The Wooden Plank is the first weapon James Sunderland obtains in Silent Hill 2. It is found in the archway at the end of Vachss Road, acquired by James automatically in order to confront a Lying Figure.
It is the weakest weapon in the game; its reach is limited, and it only causes a small amount of damage against monsters. However, it is a quick weapon and can be relied upon to dispatch most monsters until James finds the pipe. It is the only one-handed weapon in the game and as such, James can swing it much faster than any other melee weapon.
Some have speculated that James's one-handed wielding is a glitch; however, it is more likely that it was intended by game developers. While wielding it and using auto target (PC), James will enter a wild swinging frenzy that dispatches most foes with ease. It is this characteristic that makes the wooden plank one of the most useful weapons, despite its low damage.
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
The wooden plank also exists in Silent Hill: Book of Memories, renamed to "Wood Plank". It is one of the weaker weapons in the game and will break easily.