What is an Adze?

What is an Adze?The adze is an old-fashioned tool and isn't as popular as it once was. However, woodworking adzes still have their uses, and the tool has been adapted for other purposes.

Identification

An basic adze resembles a cross between an axe and a hoe. It has the flat, plate-like blade head of a hoe but the heavy construction of an axe.

Woodworking

The adze is a woodworking tool, used to smooth logs and planks by chipping away at their surface. It is not a tool for fine work.

Climbing

One adaptation of the adze has been made for climbing tools. The back of almost all ice axes have an adze mounted on them. (pictured above)

Function

Climbers working in ice will use the adze to help them carve steps out of the ice or snow.

Other Uses

An adze has also proven to be a handy tool for dismantling or wrecking things, as the flat head and heavy construction make it a good crowbar.

Mattocks

Halfway between the adze and the hoe is the mattock, used for breaking up tough dirt. This also has a heavy, plate-like head, though it is not as wide as an adze.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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