The tomahawk was a type of one-handed axe, which was most effective when wielded in close combat. It was commonly used by Native Americans, as well as European colonists. It is still in use today, primarily by special operations groups, or by any outdoorsman, as it is both a useful tool and weapon.
The Assassin Tomahawk was a uniquely designed weapon – with an axe-head closely resembling the Assassin insignia – that originally belonged to John de la Tour, the first Assassin to reside in the New World. Years later, during the American Revolutionary War, the Kanien'kehá:ka Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton, otherwise known as Connor, used various tomahawks in combat. He particularly favored the Assassin Tomahawk, which had been passed down through the generations, and would often dual-wield the weapon alongside his Hidden Blade.
- Ratonhnhaké:ton used a tomahawk to traverse a zipline during the infiltration of Fort Wolcott, in a similar manner to the Hookblade.
- The Assassin Tomahawk was originally supposed to have more special functions, as stated in a GameInformer interview.
- Other short weapons share the same combat animations as tomahawks.
- When neutralizing the Kanien'kehá:ka warriors during a memory, they could be seen using the same Assassin tomahawk as Ratonhnhaké:ton.