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Basic Info
Weight: 3 lbs
Trade Value: 112
Flammable: No
Required By: "Käpälälauta"-fox trap, Alder, Grainflail, Paddle, Pine Tree, Rowan, Shortbow, Ski stick, Skis, Slender Tree Trunk, Slender tree trunk, Spruce Tree, Wooden Shovel, Wooden Stake, Wooden bowl, Wooden cup, Wooden mug
Combat Information
Skill Required: Axe
Blunt Damage: 3 / 4
Edge Damage: 6
Point Damage: 5 / 4
Attack Bonus: Very Little
Defense Bonus: Very Little

Handaxes are good all-round axes, for performing a variety of timbercraft skills.


While it is not the best for any one action, they are good for all of them, and no significant time penalty will be suffered when using one. During the "Watercourse" part of the Living in the Wild course, the player will receive a handaxe. There are two version of handaxe in-game. Both are identical only with blunt and point different. Edge is always the same.

URW Game Encyclopedia description

The official URW in-game encyclopedia (accessed by the F1 key) describes the handaxe thusly:

Regular single bladed axe used in timberwork.

Real life context

Handaxes are small, multipurpose axes, somewhat similar in function to a modern camping of firewood-chopping hatchet, but larger and with different details. Unlike the curvier shape of hatchet handles, most traditional handaxes had simpler, straighter and often slightly lengthier handles.

Cultural lore