That little skinning axe is neat! I need to find one of those... I've got a hatchet and a full sized axe, but that's it.You may have a hatchet, old hand, and if you do, hang on to it, save it, because it's a rare bird indeed. A true hatchet is an archaic tool, used around the farm, and often confused with the hand axe. A hatchet has an axe blade on one end, and a true hammer head on the back side. Like this
Of course, every culture has a hand axe, as they are very versatile tools. One in particular comes up from time to time, the broadaxe, which is often though to be a tool of war, but was really designed for hewing logs, making joints, and making staves. Most broadaxes are normally forged with a flat side and a beveled side, so that the artisan could control the way the axe cut wood. Below is an example of a broadaxe.
Of course, when we're talking about hand axes, we can also talk about the ancient stone axes found all over the world, the tomahawks, the asian axes, indeed, there are thousands of variations.
Like I said earlier, I'm no expert on axes, but I have a working knowledge, and they're a fascinating study.