Is Woodman’s Pal a Machete Axe or Knife?
Woodman’s Pal Review
Whether you’re a home gardener clearing brush in your backyard or outdoor enthusiast blazing a trail through the woods, once you give the Woodman’s Pal tool a swing, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it! The Woodman’s Pal is an axe, hatchet, and machete all in one and is made in America.
Woodman’s Pal History
In fact, in 1941, Frederick Ehrsam, a Swiss National who had settled in Pennsylvania, introduced the Woodman Tool. Professionals in forestry, agriculture, and horticulture quickly recognized it as a historic achievement because before this time, they had relied heavily on machetes for clearing brush and blazing trails. But they sorely needed other tools to thin, trim, chop, and prune. Woodman Pal the the rescue- it combined the the powerful cutting performance and versatility of a machete, axe, and hatchet into just one tool!
Military Survival Machete
This new tool did not go unnoticed by the US Military. The Woodman’s Pal, or “LC-14-B” in military terms, was standard issue from the early part of World War II through Desert Storm. GIs and the US Army Signal Corp. used the Woodman’s Pal for land clearing operations. At the time of the Vietnam War, the Woodman’s Pal was designated the “Survival Tool, Type IV” and was issued in air crew survival kits.
The Woodman’s Pal continues to be praised by each new generation of forest and land managers, surveyors, campers, soldiers, and outdoorsmen. Made of American materials, designed and crafted by American workers in Pennsylvania, the tool made today is virtually identical to the original. Its quality and integrity cannot be achieved easily, inexpensively, or en masse. It is designed to provide a lifetime of service and only the best materials are used. The blade is SAE1075 cold rolled spring steel, hardened to Rockwell C47. A lower-carbon steel would not hold the edge for long, and harder steel, such as SAE1095 used in fine cutlery, can become brittle in cold weather and can crack or chip with heavy use. The handle is shaped from a single piece of American hardwood, cemented and riveted to the tang. The belt-looped sheath is heavily stitched, and rugged.
From the blanking of the steel on the 150-ton press to the hand-lacquering of each handle, there are 23 stages of production. Some of these operations employ machines unlike any others in the world. All stages are done by hand. Edges are precisely rolled resulting in double-convex perfection. The result is a tool that is superbly balanced and feels like an extension rather than a burden to your arm (it’s no accident that its length approximates that of the human forearm from elbow to knuckle).
The Woodman’s Pal Classic, Premium, Premium Junior, and Long Reach models are sold individually, or as sets. Sets include a sheath and honing stone. Choose between leather, cordura or canvas for the sheath. The Woodman’s Pal Nostalgia Collection is perfect for military and American history buffs. The Nostalgia Collection includes a set of 4 reprinted manuals as a reminder of humble beginnings from early 1942 when the US Signal Corp was issued this standard equipment. Each manual provides valuable information on a variety of topics that relate to the Woodman’s Pal and contains the original wording and artwork reprinted from manuals originally printed in 1942. The titles of the manuals are: Care, Use & Sharpening; Living in the Jungle; Survival Tool Kit Airman’s; and Fighting with USA Knife LC-14-B.
Whether you’re trimming and pruning unwanted brush in your backyard, blazing a trail, or building a duck blind, after you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without the Woodman’s Pal. Use it for all outdoor jobs that call for an axe, hatchet, or machete– you get the Wilderness Survival Knife performance of all three in just one tool!
The Original Woodman’s Pal – A Unique Tool Offering Optimum Performance, Effectiveness and Control, Artfully Beautiful In Its Achievement with a Proud History – Made in the USA. Gripped as either an axe or a machete, the Woodman’s Pal can clear trails and brush and perform the tasks of many tools such as machetes, axes, hatchets, trimming saws, pruning scissors, knives, bow saws, Wilderness Survival Knife, and sometimes even chain saws.
With one Woodman’s Pal, you can trim bushes and small trees, prune, clear or blaze trails, clear brush from lines, remove unwanted growth and build shelters or duck blinds. As All-American as you can get, Woodman’s Pal tools are formed from the highest-grade American steel, melded with the best American ash wood.
Enthusiastic Pennsylvania craftsmen do all manufacturing of the Woodman’s Pal. Their precision and attention to detail are proof of their commitment to our USA Pride an motto: Build it once, Build it right. Today, users of the Woodman’s Pal still praise its versatility and effectiveness. The tool is still used by outdoors men and women, from forest managers to gardeners, from hikers an campers to surveyors, from hunters and fishermen to soldiers and from handymen to scouts.
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