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When sundering a weapon, knowing its material is important to determine HP and hardness.
As I understand it, metal-hafted weapons are weapons that use metal as their handle's material. Are any standard weapons metal-hafted? What is the difference between a one-handed blade and a one-handed hafted weapon? Are some weapons considered not hafted at all?

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What's the context for this question? That is, do you need an answer to determine rust monster leftovers or for a specific feat...? – Hey I Can Chan Feb 23 '14 at 20:32
Determining the hardness and hp of items about to be sundered. – Hunter Feb 23 '14 at 20:42
Almost a duplicate of…, if the 3.5e/Pathfinder distinction is important here (I don't believe it is). – mxyzplk Feb 24 '14 at 1:32
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The rules don’t ever say what different parts of a weapon are made from

They just don’t get into that level of detail. The default materials are leather, wood, and steel, but which parts are made from which materials (and what type of leather, wood, or steel, for that matter) just isn’t brought up.

Weapons do some times have brief descriptions of their physical appearance and construction; there probably exist a few weapons where the wood or metal of the haft are mentioned, but that’s almost entirely coincidental. For the most part, the rules assume that weapons are made in a reasonably realistic manner, but don’t actually care that much.

A “haft” usually refers to a relatively long handle

This is just English at this point, but it would be weird to call the handle of a sword a “haft.” Typically, when the handle is much longer than the “business” part of the weapon, the handle is called a haft. I’m sure there’s a technical definition somewhere, but I’m equally sure that Dungeons and Dragons is not a game that pays too much attention to such technicalities. Anyway, axes, spears, polearms are typically considered hafted. Swords, knives, and so on typically are not.

Historically, hafts are made from wood, just for the sake of cutting costs; steel was rather expensive and time-consuming to work with back in the day. But as a “regular” material, Dungeons and Dragons does not have rules for a “special” all-metal haft; that’s just a choice available to the person who makes it.

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Not to mention having a metal haft would probably add a lot of weight, which makes it more impractical historically. – Ze Demon Pyro Feb 23 '14 at 22:00
Short steel hafts would be a possibility - it's more dense, but sturdier so you can make it much thinner than wood. Axes and maces with a steel handle have been made historically, it's only polearms that should be restricted to wood. – Peteris Feb 24 '14 at 0:26
@Peteris Eh, not buying that. True for actual human beings, but actual human beings don’t have nearly the strength or stamina of D&D characters. – KRyan Feb 24 '14 at 1:00
See my answer on the pretty-much-dupe question for some ideas around that. – mxyzplk Feb 24 '14 at 2:41
While uncommon to refer to it as such, "haft" is a synonym for "hilt," even for short-handled weapons such as a short sword or dagger. – Brian S Feb 24 '14 at 14:42

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