284 Premium Model Woodman’s Pal did not and still does not go unnoticed by the U.S. Military. The LC-14-B engraved on the knuckle guard was the official designation of a complete unit consisting of the 284 tool, the military spec. olive green canvas sheath, the two-grit round honing stone, and reprinted 1942 manuals. This set was standard issued from the early part of World War II through Desert Storm. G.I.’s and the U.S. 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. True vintage military design. Standard issue for the Signal Corps during World War II. The branch insignia contains two signal flags, with a center staff with flaming torch. The flags and the torch are symbolic of signaling or communications. The Latin words “Pro Patria Vigilans” means “Vigilance for Country”.
- Model #284 Premium Military Style
- Green Canvas Sheath, Item #310-2, Heavyweight canvas with a zippered closure and two interior pockets.
- 16 ½” 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 giving it strength for cutting, keeping its edge and also flexibility in cold weather.
Blade cuts branches and wood up to 1 ½” in diameter with a single stroke. The unique sickle hook slices through stubborn vines and briars and removes unwanted sprout growth at ground level.
- The Manuals, Item #240:
- Original 1942 manual reprints.
- Accompanied each Woodman’s Pal 284 during the 1940’s in combat.
- Each manual provides valuable information on a variety of topics and contain the wording and artwork from the original manuals printed.
- They include: Care, Use & Sharpening; Living in the Jungle: Survival Tool Kit Airman’s; and Fighting with USA Knife LC-14-B.
Round two-grit honing stone, Item #220:
- Electro-Silicon carbide, designed to put a sharp edge to the Woodman’s Pal ® quickly.
- Furnace fused, it cuts fastest when dripping wet with water, smoothest when used with light oil.
- Use the one side to grind and shape damaged edges, and the other to hone and “finish” the edges.
- Prevent glazing of the stone by flushing off steel shavings while honing.
Nostalgia Set w/1942 Manuals Reprint