Pickaxes (often abbreviated as picks) are used to mine any type of ore in Gielinor. Pickaxes can either be held in the inventory or wielded; but, to wield a pickaxe, the wielder's Attack level must be high enough to wield the metal. Wielding the pickaxe provides extra space in the inventory. This is useful when mining for a profit, as one extra ore can be held.
In the early days of Runescape Classic, there was only one type of pickaxe available, named simply Pickaxe. It looked like a Steel pickaxe and could not be equipped. When different types of pickaxes were released in May 2003, all pickaxes in the bank became the Bronze pickaxes that are commonly found today.
Upon the release of Dragon pickaxe, all the other pickaxes underwent an animation change, except the crush attack and mining animation, which the latter was already updated after release of HD. Still, mining and crushing action would use the new figures released.