Woodman's Pal: Woodman's Pal Tools for Outdoorsmen, Made in the USA
The Woodman's Pal®, designed by Frederick Ehrsam and introduced in 1941, is a compact tool for the outdoorsman that cuts like an axe and handles like a machete. The Woodman's Pal® features a fixed blade made of tempered high carbon manganese steel, 1/8" thick, with a Rockwell hardness of 47. The blade has a non reflective black oxide coat for rust and corrosion resistance, a primary edge that can cut wood up to 1 1/2" diameter with a single stroke, and a unique sickle hook for clearing vines, briars and unwanted growth at ground level.
From the Woodman's Pal® website: "Once you hold the Woodman's Pal® in your hand you'll wonder how you ever did without it. Whether you want to trim, prune, blaze trails, brush out lines, remove unwanted growth or build hunting blinds - you name it, the Woodman's Pal® will do it.
Designed by Americans, made of American materials and crafted with 23 meticulous hand operations by Pennsylvania workers, the Woodman's Pal® is a 100% USA product which will give you a lifetime of service.
Light in weight, compact, 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®.
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 1930's, the Swiss National was also an experienced architect, artist, engineer, manufacturer, and woodsman.
Over the next ten years, all these skills would be used in 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, was 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 air crew survival kits.
Today, the Woodman's Pal® is still praised by each new generation of forest and land managers, surveyors, campers, soldiers, and outdoorsmen."