Thought to have been developed in the early 1900's by Edward Pulaski, a legendary Forest Service Ranger in Idaho.It is said that in August, 1910 his presence saved the lives of 45 men during a difficult time in a disasterous wildfire. The tool that bears his name may have been a direct result of the disaster, as he saw the need for better firefighting tools.
Pulaski is credited with combining a traditional single bit axe blade on one end and a mattock blade for digging or grubbing on the other end.
- Forged steel head. Made in USA.
- Hand sharpened, single bit edge and mattock blade.
- Body coated with red enamel and the cutting edges in clear lacquer to deter rust.
- 36" Hickory or Fiberglass handle.
- Traditional double bit shape. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening.
- Axe head is joined to the fiberglass handle with a strong resilient epoxy, forming a chemical and mechanical bond.
- Axe head is hydraulically seated onto hickory handle and secured with a serrated aluminum wedge. The serrated shape improves bite and the aluminum material is strong, lightweight and does not change size with moisture content.
- Heat treated working ends produce fine grain structure and RC 45-55 (Rockwell Hardness Value) for safety, edge holding and toughness.
- The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond.
- Approximately 1/2" of the overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.
Ratings & Reviews
Handle Snapped on the 5th Day of Use
I used the axe to clear Arundo Donax, to excellent effect. But on the fifth day the handle snapped off at the head as I pulled the tool from the cut. It snapped off so easily it reminded me of balsa wood.
Better than most
Pulaski's are not readily available here is the western US which is weird because the design is so practical. My dad has had one for years but I could never find one until coming here. I've had this one about 18 months and have no complaints. The handle dried out in the first few months but a little sanding and a coat of linseed oil and it looks better than new. I use it for clearing brush and chopping roots out. So far have not had to really test the handle but have sharpened the blade twice. Only potential negative I see is the transition from the axe to the the digging side is twisted - as in the head was stamped out of flat stock and the digging side was then twisted to 90 degrees while hot. Seems like that could fail under a lot of stress.
The tool is fine, just has the same features as most modern hand tools, heavy and clunky compared to older counterparts, obviously made by people who have never used one all day. My main complaint is that I ordered and paid for the included sheath for both and didn't get either.
"this looks like a fiberglass handle but is described as a wood handle"
There are 2 pictures,1 shows a Red Hear blade with a F/G yellow handle the 2nd picture shows a Black Head blade with a WOOD Hickory handle, the black also has FSS stamped into it that verifies it was made to Forest Service specification 5100-355D Axe head is hydraulically seated onto hickory handle and secured with a serrated aluminum wedge. The serrated shape improves bite and the aluminum material is strong, lightweight and does not change size with moisture content.
"Hello, I would like to buy this item however I would like the black one. There seams to be no option to add it only the red one can be added to cart. Just request some info on how to order black version."
We don't carry the black version any longer. I will have the image removed from the website. Thanks
"I see only one picture of a red pulaski head on fiberglass handle. There is no ordering option for wood or fiber?????"
Lyle, our web page gives you the part numbers for the fiberglass handles with or without sheaths, we do have this also with a Hickory handle, in a red, and with or without sheaths. We will fix the web page to reflect both options. If your are looking for the hickory handles here are the part numbers of which we have in stock at our Hq. warehouse. 38PE136 W/O sheath $54.99 38PE1S36 W/ sheath $68.99
"The description mentions the black head being marked ""FSS"" but the ordering fields don't all it, only the red head. Can the black, ""FSS"" marked and spec tool be ordered?"
Russ, the black model has been discontinued by the manufacturer, and we haven't changed our web site to show that, I will have that corrected today, sorry about the confusion this might have caused you.
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