Pro Tool Industries 284 Woodman's Pal Series
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- 16 1/2" overall length
- 5" Military style soft leather grip with steel knuckle guard - Cool in summer and warm in winter
- 1/8" thick x 10 1/2" high carbon steel blade hardened to Rockwell C47
- Blade cuts branches and wood up to 1 1/2" in diameter with a single stroke
- The unique sickle hook slices through stubborn vines and briars and removes unwanted sprout growth at ground level
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It cut a little less well than I was hoping. The pamphlet that came with it said, up to 2" in one whack, well maybe I'm not the woodman I need to be to get a green maple branch that thick off in one whack, 3 or four usually. The axe does do it in one whack but if you have too much brush in the way to swing the axe, this tool worked better.
It's now in the trunk with my axe for camping. I had always wanted one of these and I'm glad I bought it. The metal is thick, it did hold it's edge the week it took to cut that mess up. I did buy a DMT FWCX Double Sided Diafold Sharpener Coarse / Extra-Coarse and a DMT DCSFH Diamond Cone Small with Handle for sharpening the hook. A couple of strokes with those diamond stones and the blade was again sharp as new.
I like the knuckle guard but it does prevent you from turning the tool in your hand to use the hook side facing out. But in practice that didn't matter. It is made in the USA at the same factory as they have been using since the '40's. and I'm glad to support that. I also bought the oiled leather sheath to go with it as here in the PNW, wet is the word of the weather. On pricing it seems like you can get it direct from the company for the same price and so I did.
The fact that this is US made using all US parts is icing on the cake. This is a tool that, with proper care, will easily outlive the owner.
I debated getting this model versus the standard, and opted for this mainly because of the hand guard. While that has been nice, the leather grip alone is worth the extra cost of the premium model versus the regular one.
I also opted to save a few bucks and get the nylon sheath rather than the leather one. While I'm sure the leather sheath looks and works great, the nylon one performs just fine. The material is thick and sturdy; there's an interior pouch that holds the sharpening stone; and there's velcro on the side (plus a sturdy metal snap closure on the top) to make it easy to insert/remove the blade. It also has a belt loop if you want to keep the tool at your side at all times.
Speaking of which, if you do use this for zombie attacks, be sure to strike with the hook portion on the side of the head, not the top. A top down strike will get the job done, but there's a strong risk of the blade getting stuck. A side strike makes it much easier to dislodge the blade should you be dealing with a herd. If you're looking for pointers on the Walking Dead, emulate Daryl's methods, not Glenn's.
The genius of the design is in the sickle hook on the back of the blade. It not only cuts quite well itself, but brush and debris can be quickly and (most importantly) safely pulled out and thrown aside in one motion -- without bending over and grappling with your work (all the while holding a sharp blade in one hand if you haven't already dropped it in frustration).
It makes the clearing of brush and saplings almost enjoyable and absolutely faster and safer. Attention to detail is an understatement when referring to the design of the Woodman's Pal. You'll know what I mean when you see one up close. From the blunted safety edges to the inward curve of the main blade to the bevel grind on the sickle edge, this is a "thinking mans" machete. It is very well made and nicely balanced so it's not tiresome to use. The leather-wrapped handle and "cutlass style" hand guard is a nice touch too, but like everything else on this blade, serves a purpose. The leather prevents slippage while the guard protects your hands and knuckles as well as secures the machete in your hand. It looks nice too. If you take it camping with you, don't be surprised if folks at the campground take notice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
got this for a present recently and put it through a workout on a camping trip.
The tools is simple heavy-duty awesomeness! Read more
A bit awkward to use but functions okay. A regular machete would have been better.Published 3 months ago by Gary B
I was first introduced to a Woodman's Pal with the designation LC-14-B in 1971. It worked equally well on bamboo and very thick grass which seemed to be everywhere in the Da Nang... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DonQuixote1952
A bit more expensive than I would have cared to spend but love this product. Very useful across almost any applications in the outdoors/gardening arenaPublished 5 months ago by SteelrCubzFan
Everything it is advertised to be. Indestructible, this can handle everything that I have used it for.Published 7 months ago by Stan Bannister
The best most handiest tool American made ww2 issued zombie ready lol.Published 7 months ago by roberty
Love this product very great. Haven't put it's edge to the test yet but made well looks awesome and love the history behind it.Published 8 months ago by k1702
Let's see..... One of the negative reviews said the hand guard was glued on; mine is part of the tang and pinned
I put it to the test today on some brush/ blackberry... Read more
I used a similar machete as a child growing up on the big island of Hawaii. All of the sugarcane field hands would try different machetes, and this style was by far the most... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer