The ax is a tool with a metal edge that is securely attached to a handle, usually made of wood, the purpose of which is to cut with blows.
The typical use for axes is to cut firewood and fell trees, but in the past they were used as weapons for hunting and warfare, especially by the Vikings, Normans, Amerindians, English, French, etc., which were used as a weapon ax and tomahawk from the Neolithic age, or throwing axes (Francisca, tomahawk).
The ax - Origin
The origin of the ax must be located in prehistory. Silica stones carved in the amygdaloid shape, and those of diorite or basalt polished at one or two ends, and sometimes with a notch in the middle, were fastened with strong ties to a stick, forming a right angle with it, and served as an offensive weapon in the fights between men or against wild animals. The hammer axes from Denmark are very notable, with a hole in the center.
In the Bronze Age, axes similar to the Neolithic ones were made of this metal or copper, casting them in stone molds. The copper axes were also tied to a pole, by means of grooves and a handle, or were attached to it by means of a kind of tube that acted as a handle. Both the Persians and the Egyptians used bronze or iron axes as weapons of combat, since some have been found in Pharaonic tombs and others are represented in paintings. Likewise, they were also used by the pre-Hellenic peoples, as shown by the finds made in the excavations of Troy.
The Greeks hardly used them. The Romans used them a lot to cut the limbs of the auxiliary troops and as a distinctive of the lictors, who carried the double-edged ax within their fasces. It was also a weapon of the Germans and the Franks, and in the Middle Ages it was very much in vogue in the European armies, keeping much resemblance to the tool of the same name. But from the end of the fourteenth century it took the double form of spear and ax, later confused with the halberd. Towards the middle or end of the seventeenth century it ceased to be a popular combat weapon in Europe, except in the navy, with the so-called boarding ax.
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