WORLD WAR II FIGHTING AXE IN CANVAS CASE

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The Woodman's Pal was developed by Frederick Ehrsam in 1941, and quickly established itself commercially as a superior tool for the forest or jungle. During World War II the tool was issued to Signal Corps and other soldiers under the nomenclature "Knife LC-14-B" for brush clearing or as a survival tool. It came with a cotton sheath/bag that had a zipper down one side, a strap at the closure and an M1910 hook at top. Using the hook, the LC-14-B could be attached to a pistol belt or other attachment point equipped with the hanger grommets. The back of the case has a short strap with snaps to aid in tying the case down.

In addition to the tool itself, originally two booklets and a sharpening stone were issued in the bag. Booklets were titled: Care, Use and Sharpening of Knife LC-14-B (Orange cover) and Fighting with Knife LC-14-B (Blue cover). The sharpening stone remains in the interior pocket, and the blue covered booklet is also included.

The LC-14-B Woodman's Pal survival axe was originally a tool for forestry or agriculture, but quickly earned a place as an outstanding military implement. The well designed and balanced blade was first procured in World War II. The LC-14-B Woodman's Pal served through the Vietnam War and is still part of the military inventory of edged tools in the 21st Century.

The LC-14-B was manufactured for the Army by Victor Tool Co. of Reading, PA. The parkerized blade measures 12” long x 5 1/8” inches at its widest point x 16 5/8 inches overall length. The handle is made of stacked leather washers with a steel hand guard painted black. The blade is stamped, “WOODMAN’S PAL / 280 / TRADE MARK PAT APPL’D FOR VICTORY TOOL CO. READING, PA”. The handguard is stamped on the back "LC-14-B." The case is marked on the inside with "LC-14-B" and the manufacturer information.

Blade edge has very tiny chips on the edge. Light spotting and surface rust is present in areas. Case has smudges and light surface dirt, with one small hole on the edge. Stitching is all tight.  [sm]

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