Some of the tools found in Kha’s funerary assemblage belong to the world of carpentry. An axe stands out among them. It has a wooden handle and a bronze blade, engraved with Kha’s monogram, attached by an elaborate weave of leather bands. The position of the blade, at a right angle to the handle, makes this a very versatile tool because it fulfils the function of a normal cutting blade as well as that of a planer; its practicality of use is such that, in Kha’s time, Egyptian carpenters and joiners had already been using the model for over a millennium to cut and hew wooden boards, but also to shape and smooth surfaces.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reigns of Amenhotep II, Thutmose IV and Amenhotep III, ca. 1425-1353 BC. Wood, bronze and leather. From the Tomb of Kha (TT8), Deir el-Medina, West Thebes. Schiaparelli excavations, 1906. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. S. 8386