It is about my belief that most millenials only know the Verb form of “Axe” and not the Noun form – as in these days of economic turmoil, heads freely roll when jobs get axed.
But who has seen an Axe in real life or even used one before? I had this privilege in my childhood days. Not one, but two. One was an ordinary type which we used for chopping small trees, and pieces of raw firewood to length.
The other one had a broader head at the top where the handle was affixed. This type was used for splitting wood along the grain. It is actually called a “Maul Axe” or “Splitting Axe”.
Some say that Axe is Axe, and Maul is Maul; I prefer not to get mauled by splitting hairs (but wood, ok) on this matter.