hand ax

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Also spelled hand axe. In modern times, a hand ax is a short-handled metal tool with a sharp head used for chopping objects, such branches, trees, or even limbs of an enemy or animal. In prehistoric times, these tools were made of stone and are known by archaeologists as bifaces, as the stone head had been worked on both sides.

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