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DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Single-Bit Axe')">
Most popular style of axe, the single-bit axe is used to fell, trim or prune trees, to split or cut wood.
- The easiest and safest axe for inexperienced woodcutters to use because it only has one cutting edge.
- The other end of the head, the poll, forms a hammer for driving wooden or plastic stakes. It should never be used to strike splitting wedges, steel posts, stone or any hard object.
- Handles for single-bit axes are curved to help increase leverage. Axe handles are made of hickory and range from 20″ to 36″ long. The most common is 36″.
- Common head patterns include Michigan, Dayton, Kentucky, Connecticut and New Jersey.