The Toki was a originally a tool used by Maori. The pounamu was painstakingly shaped into heavy and robust forms and could be either lashed to a handle or held in the hand. They were used for cutting down trees, carving out canoes/waka, or carving designs into meeting houses/marae.

A finer version with a more delicate Toki lashed to an elaborately carved handle were reserved for powerful cheifs/rangatira. These were used for ceremonial purposes, they are called ‘Toki Poutangata’.

The modern Hei Toki, often worn around the neck as a pendant, represents foremost strength, authority, and leadership. It is can also a symbol of power, courage, wisdom, determination, self-control, and focus.

Classic Toki

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Classic Toki Design Concept
Classic Toki

Traditional Toki

This design is based on a historical toki recovered from the Wairarapa.  It was made to be hand held when used. Click the picture to see more.

Tradional Toki Design Concept
Traditional Toki

Chisel Toki

This design is based on modern wood chisels made from steel. Click the picture to see more.

Chisel Toki
Chisel Toki

Recurved Toki

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Recurved Toki
Recurved Toki