Finnish E-tool, WW2 model, surplus
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!
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.
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does not recommend
Jonathan M. 23.06.2016 (Edited 25.07.2016)
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.
juha s. 27.01.2017
Gary S. 06.03.2017
Janne V. 09.09.2017
Pol D. 08.11.2017
Evan S. 02.12.2017
Otto B. 20.12.2017
Adam T. 10.01.2018
Tyler G. 12.01.2018
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.
Steve M. 02.02.2018
Mark W. 17.04.2018
Chase W. 30.04.2018 (Edited 30.04.2018)
Trevor W. 18.05.2018 (Edited 18.05.2018)
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
Thomas W. 25.12.2018 (Edited 25.12.2018)
Simo H. 25.01.2019