"A cutting-tool somewhat like an ax, but having the blade placed at right angles to the handle and formed to a curve nearly corresponding to its sweep through the air when in use."-Whitney, 1902

Adz

"A cutting-tool somewhat like an ax, but having the blade placed at right angles to the handle and formed…

"A cutting-tool somewhat like an ax, but having the blade placed at right angles to the handle and formed to a curve nearly corresponding to its sweep through the air when in use."-Whitney, 1902

Adz

"A cutting-tool somewhat like an ax, but having the blade placed at right angles to the handle and formed…

Before the days of sawmills, the posts and beams of a house were manually cut out of logs. In building a frame house the old builders had a tool resembling an ax and called an adz. This is a wood-cutting tool with a curved blade and a straight cutting edge, with a bezel like a chisel.

Adz

Before the days of sawmills, the posts and beams of a house were manually cut out of logs. In building…

"A tool adapted for molding and rabbeting, used in panel-work by coach- and pattern-makers."-Whitney, 1902

Adz-plane

"A tool adapted for molding and rabbeting, used in panel-work by coach- and pattern-makers."-Whitney,…

An ax, from Prehistoric man.

Ax

An ax, from Prehistoric man.

An iron tool with a steel edge, for hewing and chopping.

Ax

An iron tool with a steel edge, for hewing and chopping.

An axe, or ax, is an implement that is used to shape, split and cut wood, harvest timber, as a weapon and a ceremonial or heraldic symbol.

Ax

An axe, or ax, is an implement that is used to shape, split and cut wood, harvest timber, as a weapon…

An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also used as a weapon of offense.

Axe

An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also used as a weapon of offense.

An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also used as a weapon of offense.

Axe

An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also used as a weapon of offense.

An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also used as a weapon of offense.

Jadeite Axe

An instrument used for hewing timber and chopping wood, and also used as a weapon of offense.

Axe-hammers of polished stone. A Neolithic age implement. Not drawn to scale.

Neolithic Implements Axe-hammers

Axe-hammers of polished stone. A Neolithic age implement. Not drawn to scale.

An illustration of four various axes: "1, Horseman's hammer of about the time of Edward IV; 2, Martel-de-fer, time of Henry VIII; 3, Martel-de-fer, time of Edward VI; 4, Martel-de-fer with hand-gun, time of Queen Elizabeth." -Century, 1889

Four Axes

An illustration of four various axes: "1, Horseman's hammer of about the time of Edward IV; 2, Martel-de-fer,…

This banner contains an image of archery arrows, floral arrangements and a symbol in the middle.

Banner

This banner contains an image of archery arrows, floral arrangements and a symbol in the middle.

(672-754) Saint Boniface was the Apostle of the Germans, born Winfrid or Wynfrith, was a missionary who propogated Christianity in the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He was murdered in Frisia.

Saint Boniface

(672-754) Saint Boniface was the Apostle of the Germans, born Winfrid or Wynfrith, was a missionary…

Three bronze celts (axes). Not drawn to scale.

Bronze Age Bronze Celts

Three bronze celts (axes). Not drawn to scale.

Copper axes from the Bronze age. Not drawn to scale.

Bronze Age Copper Axes

Copper axes from the Bronze age. Not drawn to scale.

"In Rom. antiq., bundles of rods, usually of birch, with an ax bound in with them, the blade projecting, borne by lictors before the superior Roman magistrates as a badge of their power over life and limb." -Whitney, 1911

Fasces of a Roman Magistrate

"In Rom. antiq., bundles of rods, usually of birch, with an ax bound in with them, the blade projecting,…

A small, short-handled ax for use in one hand.

Adz Hatchet

A small, short-handled ax for use in one hand.

It has a large flat blade with a straight edge. At the back is a peen or hammer head, and in the middle is a socket for the handle or helve, the blade and helve being in one line.

Lather's Hatchet

It has a large flat blade with a straight edge. At the back is a peen or hammer head, and in the middle…

"The oak that lifts its stately head on high, / The tempest blast, and whirlwind will defy; / But a small ax, within the woodman's hand, / More powerful proves - its force it cannot stand; / By little strokes, quickly, and often made, / The giant monarch oak is lowly laid: / By feeble means, great wonders meet our eyes, / The forest falls, and splendid cities rise."—Barber, 1857

Little Strokes Fell Great Oaks

"The oak that lifts its stately head on high, / The tempest blast, and whirlwind will defy; / But a…

Lumberjacks cutting down trees.

Lumberjacks

Lumberjacks cutting down trees.

Lumberjacks hauling logs.

Lumberjacks

Lumberjacks hauling logs.

"Who brandishing aloft the ax of doom, That just has laid one victim at her feet, Looks round her for that other, without whom, The banquet of revenge were incomplete." — The Delphian Society, 1913

Man with ax

"Who brandishing aloft the ax of doom, That just has laid one victim at her feet, Looks round her for…

A sharp pointed weapon consisting of a long shaft or handle with an iron head.

Pike

A sharp pointed weapon consisting of a long shaft or handle with an iron head.

A sharp pointed weapon consisting of a long shaft or handle with an iron head.

Pike

A sharp pointed weapon consisting of a long shaft or handle with an iron head.

"In the eleventh century, the Anglo-Saxons, originally the fiercest nation of the North of Europe, had become changed into a submissive and unwarlike people by the combine influences of luxury, a great landed aristocracy, and a richly endowed hierarchy." — Goodrich, 1844

Saxons

"In the eleventh century, the Anglo-Saxons, originally the fiercest nation of the North of Europe, had…

A shield and assortment of Native American weapons.

Shield and Weapons

A shield and assortment of Native American weapons.

Stone and horn ax and hammer. A Neolithic age implement. Not drawn to scale.

Neolithic Implements Stone and Horn Ax and Hammer

Stone and horn ax and hammer. A Neolithic age implement. Not drawn to scale.

A man and his son hunting in the mountains of Virginia.

Virginia Mountaineers in Colonial Times

A man and his son hunting in the mountains of Virginia.

A cartoon of a woman tending to a baby carriage, with a statue of a Native American holding an ax behind her.

Woman Tending to Baby Carriage

A cartoon of a woman tending to a baby carriage, with a statue of a Native American holding an ax behind…