The Adze.

by Daniel Russ on January 19, 2012

Egyptian Military And Ceremonial Weaponry

Ceremonial Adze Belonging to Ahmose



The adze was a weapon developed from a similar looking tool used in battle in the New Kingdom 1550 to 1070 BC. Egyptians made the adze with stone striking blades, flint blades and later with bone, and finally bronze. It was used for digging, and knapping flint, and barrel stave shaping.


Egyptian Epsilon Ax


It was also used for killing people, or taking the legs off of a charging horse drawing a chariot. The adze evolved into several different kinds of hatchet like tools and weapons, not the least of which was the modern Halligan Bar, a firefighter’s tool with an adze end on it used fro prying pen doors and separating wooden planks


Halligan Bar came from Egyptian Adze Hatchet

The Halligan Bar, Used By Firefighters, Developed By Ancient Egyptians


Some scholars think the edge sticking out of the Khopesh or sickle sword was a logical evolution of the adze. We know that the adze type ax was also developed in New Zealand by the Maoris. The fact is, blades protruding from the handle of hatchets belong to no one in particular. There was little access to information about other cultures and weapons in antiquity. So building an ax like the adze design was simply an exercise in logic.


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