sadly, you're wrong. it wasn't in oblivion it is only in skyrim. people can say it wasn't a reference to and minecraft but how do you make a pickaxe and name it notched pickaxe without thinking of minecraft? i rest my case.
I'm going to throw wild speculation into the wind:
The Notched Pickaxe represents a great game creation that almost made it to the top in the world but just fell short at BAFTA.
i.e. Your game is good, Notch, but not quite the best this year.
the value should be 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 because of notch has charmed it
I have thoroughly played morrowind and oblivion, as well as used their construction sets.
THERE IS NO NOTCHED PICKAXE IN MORROIND OR OBLIVION, ANYONE CLAIMING OTHERWISE IS MISINFORMED AND/OR LYING
Onto why it is indeed an easter eggs/
What easter eggs gotta be: out of place things that reference other things.
The notched pickaxe is at the top of the throat of the world, a very important mountain,
home of the greybeards among other things.
It is higher past where you would normally go, you have to look to find it.
It is embedded into some rock, near valuable ore deposits.
It is one of a kind.
It has a unique enchantment to fortify smithing and lightning on weapons.
smithing=create your own items
mineCRAFT = you craft all your own items
Bethesda is a huge fan of adding in easter eggs. they are countless.
The people who made Skyrim never sued Notch, their parent company did.
Think of it this way, George lucas won't sue someone, but lucasarts would.
Guys who made skyrim are fans of minecraft.
Notched does indeed mean different things.
But if this was a coincidence? why is it the only thing of its kind, in a out of the way place, on a special mountain, with valuable ores nearby, with an enchantment that lets you make better things.
There you all have it, overwhelming evidence as to why this IS an easter egg.
There has been absolutely no evidence to the contrary.
Just mindless people who had dead thrall cast on them and were told to go around saying "durrr herrr.... i never played morrowind or oblivion derrrr.... i read that this was in them duhhh... it must be true! i'll go around saying it durr..."
first off, won't kill ya to read
it's an easter egg, wasn't in any other elder scrolls game, the guys who made skyrim never sued notch, their publishers did