A battle axe (also spelled battle-ax, battle-axe, or battleaxe) was a type of axe designed for use in combat. As opposed to a normal axe, these were intended to cut down foes with ease rather than wood.
A battle axe was usually over three feet long, though shorter designs were made for close combat. The head was usually made of steel, and was lighter and slimmer than a normal axe.
Axes could also be designed for use as a projectile. This weapon, called a throwing axe, was small but deadly in the hands of a skilled warrior. The Franks are known for their use of these.