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Woodman's Pal

An American icon since 1941—The story of the Woodman’s Pal begins eight decades ago, when Frederick Ehrsam settled in Pennsylvania in the 1930s. The Swiss National was 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, he 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 continues to be handcrafted right here in Pennsylvania with only the finest American-made raw materials. This tool is still praised by each new generation of forest and land managers, state and US Forestry departments, surveyors, campers, hikers, hunters, soldiers, handymen, scouts, fishermen, gardeners, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.