The blade of a pickaxe usually has two heads.
Pickaxes are simple hand tools that consist of a handle and a blade. The blade is usually double-headed, with tapered protrusions at either end of the blade. In some cases, the pickaxe will have a pointed end and a flat end on opposite sides of the blade, making the tool useful in a wide range of tasks.
In most cases, the pickaxe handle is made of some kind of hardwood. The handle will be four to six feet long and will be similar to the handle used with any type of axe. In more recent times, the use of metal handles has become more common. There are also some pickaxe models that use heavy-duty fiberglass blends, although these are typically recommended for less labor-intensive tasks.
Pickaxes are ideal tools for breaking surfaces.
The pickaxe’s blade is made up of some type of metal, usually steel or some other hard metal. The most common design includes a two-pronged body for the blade, with one of the prongs or prongs coming to a sharp point. The peak is usually built with a slight curve. The opposing pin can be a duplicate of the other or can be configured with a flat end. In other projects, one of the ends may look like a regular chisel.
A common pickaxe can be used for many common tasks. The pointed end is ideal for breaking surfaces such as concrete or hard soil. When equipped with a flat blade edge, the pickaxe can also be used to slide under an object and lift it out of the surrounding area. When the chiseled pin is included in the hand tool design, the pickaxe becomes an ideal choice for cutting roots as part of removing a tree stump.
There is evidence that the pickaxe is one of the oldest tools known to mankind. Its use is generally traced back to prehistoric civilizations, and over the centuries it has been used for everything from farming to warfare. The sheer simplicity of the design coupled with the easy use of the tool make the pick an ideal addition to virtually any tool collection.