Tomahawks are a type of one-handed axe, which were most effective when wielded in close combat. They were commonly used by Native Americans, as well as European colonists. They are still in use today, primarily by special operations groups, or by any outdoorsman, as they are useful tools as well as weapons.
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.
- Other short weapons share the same combat animations as tomahawks.
- Noah Watts mentioned he often asked Ubisoft if Connor could throw his tomahawk at enemies. In The Tyranny of King Washington: The Redemption, Kanen'tó:kon throws a tomahawk at a guard during a cutscene.