Toys, Farm Tools And The Rest

Broad Ax      Exhibit 2
   late 1700s to early 1800s

     This is another example of a broad ax. It is also a chisel-edged broad ax, meaning that its blade edge is flat on one side, and beveled on the opposite.
     As was noted in the previous exhibit, most broad axes were oriented for a right-handed man. This particular ax was adjusted for use by a left handed man by simply removing the handle and reinserting it into the eye of the ax head from the opposite direction, forcing the blade's bevel to be on the left side when held in front of the user.