Splitting, chopping, and felling. Does that sound like something you’d associate with a woodcutter or a murderer? Axes can be found in more places than you’d think. For example, the labrys of the Minoans has become a lesbian pride sign over the past 22 years, and the word 'tomahawk' now brings a steak to mind. Battle axes are now fighting a completely different kind of battle compared to the past — and the hatchet that hangs in many sheds has more history than you’d think. A history of war heroes and scientists.