Tomahawk SS Diamond 64" 45#@28"
Advertised as... " The carbon-core offers increased limb stability, strength, and speed. The Dymondwood/Phenolic riser adds bow stability, strength, and character. The "Diamond Series" medallion adds a touch of class to an already stunning bow. The "SS" is our top of the line bow offering a stunning combination of Tonkin Cane Bamboo for speed and a "Sweet Shooting" experience. The riser of Bacote with accent stripes adds richness and class".... Now I could have saved the writer of these prose some time, effort and ink, all they need to say is "quality". Quality materials, quality workmanship and the result is a bow which positively screams "Quality". First impressions are a reflex/deflex longbow with a very similar profile to the ACS but wider limbs and trapezoid in the manner of a Pronghorn.
The bow is designed by Dale Karch a fine archer and the owner of 3 rivers archery. It's length is 64" and it is marked as 45#@28" which I have put on the scales and it draws 43.6# at my draw which is a mite under the 28" at which this bow is measured.
At the heart of this bow is a carbon core, this is where the power begins, on top of that you have the Tonkin cane bamboo with Maple and Yew laminations all working together to achieve the smooth draw and rapid cast that this bow manages to achieve and puts this bow firmly in the top class.
Very smooth to draw with the weight coming smoothly and steadily out to almost 28" which is my draw, in fact the power continues to flow when the bow is drawn further, I had a friend draw it out to 31" which is his draw, upon loosing, the arrow travelled flat and at tremendous speed for over 60 yards.
The shelf is very narrow - surprisingly so, doubly surprising is that the seemingly small notch in the side of the bow is actually 1/16" from centre. I am very partial to bows cut close to centre as they allow for easy tuning and a greater range of spines to be shot, the shelf is radiused too offering the bow minimum contact with the arrow. I spent the afternoon getting it tuned and it doesn't seem to matter what angle the bow is held it shoots straight, a real advantage for the instinctive shooter
The phenolic tips allow the bow to be shot with fastflight or similar strings which are now the norm amongst high end bows ,the tips of the bow are very fine and certainly add to it's good looks. Once tuned one thing that struck me immediately was the low nocking point I was able to achieve, a low nocking point in my opinion is only a good thing as it allows for a flatter trajectory, the reason it became apparent is that I do like to shoot cock in at times or with a 4 fletch combo at 60/120 - either of these usually allows me to gain a small advantage of a lower nocking point, however with this bow I was getting virtually no kick off the shelf when shooting 3 feathers/cock out, possibly it's that tiny shelf and if that's the case then I take my hat off to the developer because it really works.
The grip is all longbow, however such is the ease with which this bow can be shot I think that even die hard recurve grip archers will be surprised how natural this style of grip feels on this bow. As with other top end bows this one has no hand shock or as near to none as it is possible to be.
Instinctive is my favoured style of shooting, I find that for it to be effective you need a fast bow which will allow a flat trajectory, it isn't all about speed though, the bow has to be stable and forgiving, I have to be sure that when I do the same thing each time the bow isn't looking to trip me up or be "highly strung" - this bow is an instinctive archers dream, fast enough to give you the edge but stable enough to make you look good even when you get a little sloppy.
The bow could be compared to several others with regard to an individual aspect of it's behaviour and what the folks at Tomahawk have managed to do is take the best from here and the best from there to develop a quite distinctive bow which is not only a joy to shoot but a delight to look at too.... real quality from the finish to the shooting experience.
Features & Design
Traditional Longbow styling with mildly deflexed, slightly trapped limbs and a slim shelf, a bow for the traditionalist.
This will be updated after a full chrono test, but for the present it feels fast and shoots pleasingly.
Value for Money
It is the top of the range in the Tomahawk line up and at $799.99 priced very competitively for what it is and offers Top 'o' the line quality for several hundred bucks less than many other highly rated bows , the T/D version is another $200 more... I would love to test drive that one !
A very nice Longbow, a joy to shoot and as fast as anything else you might care to mention ? There isn't much in it anyway and this bow has almost everything else beat when it comes to shootability.