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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.

Battlefield 1

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.


Image Name Description Information Unlocked
BF1 Shovel
BF1 Shovel Icon
Shovel The small size of shovels made them suitable for melee combat in the trenches. One edge was often sharpened to make them able to cut into the enemy.
  • Default
BF1 Hatchet
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Hatchet Primarily designed as a tool to destroy or modify various equipment on the battlefield, the hatchet also made for a vicious cleaving weapon up close.
  • Can break barbed wire and damage wood.
  • Scout Rank 2
  • BF1 War Bonds Icon 150 Warbonds
BF1 Pickaxe
BF1 Pickaxe Icon
Pickaxe Useful as an engineering tool on the battlefield, pickaxes were also used in melee combat to conserve ammunition or to stay relatively silent.
  • Can damage wood and light armor.
  • Medic Rank 2
  • BF1 War Bonds Icon 150 Warbonds
BF1 Billhook
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Billhook An agricultural tool that found its way to the front lines.
  • Built using five puzzle pieces obtained through Battlepacks.
BF1 Kukri
BF1 Kukri Icon
Kukri A machete-style knife, still commonly found and used in Nepal.
  • Built using five puzzle pieces obtained through Battlepacks.
BF1 Coupe Coupe
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Coupe Coupe A French style of machete.
  • Awarded for completing the 2017 Holiday Mission #1.
  • Awarded for completing Road to Battlefield V Mission Stage 2 Week 2.
BF1 Russian Axe
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Russian Axe The Axe is as useful as a tool as it is effective as a weapon.
  • Available in the Turning Tides expansion.
  • Can break barbed wire and damage wood.
  • Built using five puzzle pieces obtained through Battlepacks.
BF1 Meat Cleaver Icon Meat Cleaver Treat your enemy like a piece of meat.
  • Available in the Apocalypse expansion.
  • Can break barbed wire and damage wood.
  • Unlocked with expansion.
BF1 Prybar Icon Prybar Great for prying open crates, locks, and skulls.
  • Built using five puzzle pieces obtained through Battlepacks.
BF1 Welsh Blade HUD Icon Welsh Blade Carried by Lewis gunners and bombers, some were engraved with 'DROS URDDAS CYMRU' meaning 'For the honour of Wales.'
  • Unlocked with update.
BF1 Sickle HUD Icon Sickle A farming tool, but also a great weapon in a pinch. This one looks like it has a lot of years left in it.


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.

Target Stance Direction Action
Standing/Crouching Front 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.
Left 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.
Right The attacker chops into the target's chest, then kicks them off to free the weapon.
Back The attacker does a quick chop into the target's back.
Prone Front The attacker chops into the target's upper back.
Left The attacker kicks the target onto their back and hacks into their chest.
Right The attacker does a heavy chop into the target's neck.
Back The target is spooked as the attacker does a two-handed chop into their right collarbone.

Battlefield V

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.


Image Name Description Unlocked
BFV Hatchet
A hatchet is not just for felling small trees or chopping fire wood. In the hands of a skilled soldier it becomes a terrible weapon in close combat, rightly feared by the enemy.
Reach rank 4 on any class
BFV Fire Axe 1
Fire Axe
If a building catches fire, cut it down to save the neighbourhood. The same applies to enemy combatants, burning or no.
Complete Trial By Fire Week 3 challenges


Image Name Description Unlocked
BFV Shovel
Any soldier worth his salt will tell you that a shovel is good for more than just digging. They are also effective weapons in close combat, and some soldiers even took to sharpening the edges.
Reach rank 12 on any class
BFV Pickaxe
While pickaxes were issued to British soldiers as a traditional tool, they were often used in unintended ways, including as a weapon and to scuttle vehicles to keep them from falling into enemy hands.
Reach rank 14 on any class


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BFV Kukri
The bent shape of the Nepalese kukri made it a particularly good knife for chopping. The elite soldiers of the British Gurkha regiment made these famous during World War II.
Reach rank 17 on any class


Image Name Description Unlocked
BFV Coupe Coupe
Coupe Coupe
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.
Complete all Tirailleur War Story challenges


Image Name Description Unlocked
Ilse's Pickaxe
Decorated with a sword portepee strap normally found on dress uniform swords. No one is sure of its significance to Ilse, but the axe has likely seen more use than most.
Complete Ilse Schattenwolf's Special Assignment
Escape Axe
Pilots were issued these axes to escape the fuselage of crashed planes if they did not manage to bail first. Incidentally they cut into flesh as well as they mangle a fuselage.
Complete Jack Culver's Special Assignment


Battlefield 1

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