their frontier skills.

"We are trying to preserve a lost art from our ancestors history of knife and tomahawk throwing," said event organizer Vicki Prestridge.  Everything has to be accurate.  From the bone and wood handles knives, to the authentic 1830's period clothing.  No sowing, even the buttons have to be bone, or wood.

"I just fell in love with it, fell in love with the people, fell in love with the costumes," said Athens competitor Chuck Weems.  It takes a skilled motion to hit the two foot by two foot target with a knife, or tomahawk, and some are deadly accurate.  Levi Hammonds, 8 is already a champion in knife and tomahawk.

"I've won trophy's, I've won knives, it;s just like playing baseball mostly," said Levi.  The frontiersmen survived by being proficient with the knife and tomahawk, and it's that skill that's being kept alive with this competition.

"They had a knife, they had a tomahawk, they had a gun, and that was their survival right there, that was their survival tools," said Weems.  The competition continues sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hawkins City Park.  It's free to the public.