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An Axe, or Ax, is a weapon comprised of a blade on a wooden or iron handle. The axe was a widely used weapon during the Age of Piracy.
A person using an axe is called an Axman.
An axe consist of one blade, or head, used for slicing and hacking, and a handle for gripping. The axe was simple and easy to use. All techniques of using an axe was about the same for many cultures. The ax had a small swinging area, so was most effective in close-combat. Axes were always cheaper than Cutlasses.
Axes were manly used for fighting, but were occasionally used for ceremonial reasons.
Notable Ax Types
Widely use by Europeans to board enemy vessels, the Boarding Ax was a smaller version of the Battle Ax. The Boarding Ax was popular among sailors during the 11th century A.D. to the 19th century A.D. The Boarding Ax was also a main weapon for Pirates during the Age of Piracy. The Boarding Ax was known to be thrown at enemies when in a battle.
Similar to the Boarding Ax, the Battle Ax was used in land battles. Many were suitable for use in one hand, while others were larger and were wielded two-handed. Axes designed for warfare ranged in weight from just over 0.5 kg to 3 kg (1 to 6 pounds), and in length from just over 30 cm to upwards of 1.5 m (1 to 5 feet), such as the Danish axe or the sparth axe. Anything longer than 1.5 m would arguably fall more into the category of polearms. Through the course of human history, commonplace objects have been pressed into service as weapons. Axes, by virtue of their ubiquity, are no exception. Besides axes designed for combat, there were many axes that were both tools and weapons. Axes could be designed as throwing weapons as well.
A tomahawk is a type of axe native to North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. The name came into the English language in the 17th century as a transliteration of the Virginian Algonquian word. Tomahawks were general purpose tools used by Native Americans and European Colonials alike, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon. It originally featured a stone head, but later iron or brass heads were used. The metal tomahawk heads were originally based on a Royal Navy boarding axe and used as a trade-item with Native Americans for food and other provisions.
Spontoon Pipe Tomahawk
A French trapper and Iroquois collaboration, this was an axe with a knife-like stabbing blade instead of the familiar wedged shape.
Axes on Poles
The Halberd is a spear-like weapon with a hooked poll. It was effective against cavalry. It also had ceremonial purposes.
Designed to defeat plate armor, its axe (or hammer) head is much narrower than other axes, which accounts for its penetrating power.
Behind the Scenes
- Unlike many other pirate movies in which all pirate officers dueled with rapiers, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies gives a realistic depiction of pirate weapons.
- Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm
- Jack Sparrow: Poseidon's Peak (Mentioned only)
- Legends of the Brethren Court: Rising in the East
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End