-- Adze
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The adze is a type of woodworking tool whose use predates written records. It is similar to an axe, but the blade is perpendicular to the shaft instead of in line with it. It is used primarily to smooth out and shape rough wood such as a fallen tree trunk. Ancient adzes were made of stone (flint, basalt, jade) or copper, and modern adzes are usually made of steel. Adzes have been found in ancient Egypt, New Zealand, and many places in both Europe and Asia.

Although primarily used as a woodcutter's tool, the adze has obvious value as an improvised weapon when the situation calls for it. Adzes used purely for war also exist in some cultures such as the Maori of New Zealand.

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