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
Crit chance 15%
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 x10
0.75 Cooking none

Materials to repair

Item repaired 1st Repair materials =
50% repaired, 100% success

20% repaired, 95% success

10% repaired, 95% success

10% repaired, 95% success

Hand Axe


Wood Glue (2 Uses)
(Requires Carpentry Level 2)


Duct Tape (2 Uses)


Glue (2 Uses)


Adhesive Tape (4 Uses)

It should be noted that repairing the hand axe makes following repairs less likely to succeed and can, if repaired numerous times, cause reduced durability instead of increased.




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

Version 41.78.16
    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,


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

Version 41.78.16
	fixing Fix Hand Axe
		Require : HandAxe,

		Fixer : Woodglue=2; Woodwork=2,
		Fixer : DuctTape=2,
		Fixer : Glue=2,
		Fixer : Scotchtape=4,

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