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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 1Edit

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
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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 wooden objects.
  • Scout Rank 2
  • 150 Warbonds
BF1 Pickaxe
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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 break wooden objects and pierce light armor.
  • Medic Rank 2
  • 150 Warbonds
BF1 Kukri
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Kukri A machete-style knife, still commonly found and used in Nepal. Can break barbed wire.
BF1 Billhook
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Billhook An agricultural tool that found its way to the front lines. Can break barbed wire and wooden objects.
BF1 Coupe Coupe

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Coupe Coupe A French style of machete. Can break barbed wire and wooden objects.
  • Added with the November 2017 (Operations Campaign) update.
  • Completion of a 2017 Community Mission (Holiday Mission #1).
BF1 Russian Axe

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Russian Axe The Axe is as useful as a tool as it is effective as a weapon. Can break barbed wire and wooden objects.
  • Available in the Turning Tides expansion.
  • Obtain 5 Russian Axe puzzle pieces


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 1Edit

  • Despite appearances, the shovel cannot be used to dig. Ground can only be lifted via explosions.
  • The Cavalry Sword, Sawtooth Knife, and Saber use the same takedown animations as hand tools, although only a shallow bit of blade appears to get "stuck" in the victim.