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 39 reviews
gary smith (Somerset, Kentucky, United States)

used but once cleaned up another lifetime of use..

Dustin Harkins (Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States)
Bit of wear, but still works like new.

Bought two and only some wear, which I expected. Still sharp, cut my hand open cleaning them up. Same etool I carried for decades in the desert.

Karla Autrey (Arlington, Washington, United States)
Excellent Tool

I moved from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest where snow is prevalent for weeks. We bought two to keep in our emergency bags that stay in the vehicles. I hope I don't have to use mine but if I do, I know I have a quality multi purpose tool to help me get out of any situation. It's compact when not in use and a beast when unfolded and ready to work.

Walter Wilson (Durango, Colorado, United States)
As advertised!

Genuine military entrenching tool, too tough to break!

todd ewing (Asheville, North Carolina, United States)

Exactly as described. Genuine article.

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