Hand Axe

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Hand Axe
Hand Axe
Category Tool
Heavy Load
Equipped One-handed
Condition max. 10
Attachment Belt
Type Axe
Attack speed 4
Range 0.61–1.1 tiles
Damage 0.7–1.5
Tree damage 15
Door damage 20
Knockback 0.3
Knockdown 2
Technical details
Base ID HandAxe

A hand axe is a one-handed weapon and tool. The weapon can be attached to the left or right slot of a Belt for quick access and weight reduction.


Pros Cons
  • Fastest swing speed of any axe.
  • Weighs less than most axes.
  • Can be used as an effective tool for chopping down trees and breaking down doors.
  • Not too difficult to find.
  • Shortest range of any axe.
  • Deals less damage than most axes.
  • Not as durable as most axes.
  • Tied with the Stone Axe for lowest critical hit chance of any axe.

Chopping trees

A hand axe is a decent choice when chopping trees and collecting logs to turn into planks using a saw. It does 15 damage per swing. For comparison, a regular axe deals 35.

Breaking doors

A hand axe is a decent choice when breaking down doors. It does 20 damage per swing. For comparison, a regular axe deals 35.


  • The best method of finding a hand axe is looting places like hardware stores and industrial locations such as warehouses, factories and storage units. It can also sometimes be found in garages.
  • Hand axes can also be found inside of barricaded buildings and carpenter's houses.
  • Occasionally, some zombies can be found with hand axes stuck to them.



Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2
Watermelon Slice
Watermelon Slice x10
none Watermelon
Watermelon x1
Hand Axe
Kitchen Knife
Stone Knife
Hunting Knife
Meat Cleaver
Stone Axe
Wood Axe



From items_weapons.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Version 41.50
    item HandAxe
	    DisplayCategory = ToolWeapon,
		MaxRange	=	1.1,
		WeaponSprite	=	HandAxe,
		MinAngle	=	0.67,
		Type	=	Weapon,
		MinimumSwingTime	=	3,
		KnockBackOnNoDeath	=	FALSE,
		SwingAmountBeforeImpact	=	0.02,
		Categories	=	Axe,
		ConditionLowerChanceOneIn	=	15,
		Weight	=	2,
		SplatNumber	=	2,
		PushBackMod	=	0.3,
		SubCategory	=	Swinging,
		ConditionMax	=	10,
		MaxHitCount	=	2,
		DoorDamage	=	20,
		SwingAnim	=	Bat,
		DisplayName	=	Hand Axe,
		MinRange	=	0.61,
		SwingTime	=	4,
		KnockdownMod	=	2,
		SplatBloodOnNoDeath	=	FALSE,
		Icon	=	AxeHand,
        BreakSound  =   HandAxeBreak,
        DoorHitSound = HandAxeHit,
        HitSound = HandAxeHit,
        HitFloorSound = HandAxeHit,
		SwingSound = HandAxeSwing,
        TreeDamage  =   15,
        CriticalChance	=	15,
        CritDmgMultiplier = 5,
        MinDamage	=	0.7,
        MaxDamage	=	1.5,
        BaseSpeed = 1,
      	WeaponLength = 0.35,
      	DamageCategory = Slash,
        DamageMakeHole = TRUE,
        AttachmentType = Hammer,
        Tags = ChopTree;CutPlant,

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