Hand tools are instruments that rely on its user's own physical force, as opposed to power tools. They may be used by infantrymen to prepare earthwork defenses such as gabions, trenches, and foxholes, although these tasks are nowadays performed with earthmoving vehicles. They may also serve as makeshift weapons, occasionally outperforming purpose-built close combat weapons such as bayonets. Certain military forces such as the Spetsnaz have even created fighting techniques around implements such as entrenching tools.
Hand tools are among the melee weapons available to players in Battlefield 1. Per hit, they inflict the most damage, but are slow with follow-up attacks, have a narrow kill zone for takedowns, and need to be loosened from the victim following a takedown. Certain tools also have the ability to break barbed wire, destroy wooden objects, and pierce light armor.
Takedowns occur any time that a melee weapon would inflict lethal damage on an opponent, although rear and prone takedowns can be performed on enemies at any health. Melee weapons inflict less damage to enemies facing the player, but may still result in a takedown.
The attacker chops into the target's left collarbone, who then drops to their knees. The attacker then forcefully removes the weapon from the target's neck.
The attacker chops into the target's back, who drops to their knees. The attacker then grabs the target's shoulder to free the weapon.
The attacker chops into the target's chest, then kicks them off to free the weapon.
The attacker does a quick chop into the target's back.
The attacker chops into the target's upper back.
The attacker kicks the target onto their back and hacks into their chest.
The attacker does a heavy chop into the target's neck.
The target is spooked as the attacker does a two-handed chop into their right collarbone.
Hand tools are melee weapons featured in Battlefield V for all kits. Hand Tools are unlocked by increasing the rank of each respective kit or through special challenges. All hand tools are statistically the same, having a damage output of 55 per hit. Unlike other melee weapons, hand tools deal the most damage but are slow with follow-up attacks. Additionally, hand tools can destroy certain wooden objects.
Despite a resemblance to long bladed instruments, machetes are most commonly used as a hacking tool in line with an axe or a cleaver. Its sharpened cutting edge makes it as useful a weapon as it is for clearing undergrowth.