Entrenching tools


So my authentic 1965 Westen Bundeswehr Klappspaten (West German Army folding spade) has arrived. I’ve laid it next to it’s contemporary clone, courtesy of Mil-Tec and some poor Chinese slob. Came with the original leather sheath (assuming the buckles are aluminum given the zero corrosion). Aside from a bunch of scuffs from traveling and storage, this 52 year old antique is in phenomenal shape. The fit is noticeably better than the Mil-Tec clone. Much less play and rattle. Looks to be held on the haft by friction and or glue as I can’t see any bolts. That’s one thing the Mil-Tec shovel has over the original, as its riveted to the haft. Opening, closing and adjusting actions are smooth and sweet. In the pictures, the original is on the left. Think I’ll shelve the clone and give the antique a place in my outdoor gear rotation.


“Three day supply of K-rations, chocolate bars, Charms candy, powdered coffee, sugar, matches, compass, bayonet, entrenching tool, ammunition, gas mask, musette bag with ammo, my weapon, my .45, canteen, two cartons of smokes, Hawkins mine, two grenades, smoke grenade, Gammon grenade, TNT, this bullsh*t, and a pair of nasty skivvies!”

( Band of Brothers!Star Wars aesthetics… 6/? )