The blade is double-edged, and both sides are usually kept sharp. It is used to cut brush, briar, and undergrowth.
Other common names for this tool are ditch bank blade, briar axe, and surveyor's brush axe. On the Eastern Shore, farmers call it a bush axe.
In popular culture
In the movie Sling Blade, main character Karl Childers (portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton) recounts an incident from his childhood in which he killed his mother and her boyfriend with this tool. He admits to committing murder with "a kaiser blade." Karl describes it as follows:, "some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a kaiser blade. It's kindly a wood handle, kind of like an axe handle. With a long blade on it shaped kinda like a bananer. Mhm. Sharp on one edge, and dull on the other. Mhm. It's what the highway boys use to cut down weeds and whatnot."
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