Original U.S. WWII LC-14-B Woodman's Pal Survival Axe Set by Victor Tool with Manuals & Whetstone
Original Item: Only One Available. 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, and was useful for brush clearing, construction, camouflage, and a multitude of other listed uses. 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. This example is in very good condition, and is still relatively sharp! THere is however light surface rust on a good portion of the blade, showing it was exposed to water, most likely in the field. The stacked leather handle is intact, and in good shape, with some wear.
The blade itself is faintly marked:
TRADE MARK - PAT. APPL'D FOR
VICTOR TOOL CO. - READING, PA.
It is further marked on the outside of the handguard with LC-14-B. The absence of a patent number on the blade indicates production before 11-30-1943, when the patent was approved. The belt scabbard is also marked on the interior, though part of the marking is obscured by dirt and rust stains:
LC - 14 - B
U.S. PAT. 133851 MFG. BY
VICTOR TOOL COMPANY
The scabbard is fully functional, with all snaps and the zipper still intact, and is quite nice. It does however have some visible rust stains from water exposure, when the axe was in contact with the outside.The zipper is intact and functional. The double-sided round whetstone is included in the correct pocket, however it is slightly worn on both sides, so the logo is no longer visible. The other interior pocket still contains two small manuals: CARE, USE AND SHARPENING OF KNIFE LC-14-B, and FIGHTING WITH U.S.A. KNIFE LC-14-B (THE WOODMAN'S PAL), both written by Frederick Ehrsam, C.E., and copyrighted 1942. Both booklets are in good shape, but do show exposure to water, which has caused the stapled spine to rust. The show some wear, so this is a tool set that was used.
Overall this is a great chance to own a classic survival tool from WWII, complete with the original accessories. Ready to display!
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