"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…

"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,…

"The vertical or supporting beam of the A. is the shank, B; at the upper end of it is the ring, r; and just below the ring is a transverse piece called the stock, s s; the other extremity is the crown, c, from which branch out two arms or blades, g, in directions nearly at right angles to that of the stock; each arm spreads out into a broad palm or fluke, h, the sharp extremity of which is the peak or bill, k." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Anchor

"The vertical or supporting beam of the A. is the shank, B; at the upper end of it is the ring, r; and…

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,…

A resaw is a large band saw optimized for cutting timber along the grain to reduce larger sections into smaller sections or veneers. Resawing veneers requires a wide blade with a small kerf to minimize waste.

Band Resaw

A resaw is a large band saw optimized for cutting timber along the grain to reduce larger sections into…

"The bayonet is a cutting and thrusting weapon consisting of three principal parts, viz, the <em>blade</em>, <em>guard</em>, <em>grip</em>." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Bayonet

"The bayonet is a cutting and thrusting weapon consisting of three principal parts, viz, the blade,…

A fine topper device for hoeing crops, in particular beets, which has a bar mounted in such a way that it can be pivoted up and down about an axis extending transversely with respect to the direction of travel.

Beet Topper

A fine topper device for hoeing crops, in particular beets, which has a bar mounted in such a way that…

This seven blade chopping knife was intended for industry use, generally used for a variety of food preparation.

Seven Blade Chopping Knife

This seven blade chopping knife was intended for industry use, generally used for a variety of food…

A name given to a broadsword made to be used with one hand, and closely resembling the cuirassiers's broadsword of the seventeenth century in England.

Claymore

A name given to a broadsword made to be used with one hand, and closely resembling the cuirassiers's…

"The knife is a double-edged rectangular blade, about 12 inches by 5 inches, with a straight handle at one end, and a cross handle at the other in the plane of the blade." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Currying Knife

"The knife is a double-edged rectangular blade, about 12 inches by 5 inches, with a straight handle…

This machine features a paper roll holding spindle with a cutting attachment. A paper cutter is a tool often found in offices and classrooms, designed to cut a large set of paper at once with a perfectly straight line.

Paper Holder and Cutter

This machine features a paper roll holding spindle with a cutting attachment. A paper cutter is a tool…

This pitchfork design eases he effort one needs to apply to cut twine

Twine Cutter

This pitchfork design eases he effort one needs to apply to cut twine

An illustration of an Egyptian dagger with a bronze blade and an ivory handle.

Dagger

An illustration of an Egyptian dagger with a bronze blade and an ivory handle.

One very useful knife has a long blade with a cutting edge on one side, and a handle at each end, placed a a right angle with the blade. Such a two-handled knife is called a draw knife, because it is used with both hands and is pulled or drawn forward in making a cut with a blade.

Draw Knife (Colonial Tool)

One very useful knife has a long blade with a cutting edge on one side, and a handle at each end, placed…

"A cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to the length of the blade, used in splitting staves for casks and the like. It is driven by a mallet." -Whitney, 1911

Frow

"A cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to the length of the…

This is a combination tool featuring a glass cutter and knife. A glass cutter is a hand tool which aids in the cutting of flat or sheet glass.

Combined Knife and Scissors Glass Cutter

This is a combination tool featuring a glass cutter and knife. A glass cutter is a hand tool which aids…

The guillotine was a device used for carrying out executions by decapitation. It consists of a tall upright frame from which a blade is suspended. This blade is raised with a rope and then allowed to drop, severing the victim's head from his or her body.

Guillotine

The guillotine was a device used for carrying out executions by decapitation. It consists of a tall…

(1.) The guillotine is an instrument employed for the purpose of decapitation. It was officially introduced into France as the means of inflicting capital punishment in April, 1792. It was named after its reputed inventor, Dr. Joseph Ingace-Guillotin, who, contrary to popular belief, died a natural death, and not a victim of his own invention. The instrument consists of two upright posts held together at the top by a cross beam, the former being perpendicularly so grooved as to allow of the falling in a direct line a broad steel blade, whose edge is cut obliquely. The latter, sometimes weighted with lead, descends upon the neck of the criminal immediately after the cord which holds it up is released by the executioner.
(2.) A guillotine is a machine, similar in name and in general construction to the above, employed by bookbinders. It is used for cutting paper and trimming the edges of books after the sheets have been sewn together.

Guillotine

(1.) The guillotine is an instrument employed for the purpose of decapitation. It was officially introduced…

Halberd, from the time of Henry VIII.

Halberd (Time of Henry VIII)

Halberd, from the time of Henry VIII.

Halberd (Charles II)

Halberd, (Charles II)

Halberd (Charles II)

Double-axed Halberd (Charles I)

Halberd, Double-axed (Charles I)

Double-axed Halberd (Charles I)

Halberd, Do, with fleur-de-lis (Henry VII)

Halberd, fleur-de-lis

Halberd, Do, with fleur-de-lis (Henry VII)

Some knives have the handle placed at a right angle with the blade. The farmer in cutting hay from the haymow in his bard uses a large knife with such a right angle handle and calls it a hay-knife.

Hay Knife

Some knives have the handle placed at a right angle with the blade. The farmer in cutting hay from the…

A saw custom suited for cutting through ice. Ice saws may be used to open a hole in the ice covering a lake for those attempting to go 'ice fishing' in the winter.

Ice Saw

A saw custom suited for cutting through ice. Ice saws may be used to open a hole in the ice covering…

This knife features a unique knife guard which prevents the accidental sliding of the hand from the handle base onto the blade.

Knife Guard

This knife features a unique knife guard which prevents the accidental sliding of the hand from the…

This is a metallic bread knife.

Back View of a Kitchen Bread Knife

This is a metallic bread knife.

This dessert knife has a leaf scroll design on its blade and a simple leaf design on its handle.

Dessert Knife

This dessert knife has a leaf scroll design on its blade and a simple leaf design on its handle.

Bread knifes can be made out of several different materials, This knife is apparently made from metal alloys.

Front View of a Kitchen Bread Knife

Bread knifes can be made out of several different materials, This knife is apparently made from metal…

A knife with a blade that folds into the handle; suitable for carrying in the pocket

Pocket Knife

A knife with a blade that folds into the handle; suitable for carrying in the pocket

Tobacco knifes vary greatly from the tobacco leave gathering process, where larger type machetes are used in extraction and cultivation to tobacco cigar portioning which a sharp cutting edge is used to slice a cigar tip, or body.

Tobacco Cutting Knife

Tobacco knifes vary greatly from the tobacco leave gathering process, where larger type machetes are…

The anterior surface of the left scapula.

Left Scapula

The anterior surface of the left scapula.

The posterior surface or the left scapula.

Left Scapula

The posterior surface or the left scapula.

At first scissors seem to have been small, awkward things, with straight blades and handles. Now they are made in many different styles, shapes and sizes, and are adapted to a great variety or uses. Some have bent blades, others curved or bent handles, some are long, some very thick and short, some have rings for the fingers or thumb.

Manicure Scissors

At first scissors seem to have been small, awkward things, with straight blades and handles. Now they…

An oar is a tool used for water propulsion. Oars in general have one flat blade at one end. The user grabs the oar at the other end.

Water Propulsion Oar

An oar is a tool used for water propulsion. Oars in general have one flat blade at one end. The user…

In many cases, pickup trucks and tractors are outfitted with plows to fulfill this purpose. In areas that regularly receive large amounts of snow every year, and also in specific environments such as airfield, specifically snowplowing winter service vehicles are used. Some regions that do not frequently see snow may use graders and other equipment to fulfill this task, but graders are nonetheless the best equipment to remove compacted snow and ice off the streets. Snowplows can also be mounted on rail cars to clear railway tracks.

Snow Plow

In many cases, pickup trucks and tractors are outfitted with plows to fulfill this purpose. In areas…

Griffith's Propeller, a common form of screw-propeller.

Griffith's Propeller

Griffith's Propeller, a common form of screw-propeller.

Thornycroft's propeller, a common form of screw propeller.

Thornycroft's propeller

Thornycroft's propeller, a common form of screw propeller.

The florist and gardener use scissors with a curved blade for pruning, and a delicate pair for gathering flowers, and large shears, called pruning shears, for trimming hedge plants.

Pruning Shears

The florist and gardener use scissors with a curved blade for pruning, and a delicate pair for gathering…

The razor has a blade and is used for shaving.

Razor

The razor has a blade and is used for shaving.

The razor has a blade and is used for shaving.

Razor

The razor has a blade and is used for shaving.

This razor has a blade decorated with small flowers. Its handle is also used as its cover, and can be carried in a pocket.

Razor

This razor has a blade decorated with small flowers. Its handle is also used as its cover, and can be…

This razor has a blade decorated with small flowers. Its handle is also used as its cover, and can be carried in a pocket.

Razor

This razor has a blade decorated with small flowers. Its handle is also used as its cover, and can be…

This razor has a blade decorated with scrolls. Its handle is designed with leaves and a vase with flowers in the center.

Razor

This razor has a blade decorated with scrolls. Its handle is designed with leaves and a vase with flowers…

A razor strop is a flexible strip of leather or canvas used to sharpen and polish the blade of a straight razor, a knife, or a woodworking tool like a chisel. Unlike honing a blade, in which a whetstone removes metal bent out of alignment from the blade's edge, stropping the blade realigns the indentations without removing any material.

Razor Stropper

A razor strop is a flexible strip of leather or canvas used to sharpen and polish the blade of a straight…

A safety razor is a razor where the skin is protected form all but the very edge of the blade, this razor eliminates the possibility of the user being seriously injured.

Safety Razor

A safety razor is a razor where the skin is protected form all but the very edge of the blade, this…

A saw is a tool that uses a hard blade or wire with an abrasive edge to cut through softer materials. The cutting edge of a saw is either a serrated blade or an abrasive. This tool may be worked by hand, or powered by steam, water, or electric power.

Abrasive Saw Blade

A saw is a tool that uses a hard blade or wire with an abrasive edge to cut through softer materials.…

A saw working in a pit, as a large saw used for cutting timber, operated by two men.

Pit Saw

A saw working in a pit, as a large saw used for cutting timber, operated by two men.

A saw working in a pit, as a large saw used for cutting timber, operated by two men.

Pit Saw

A saw working in a pit, as a large saw used for cutting timber, operated by two men.

"The <em>shoulder-blade</em> is a large, flat, three-sided bone, which is placed on the upper and back part of the chest. On the outer side it has a saucerlike cavity on which the rounded head of the arm bone rests." &mdash; Blaisedell, 1904

Scapula

"The shoulder-blade is a large, flat, three-sided bone, which is placed on the upper and back…

A scauper or scorper is a engraver's tool used to scoop out broad areas.

Scauper

A scauper or scorper is a engraver's tool used to scoop out broad areas.

Showing the different stages of scissors manufacturing.

Scissors manufacturing

Showing the different stages of scissors manufacturing.

This knife is a band of multi function pocket knife. Generally speaking a tool like this has a blade as well as other various tools, such as a screwdriver and knife sharpener intended for military and camping purposes. These attachments are stored inside the handle of the knife through a pivot point mechanism.

Combination Can Opening Knife Sharpening Screwdriver

This knife is a band of multi function pocket knife. Generally speaking a tool like this has a blade…

Used for mowing and reaping, consisting of a long curved blade fixed at an angle to a long bent handle.

Attachment Scythe

Used for mowing and reaping, consisting of a long curved blade fixed at an angle to a long bent handle.

"Railway Semaphore. a, lever, which operates both b, blade, and c, lantern." -Whitney, 1911

Railroad Semaphore

"Railway Semaphore. a, lever, which operates both b, blade, and c, lantern." -Whitney, 1911

Ordinary sheep-shears are not in any sense a pair of scissors. These simple shears have no pivot on which the blades turn.

Sheep-shearing Shears

Ordinary sheep-shears are not in any sense a pair of scissors. These simple shears have no pivot on…

This fish slice has an engraving on the blade of a fish scene. It is used as a fish knife for dinning on seafood.

Fish Slice

This fish slice has an engraving on the blade of a fish scene. It is used as a fish knife for dinning…

A sword is a long-edged piece of metal, used as a cutting, thrusting weapon.

Sword

A sword is a long-edged piece of metal, used as a cutting, thrusting weapon.

A bench-shears is a tool with two short, stout blades and very long handles, one of them being fitted with a point to hold the shears firm on the bench.

Tinsmith's Shears

A bench-shears is a tool with two short, stout blades and very long handles, one of them being fitted…