Introduced in 3022 by the Lyran Commonwealth. The Hatchet is a melee attack weapon equipped on BattleMechs. While most 'Mechs are equipped with ranged weaponry, melee weaponry is also both feasible and useful, especially due to a lack of noticeable heat buildup.
The Hatchet is manufactured on the following planets:
|Coventry StarBlade II||Coventry||Coventry Metal Works|
|Defiance Type 3||Hesperus II||Defiance Industries|
|Defiance Type 3||Taurus||Taurus Territorial Industries|
|Defiance Type 4||Hesperus II||Defiance Industries|
|Defiance Type 7||Hesperus II||Defiance Industries|
|Gibson-Kallon D||Gibson||Gibson Federated BattleMechs - (Free Worlds Defense Industries)|
|Johnston Cleaver-V||New Syrtis||Johnston Industries|
In the BattleTech board game, the Hatchet is swung in the physical attack phase at -1 to hit, dealing a point of damage for every five tons of weight. Notable 'Mechs equipping Hatchets include the Hatchetman, the Axman, the Buccaneer, the Berserker, and a variant of the Black Knight.