However the brow might perspire, there was no dampness on the hand, and the helve of the axe was scarcely harder and drier.
Why, my dear abbe, how you throw the helve after the hatchet!
She disposed the ax to conceal it entirely beneath her long apron, her hand under the garment grasping the helve.
The pick sunk to its helve in the earth, now softened by the spring rain.
The handle broke short off at the point where the helve meets the steel.
I fling but the helve after the hatchet that has sunk into the silent stream.
With the helve of his mattock tight in his grasp, he sank into a dreamless sleep.
So I used the helve of an entrenching-tool and the stalks of the willow undergrowth.
In the helve, which is pretty thick, is made a hole into which the stone is fixed.
helve, helv, n. the handle of an axe or hatchet: the handle of a forehammer.
Old English helfe, hielfe "handle of an axe" or other tool or weapon, from Proto-Germanic *halb- (cf. Old Saxon helvi, Middle Dutch helf, Old High German halb "handle of an axe," Old High German helmo "tiller"); related to halter and helm (1), from PIE *kelp- "to hold, grasp." In Middle English, to holden the axe bi the helve (c.1200) meant "to take something by the right end."