Adze, rabitting; [?]; [?]; CT83.1472e


Adze, rabitting

About this object

Rabbiting adze; an iron adze with a flat, squared blade. A notch is cut from one side of the blade. This has a long, carved wooden handle. This type of adze was used by rabbiters when setting their traps, the notch in the blade was used to straighten the rabbit peg.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, metal, iron
organic, vegetal, wood


h 90mm x l 470mm x w 160mm

Subject and Association Keywords

agriculture, hunting sports, special methods and types of hunting, ferreting

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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Mardi Muirson 09 Feb 2012 10:53 AM,UTC

My husband was a rabbitter at Mokotua, and explained to me that the notch straightens anything that gets buckled on the rabbit trap(including the peg) The hammer end of the adze is for banging the spike in, and the blade is for digging holes - rabbits are attracted to newly tilled ground(he said) We have a small adze still in our possession, and I could decipher 'Edgell'and 'Forge' moulded on the blade - two other words were only partly legible, with the tool having been used so much. it looks quite similar to the model you have pictured.