The Copper Axe is the first axe the player will obtain, and is weaker than the Iron or Lead Axe. It has an alternate ore version, the Tin Axe, which is slightly stronger. Newly created characters will spawn with this item in their third inventory slot. Like all axes, it is used to cut down trees, cacti and giant glowing mushrooms. Alternately, it can be purchased from the Merchant for 4.
Its best modifier is Light for harvesting purposes and either Agile or Forceful/Strong for combat purposes, due to its unusually low base damage. Though it can obtain the Ruthless modifier, the reduced knockback may be undesirable for early stages of the game.