The term "woodcutting axe" is a general term for any axe designed primarily for cutting or splitting logs. These can include large felling axes used for cutting down trees prior to the widespread use of saws, splitting axes for splitting logs, broad axes for shaping wood, and various other types of axe, which may be single or double bitted. While the woodcutting axe is not intended to be used as a weapon, its ubiquity means it is a commonly used improvised weapon.