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A dwarven miner wields a dwarven waraxe. See also Category:Images of axes.
See also: Weapon

An axe, sometimes spelled ax, is a weapon and tool typically comprised of a metal bladed head on the end of a wooden handle.[1][2] An axe designed for combat, with a lighter reinforced shaft and sharper blade, is often referred to as a battle axe.[2] Axes are distinguished in use by the greater swinging momentum they deliver due to their top-heavy design.[3]

A basic battle axe can cost between 1 to 10 gold pieces.[2][4]

Variants

See also: Category:Axes

Axe-like weapons and tools with a pointed head instead of a blade are known as picks or pickaxes.

An axe's head and handle might take many different shapes and forms, be made of a variety of materials, have one or multiple blades of varying shapes and configuration, and range from sizes small enough to throw or large enough to be a polearm.[1][4][5] While most axe heads are made of iron or steel, some are known to have been made of stone, bronze,[6] and adamantine.[7]

Axe hafts are typically wooden but might be reinforced with or made of metal, as well as more exotic materials such as whipwood.[8]

  • An axe musket adds an axe blade to the end of a musket barrel, allowing it to be wielded as either.[9]
  • Bardiches are polearms with a large crescent axe blade attached at two points of the haft, increasing its durability.[10]
  • A boarding axe includes a spiked end allowing it to be used as a climbing aid.[11][12][13]
  • A greataxe is up to four feet long, requires two hands to wield, and often feature two blades and a "beard", or hook at the bottom meant to further increase its chopping force.[14][15]
  • A handaxe is a foot-long, one-handed axe weighted toward its head, and might also be called a war hatchet.[16]
  • Halberds have an axe-like head at the top of its spear body.[15]
  • A hatchet is a small, throwable axe.[14]
  • A hooked axe features a hook at the end of its blade for tripping or disarming opponents.[16]
  • A mambele, also called a hunga munga or danisco, is a throwable axe with a backward-curving blade that tears even more from a victim when it is extracted after striking.[17]
  • Throwing axes are specifically weighted and balanced for being thrown overhand, at the expense of being as effective in melee. They might also be called franciscas and tomahawks.[18]
  • A tongi resembles a battle axe with the blades cut down to pairs of pointed spikes.[19]

Unique axes

The half-orc Wrathack wields an orc double axe.

On Golarion

Axes are often favored by dwarves, who favor dwarven waraxes with a large, decorated head and thick handle that can be wielded with one or two hands.[2][3] A dwarven urgrosh has a spear point on the bottom of its half, and either head can be used.[3] Dwarven axe-gauntlets feature an axe blade over a locked gauntlet for extreme close quarters, and were engineered during the running battles in the Quest for Sky.[26] A maulaxe is a dwarven weapon with a hammer on one side of the head and an axe blade on the opposite side.[27]

Orcs also wield a specialized axe known as a necksplitter, which has a single jagged blade and beard designed for chopping through bone joints.[28] An orc double axe takes such design priorities to an extreme by putting a double-headed blade on each end of a heavy, clumsy pole; it must be wielded from the center like a quarterstaff.[29] Butchering axes are heavy, unbalanced axes designed by smiths in the Hold of Belkzen.[11]

The Hellknight Order of the Coil favors the greataxe,[30] and the Order of the Glyph favors the battle axe.[31]

Pahmet dwarves craft ornate axes, with one side of the head bearing a hammer and the other a golden blade adorned with dwarven runes and Osiriani symbols.[32]

A swinging axe trap menaces a group of adventurers.

As traps

Axes are sometimes used in traps, particularly ones that swing weapons.[33]

In religion

Axes of various types are the favored weapon of several deities, including Andak,[34] Angradd,[35] Bes,[36] Dammerich,[37] Haagenti,[38] Lahkgya,[39] Likha,[40] Narakaas,[41] Narriseminek,[42] Sekhmet,[43] Treerazer,[35] Unity,[44] and Verex.[45]

References

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  34. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 110. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7; battle axe.
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  36. Paizo staff. (2020). Lost Omens Gods & Magic, p. 124. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0; mambele.
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  38. James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 16. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  39. Paizo staff. (2020). Lost Omens Gods & Magic, p. 132. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0; battle axe.
  40. Paizo staff. (2020). Lost Omens Gods & Magic, p. 132. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0; hatchet.
  41. Paizo staff. (2020). Lost Omens Gods & Magic, p. 130. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0; greataxe.
  42. Paizo staff. (2020). Lost Omens Gods & Magic, p. 130. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0; hatchet.
  43. Paizo staff. (2020). Lost Omens Gods & Magic, p. 124. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0; battle axe.
  44. Crystal Frasier. (2015). NPC Gallery. The Divinity Drive, p. 58. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-724-6; battle axe.
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External links

  • Axe on Wikipedia