Woodman’s Pal…now you know…
fresnel149 said: I’ve never understood what that hook is for or how you use it. Care to explain?
The hook is for minor clearing and cleaning of branches or even to cut bundles of grass/vines etc, like a sickle does to wheat. Why use the hook when you have larger edged surfaces? Usually to keep the heavy duty cutting parts as sharp as possible and not wear them down over and over.
dotcomslashpost’s response is also valid, it just depends on the scenario, user, environment.