For hatchets from Stealing Creation, see Hatchet (Stealing Creation).
"Axe" redirects here. For the melee weapon class, see Battleaxe.
Dwarven army axeBronze hatchetIron hatchetSteel hatchetBlack hatchetBlessed hatchetMithril hatchetAdamant hatchetHatchet (class 5)Rune hatchetDragon hatchetInferno adzeCrystal hatchet
Slot Main-hand
Style Slash
Fast (3.0s)

The hatchet is the tool used in Woodcutting to chop trees. (Prior to 1 April 2009, a hatchet was called an axe; all woodcutting axes were since renamed to hatchets to clear up ambiguity between other items such as pickaxes, battleaxes, and thrownaxes.)

A hatchet is a melee weapon, available in all varieties of metal except white, although its power and speed are less favourable than many other weapons. Hatchets can be used to slash webs. A bronze hatchet spawns on the wood stump at the chicken farm in the north east section of Lumbridge. All hatchets except for the crystal hatchet, the dragon hatchet, the black hatchet, the inferno adze, and the sacred clay hatchet, can be smithed using the Smithing skill.

All hatchets (except the blessed, sacred clay, and black hatchets) can now be added to the tool belt. This saves inventory space while woodcutting, without needing to be equipped. However once a hatchet is added it cannot be removed.

Types of hatchetsEdit

The level required to wield a hatchet is different than the level required to use a hatchet to chop trees. Wielding is governed by Attack level while chopping trees is governed by Woodcutting level. For example, a player with level 1 Attack and level 61 Woodcutting can use a dragon hatchet to chop trees, but not wield it as their Attack level is not high enough.

Main-handOff-hand Attributes Style bonusPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence Constitution Prayer Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Dwarven army axeDwarven army axe11 Slash 183 160 - - - 0 0 0 - - -Obtained during Troll Warzone
Bronze hatchetBronze hatchet11 Slash 30 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -304
Iron hatchetIron hatchet110 Slash 61 152 - - - 0 0 0 - - -514
Steel hatchetSteel hatchet620 Slash 122 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - -860
Black hatchetBlack hatchet625 Slash 147 223 - - - 0 0 0 - - -1,038
Mithril hatchetMithril hatchet2130 Slash 183 257 - - - 0 0 0 - - -1,446
Blessed hatchetBlessed hatchet3520 Slash 9 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -Made during the quest Animal Magnetism
Adamant hatchetAdamant hatchet3140 Slash 245 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - -2,894
Rune hatchetRune hatchet4150 Slash 306 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - -7,377
Volatile clay hatchetSacred clay hatchet/Volatile clay hatchet501 Slash 24 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -20 Stealing Creation points
Dragon hatchetDragon hatchet6160 Slash 367 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - -1,033,723
Inferno adzeInferno adze61?1 Slash 447 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - -Beacon network reward
Crystal hatchetCrystal hatchet7170 Slash 428 536 - - - 0 0 0 - - -4000 harmonic dust & a dragon hatchet

Dungeoneering hatchetsEdit

These hatchets could only be obtained and used during Dungeoneering.

Table of hatchets
TierItemLevels to use
1Novite hatchet Novite hatchet1 Attack-icon Attack; 1 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
2Bathus hatchet Bathus hatchet10 Attack-icon Attack; 10 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
3Marmaros hatchet Marmaros hatchet20 Attack-icon Attack; 20 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
4Kratonite hatchet Kratonite hatchet30 Attack-icon Attack; 30 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
5Fractite hatchet Fractite hatchet40 Attack-icon Attack; 40 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
6Zephyrium hatchet Zephyrium hatchet50 Attack-icon Attack; 50 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
7Argonite hatchet Argonite hatchet60 Attack-icon Attack; 60 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
8Katagon hatchet Katagon hatchet70 Attack-icon Attack; 70 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
9Gorgonite hatchet Gorgonite hatchet80 Attack-icon Attack; 80 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
10Promethium hatchet Promethium hatchet90 Attack-icon Attack; 90 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting
11Primal hatchet Primal hatchet99 Attack-icon Attack; 99 Woodcutting-icon Woodcutting


Dragon hatchet equipped

A player wielding a Dragon hatchet.

  • When the woodcutting animation was changed, only the sacred clay hatchet retained the old woodcutting animation.
  • Axes were renamed as 'Hatchets' on 1 April 2009 to avoid confusion, but this temporarily caused some scams as people said that a hatchet was a rare item.
  • Before the introduction of hatchets, the Broken axe random event was removed and all remaining broken pieces were removed from the game.
  • Interestingly, hatchets can be made using the Smithing skill with only the metal bar and a hammer, there is no wood involved in the production and thus the origin of the hatchet's handle remains a mystery.
  • After the Evolution of Combat update, if players were woodcutting with a sheathed hatchet, it would appear in their hand but also remain sheathed on their back at the same time, giving the appearance of having two hatchets equipped. This also happened when mining with a sheathed pickaxe. This was fixed on 13 May 2013, causing them to be unsheathed when they are being used for woodcutting, and another update on 17 June caused them to be sheathed again after use.

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