Military Entrenching Tool


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This hand shovel is great for a variety of activities, from hunting to gardening. The hardened steel is rugged and not easily dented. It can be used, fully extended, as a shovel, or locked at 90°, and used as a pick.

  • 100% Hardened Steel
  • D-type hand grip
  • One serrated cutting blade edge; one axe blade
  • 23" x 6" x 2" When Fully Open
  • 9" x 6" x 2" When Folded/Collapsed
  • Matte Black
  • Genuine Issue
  • NSN: 5120-00-878-5932
    • Replaced by NSN 5120-01-476-7556
  • Mil-Spec: MIL-I-43684A
  • Made in the USA by Ames Co.

The tri-fold e-tool shovel is an invaluable military, outdoors and safety tool. Besides the obvious use as a standard digging shovel, the blade locks into a 90º position for easy use as a hoe. There is a locking nut on the bottom to lock the shovel with the blade either flat, or in the bent position. The blade is sharp on one side for small chopping jobs, and serrated on the other for sawing use.
In military use, this shovel can actually be used in close quarters combat. The shovel is sturdy and strong enough that the sharpened blade can be used as an incredibly lethal weapon. During the Second World War, the shovels were used this way between the German and Soviet soldiers, actually more often than digging. 
This rugged tough shovel is a genuine issue US Military item, made in the USA by Ames. It is made from hardened steel, and is not easily dented or damaged. It is 23 inches when fully extended, but folds down to 9 inches by 6 inches to carry easily, and weighs only about 2.5 lbs. It matches the military specification MIL-I-43684A. It is stamped on the side of the handle with "U.S.A" "Ames" and the two digit year of manufacture.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 50 reviews
Wild Bill (Staten Island, New York, United States)
Awesome Shovel

Don’t hesitate buying. Mine came in great condition. I wiped it down with WD-40 to clean it up and lubricate it. Gonna be my emergency shovel in my car plus I’ll use around the property. Another fine military surplus buy from a great company

Ian Kirsch (Canton, Ohio, United States)
affordable. Luxury

Cover works great!

John K. (Smyrna, Tennessee, United States)
Military Entrenching Tool E-Tool

The E-tool arrived quickly. Buying a used item, it showed little wear and was cleaned and refurbished close to new. Great item to have in your vehicle. I recently used mine to free a car that drove into a ditch.

David Buffum (Holden, Maine, United States)
solid shovel

They are a bit small compared to a regular shovel, but that's not what they are intended to be.
Their small size when folded means you can stash one under your seat in the car.
They are VERY sturdy(held up well to digging in rocky soil) and aside from some surface rust(used grade) they are in tip top shape.
FYI they make a useful Christmas gift(ok maybe spring for the unused ones :) ).

William Taylor (Leland, North Carolina, United States)
Entrenching Tool

Works great, especially in tight crawl spaces. [ 5 stars]

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