Historically used as a general purpose tool, for throwing at people and the occasional hand-to-hand melee. A weapon with which almost any crook can attain some degree of proficiency. Only through proper heisting can one begin to realize the full potential of the tomahawk as both a tool and a weapon. But mostly a weapon.
The Survival Tomahawk is a melee weapon available in PAYDAY 2. It is available to all players at reputation 42 who have the Gage Shotgun Pack DLC.