An axe is a single- or double-bladed weapon made from a metal or stone head mounted on a haft of varying length. The haft is usually made of wood to reduce the overall weight. The term "axe" is used here as an archetype of hand-held slashing weapons that fit this description and where the blade length is considerably less then the overall weapon length.

Axes are the favoured weapons of many fighters and barbarians (especially dwarves).[1]

Axes in the RealmsEdit

Dwarven waraxe
Ice axe 
An axe specialised for use in climbing icy surfaces that can also function as a weapon.[2]
Orc double axe
Pole axes and Halberds
Throwing axe


  1. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 115. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 156. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.