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A hand axe (note the lack of a hammer head)

A hatchet (from the Old French hachete, a diminutive form of hache, 'axe' of Germanic origin) is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade on one side used to cut and split wood, and a hammerhead on the other side. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a broadaxe.[]

A hatchet is a type of hand axe; a small axe meant to be used with one hand.[1]

Hatchets have a variety of uses, such as tasks normally done by a pocket knife when one is not present. The hatchet can also be used to create fire through sparks and friction. Hatchet throwing is increasing in popularity.[]

Burying the hatchet has become a phrase meaning to make peace, due to the Native American tradition of hiding or putting away a tomahawk when a peace agreement was made.

Hatchet was a book by Gary Paulson released on November 1, 1986. The book is about a 13-year-old boy named brian. His plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness and he has to survive.

Hatchet was used to describe a battle-axe in Middle English.[2]


  1. ^ "The Difference Between an Axe And a Hatchet, Explained". Popular Mechanics. 2015-12-03. Retrieved . He defines a hatchet as simply, "a small one-hand axe used for chopping."
  2. ^ "Results of Headword Search in Middle English Dictionary". quod.lib.umich.edu. Retrieved .

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