Here it is folks, an original military surplus German tri-fold shovel – built to exact NATO specifications. These shovels are manufactured entirely from steel, giving them a solid, durable construction that will last for years to come. Each shovel is in very good condition, though they may show some signs of usage. Weighing in at an extremely manageable 2.5 pounds, these shovels fold in three different places. At a full extension, the shovel measures approximately 23 inches long and 6 inches wide. However, when folded, the shovel measures an astonishing 9 inches long and 6 inches wide, which provides for easy storage in just about any location.
The blade can be locked straight out at 180 degrees to be used as a shovel or it can be locked at 90 degrees and used as a pick. To lock the blade, simply unfold the shovel to the desired angle and twist the rotating cylinder located on the handle. This will lock both the blade and the handle in place. Additionally, two of the four edges are serrated and can be used for sawing-like motions.
As noted, each shovel comes with a rubber olive drab carrying case, or “e-tool” pouch. The pouch is constructed using heavy-duty, plasticized rubber, which does well to protect the shovel when not in use. The pouch is designed to carry the shovel in its folded state and measures just less than 10 inches by 7 inches. It also features dual A.L.I.C.E. (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment) clips to attach the pouch to a belt.
Let’s shift to authenticity for a moment. Some stores sell tri-fold shovels that they claim are German military items. However, when they arrive they have a big manufacturer sticker that proves otherwise. You can rest assured that these German tri-fold shovels are original German military surplus items due to the “BUND” stamp located on the handle – indicating that they were indeed used by the Bundeswehr, or German Armed Forces.
The practicality of the German tri-fold shovel is obvious. Its compact size makes it an ideal addition to any survival pack or winter weather preparedness kit. If forecasters are calling for snow, toss it in your trunk and be prepared. You may also consider it for:
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Entrenching tools are known to have existed as early as Julius Caesar and the Roman Legion and were prevalent throughout the Napoleonic Wars, where siege operations were commonplace. During World War I, entrenching tools began to take on their more modern design as trench warfare rose to prominence.
Today, entrenching tools are produced with much more sophisticated designs as compared to their predecessors. Many components have been modified including the handles and folding design. Several have been fitted with picks or bayonets and are often used as weapons. Many units are even trained in combat with their entrenching tool.