The Pick Axe
Description and Definition of the Pick Axe: The Pick Axe is the name given to describe one of the many different Types of Native American War Clubs used during Indian warfare and combat and as a useful tool. The name of the Pick Axe was so-called because this weapon resembled the shape of the beak of a bird. The word ‘pick’ derives from the Latin word ‘picus’ meaning “woodpecker.” The Pick Axe style of war club was made of either stone or metal blades. The Pick axe style of war clubs had a sharp edge on one side and a diamond shaped point on the opposite side. Some styles of pick axe had a blunt edge used for striking rather than cutting. The blades were attached to a wooden handle and are illustrated in the pictures of pick axes shown on this page and measured between15-20 inches long and weighed about 3 pounds.