Finnish E-tool, WW2 model, surplus

Finnish E-tool, WW2 model, surplus

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Genuine Finnish Army spade. Like most Finnish stuff this tool looks rough, but is virtually indestructible. The oldest ones we've seen were made in 1914! These are pieces of history and continue to serve for a long time to come.

This spade or "E-tool" was used in both world wars and long after the second one, too. Many of these feature manufacturing stamps, and some of them date even a hundred years back! Most of these were made by Billnäs Bruk.

In some cases these have Soviet manufactured blades, which have been re-shaped to Finnish spec and attached to a Finnish handle. In any case these are Finnish army surplus: virtually indestructible and crude.

Length about 70 cm, weight 2,8 kg.

Used military surplus

These have all seen heavy digging, the paint is worn off and the wood bits are worn. But these are made to last, all are still in perfectly serviceable condition! Expect having to remove some rust with oil and steel wool.

It's a small miracle that these are still as available as they are, but that's bound to change pretty soon. Get a piece of history while you have the chance!

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A really sturdy and eternal spade with lots of uses. Quite often army spades are small, but this is bigger - for an army spade - and could also be used for shoveling.

I always keep one in my car, because you never know when you might need it. A bit heavy for hiking, but perfect to have handy in a car, on a boat or summer cottage. In case some hooligans have to be fended off, you'll be ready.

Eric
Eric

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I would not recommend to a friend

23.06.2016 (Edited 25.07.2016)

I've now received two of these, with about a year or so between ordering each one.

The main metal blade is ok, good & strong & built to last. Great metalwork & lots of unique markings.

The reason I ordered a 2nd E-tool was due to the condition of the wooden shaft on the first one, as I wanted one I could USE for WW2 events, if the need arose.

It is a BIG pity that both the E-tools I received were suffering from small splits in their wooden shafts, as otherwise they would have been an excellent value-for-money daily use item. As it is, they are great as display items & represent an iconic piece of Finnish WW2 history.



The service from the shop has also been above excellent on all my orders: 5 out of 5 for customer service; 4 out of 5 for the E-tools.
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I would recommend for a friend

27.01.2017

Paras autolapio mitä maa päällään kantaa, tällä saa jäisestä hiekkakasasta hiekkaa, paukuttaa jääklönttejä tallin oven edestä ja kaivaa nurmikkoon uponneelle ooppelille rännin jota myöden päästään taas kestopäällysteelle. Kaiken se kestää ja kaikkeen se pystyy, kunhan muistaa kuivata ja öljytä.
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06.03.2017

Yes, it's heavy, yes it's big. Man up commie! Mine is 100% usable and has dug me into out of a few.
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09.09.2017

Melkonen kaivinkone tämä lapio. Eipä nyky pilapali komposiitit pärjää tälle.
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08.11.2017

Just what I was looking for, a usefull tool perfect in size and in great shape. Will give the edges a quick grind....just in case something needs some persuading ... .
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02.12.2017

Very solid for how old these are and mine had some battle scars and the handle was a little rattly but still firmly attached. After some cleaning yours will look much nicer and do good to keep in your trunk.
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20.12.2017

I got two of these. Both are really nice. They've seen use, and it shows, but you get good quality for the money.
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10.01.2018

Very robust and excellent quality! The one I got even had a pair of initials carved into it.
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12.01.2018

I got two, both with with the wood painted green. They each had completely different designs for the blade.

One seemed to be the blade of a much larger shovel which was cut down to be smaller, meaning tip of the blade is ~3cm away from the axis of the shovel handle. I think because the Finnish government ordered shovels from some farming equipment makers, and the factory simply cut down their old stock of shovel blades to make them into Finnish army spec, and added a shortened handle. One blade is dated 1936, and the other is illegible. The blades are painted gloss black. Seems fine with not much rust, no need to repaint them any time soon.

One of them had 4 notches carved into it's handle. I don't think I really want to know what they symbolize.
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02.02.2018

Couldn't wish for a better shovel. Mine came with lots of "interesting" initials and markings on the wood. Also had been very well hand sharpened for some reason. You Finnish confuse me...An excellent piece of kit. Actually essential. I haven't tried cooking on it yet, but I will.
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17.04.2018

The shovel I received is exactly like the one pictured! It is a bit rough, but built to last 100 years! The shovel wood has some old initials carved into it, the handle is bent a little bit, and the blade had three colors of paint: Orange, Green and Black Tar Paint. Beautiful and wonderful! Get one while you can!
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30.04.2018 (Edited 30.04.2018)

This shovel is a tank. If all your wrists do is lift frappechinos, do not buy this. This shovel epitomizes "stronk". Mine was in excellent condition, with a generous application of cosmoline. Weight is 3.5lb, and the blade is about .100" thick (2.5mm). It had been sharpened at some point, then seemingly used to entrench a boulder field. The blade was slightly bent, and the handle a little rattly, but like most Soviet era surplus, this is remedied with a suitably sized hammer. Upon resharpening, it proved suitable for digging in frozen clay, pounding garden stakes, and chopping down small trees. I suspect it would also be suitable for subduing home invaders, will require further testing. 10/10 great addition to the trunk of your car.
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18.05.2018 (Edited 18.05.2018)

It's a badass shovel. I have been using mine for a few months now. Unbreakable. Hacked a dick of a holly bush apart with it and I got worn out long before the shovel ever struggled. Just as useful today as it was in 1939.

Condition of the blade is: well used. Can't imagine what you Finns did to the poor thing to ding it up this much but it's ready for more of whatever it was. 10/10
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25.12.2018 (Edited 25.12.2018)

Bloody nice shovel! Got it for Christmas, and I'm hoping it'll come in handy during the snow season in January. Got a nice sturdy handle, and a solid shovel head. Got it strapped to my East German pack and I'd recommend it.
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25.01.2019

Upea peli, harmikseni taisin saada naapurinmallin. Mutta uskoisin että silläkin sua maata kuritettua.
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