Go ahead- hold the Woodman's Pal in your hand and give it a swing, you'll wonder how you ever did without it! Whether for blazing trails, building a duck blind, trimming, pruning, or removing unwanted brush- you name it, the Woodman's Pal will do it with the powerful cutting performance of an axe and machete rolled into just one tool! Does NOT include sheath and sharpening stone.
Light-weight (23 ounces), compact (10.5" long; 16.5" overall with 6" ash wood grip), and superbly balanced, the Woodman's Pal is 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.) Never will you use a tool of higher quality with more comfort than the Woodman's Pal!
Special features of the Woodman's Pal:
* The specially annealed high carbon steel blade (hardened to Rockwell C47+-2) will not crack or chip even in sub-zero temperatures.
* The concave axe blade is flat V ground for extreme strength and offers superior edge holding capabilities.
* The blade will cut wood up to 1.5" in diameter with a single stroke.
* The chisel sharp sickle hook slices through stubborn vines and briers, and removes unwanted sprout growth at ground level.
* The line of balance runs precisely from the grip through the sickle edge creating a natural momentum for efficient, accurate, and comfortable swinging motion.
* Black powder coating prevents rust and corrosion.
* The safety toe extending one inch up the axe side of the tool reduces risk of deflective injuries.
* Nylon wrist strap allows for quick dropping and retrieval when necessary.
* Lifetime warranty from the manufacturer
Made of American materials, designed and crafted by American workers, the Woodman's Pal is a 100% USA product that provides a lifetime of service and comes with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty. Use the Woodman's Pal for all outdoor jobs that call for an axe or machete- you get the powerful cutting performance of both in just one tool!
The History of the Woodman's Pal:
Frederick Ehrsam was not only an expert on edge tools used throughout the world, by the time he settled in Pennsylvania in the 1930s, the Swiss National was also an experienced architect, artist, engineer, manufacturer, and woodsman.
Over the next ten years, all these skills would go into the creation of a tool that would eventually influence modern forest and land management.
Professionals in the forest and field relied heavily on the machete for clearing brush and blazing trails. Other tools were also needed to thin, trim, chop, and prune.
Frederick Ehrsam saw the need for a single implement that could not only perform the task of each as well or better, but could eliminate drawbacks like awkward weight or bulk, lack of balance or versatility, and designs unsafe for the inexperienced user.
In 1941, Frederick Ehrsam introduced the Woodman's Pal. Professionals in forestry, agriculture, and horticulture quickly recognized it as a historic achievement.
This new tool did not go unnoticed by the US Military. The Woodman's Pal or "LC-14-B" in military terms, standard issue from the early part of World War II through Desert Storm. G.I.'s and the US Army Signal Corp. relied heavily on 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 aircrew survival kits.
Today, the Woodman's Pal is still praised by each new generation of forest and land managers, surveyors, campers, soldiers, and outdoorsmen.
The Crafting of the Woodman's Pal:
Today's Woodman's Pal is virtually identical to the original specs from 1941. Its quality and integrity cannot be achieved easily, inexpensively, or en masse. Outdoorsmen wouldn't want it any other way and neither does the second generation, family-owned manufacturer. Only the best materials are used. And all are treated with respect. The blade is SAE1075 cold rolled spring steel, hardened to Rockwell C47. A lower-carbon steel would not hold the edge for long. Harder steel (like 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. Edges are precisely rolled resulting in double-convex perfection.
From the blanking of the steel on the 150-ton press to the hand-lacquering of each handle, 23 stages of production ensure you'll have the best tool for blazing trails in the wilderness or clearing brush in your backyard! A great tool at a great price!