hatchet: see tomahawk.
See Hatchet (novel) for the young adult novel.
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Hatchet from the French hachette a diminutive form of the word hache, French for axe. The hatchet is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade used to cut and split wood. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a broadaxe.

Hatchets are taxonomically differentiated from hand axes by some using one or more of the following characteristics: the addition of a hammer head and a head 1-3 pounds (500 to 1,500 grams) in weight.

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