Woodsman's Pal #145
Woodsman's Pal #145
Page Type: Gear Review
Object Title: Woodsman's Pal #145
Manufacturer: Pro Tools Industries Inc.
Created/Edited: Jan 5, 2008 / Jan 5, 2008
Object ID: 4511
#145 Woodman's Pal® with Hardwood Handle
Lighter weight provides for the added control and blade speed needed for slashing through leafy, springy vegetation. Longer handle provides increased leverage to maintain the traditional chopping power of heavier models.
Weight: 14 oz. Length: 22.0"
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.
The Crafting of the Woodman's Pal®
Today's Woodman's Pal® is virtually identical to the original. Its quality and integrity cannot be achieved easily, inexpensively, or en masse. 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.
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. We not only understand our craftsmen's concern and accept it as another necessary expense toward the finest tool possible; we wouldn't have it any other way.
1. The specially annealed, 1/8" thick, high carbon steel blade (hardened
to Rockwell C47) will not crack or chip even in sub-zero temperatures.
2. The concave axe blade is convex ground for extreme strength and offers
superior edge holding capabilities. The blade will cut wood up to 1
1/2" in diameter with a single stroke.
3. The chisel sharp sickle hook slices through stubborn vines and briers,
and removes unwanted sprout growth at ground level.
4. The line of balance runs precisely from the grip through the sickle
edge creating a natural momentum for efficient, accurate, and
comfortable swinging motion.
5. Resin bonded fluorocarbon coating prevents corrosion.
6. The safety toe extending one inch up the axe side of the tool reduces
risk of deflective injuries.
Additonal DescriptionsOnce 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®.
When you use the Woodman's Pal®, you will know how an edge tool could be worth it all.
Handcrafted in Pennsylvania with all American made raw materials.
Unsurpassed quality since 1941.
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