The Dwarven Waraxe is one of the characteristic weapons of Dwarf warriors. It consists of a heavy axe head on a relatively short shaft (usually no longer than two and a half feet, and often shorter). The axe head has a broad, thin blade backed by a heavy hammer or spike on the back. A Dwarven Waraxe is too large and heavy to use in one hand without special training; thus, it is an exotic weapon. A Medium character can use a Dwarven Waraxe two-handed as a martial weapon, or a Large creature can use it one-handed in the same way. A dwarf treats a Dwarven Waraxe as a martial weapon even when using it in one hand, as it is the dream weapon of every young Dwarf- and they begin swinging small versions of it as soon as they can carry one without it dragging on the floor.