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Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus
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Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus

Price 39.99 USD 49.99 USD excluding sales tax

A wood-shafted e-tool from the Russian empire. At least some of these were made during WWI, some might be a bit younger but old in any case. A magnificent piece of war history but absolutely shitty for digging for anything but holes in your psyche.

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Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus. Shovel the Terrible.
Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus. Oh Lord have mercy on the one that diggeth anything with this ye olde tool.
Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus. Short and stubby. Perfect for a gnome,
Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus. There are two kinds of people, my friend. Those with Russian Field Spades and those who don't dig. You won't dig much more with this either,
Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus. Some of these show the manufacturing year but many don't anymore,
Russian Field Spade, Straight, WW1 Model, Surplus. These can differ to some extent. However, most have a short unpainted shaft with the knob.

A wood-shafted e-tool from the Russian empire. At least some of these were made during WWI, some might be a bit younger but old in any case. A magnificent piece of war history but absolutely shitty for digging for anything but holes in your psyche.

We ordered Austro-Hungarian spades but some Russian spades from the same era ended up amongst the batch. They are quite similar, but they have Cyrillic scribblings on the blade. The ones that we have left seem to be all Russian, so that's why the modified text. In case you happened to get a Russian one and don't want it, please contact our customer service..

Features

At least some of these are over a hundred years old. The manufacturing year isn’t visible on all of them anymore, so we cannot verify that every one of these is. Some of these show that they were manufactured in 1915. But there can be a bit younger shovels here as well.

This is a simple straight-shafted entrenching tool, the length of which can vary between c. 51-61 cm (20”-24”) because some have a longer shaft replaced by a user. These look quite a bit like the German WWII e-tool. A smart person would have put a handle on the shaft but these have a dildoesque lump instead. Some might come without the knob, and some shafts have been painted green for a camouflage effect. However, most of these have the unpainted short knobby shaft, so you will most likely get that.

The blade has a flat edge, a bit like on snow shovels. Some blades have sharpened sides, some don’t.

Use

If your philosophy of life is all about modern efficiency, this e-tool is as useful for you as a bikini on a hippo. The shaft is short as hell, the ergonomics infernally crappy, and the flat edge can only easily dig holes in your soul. But traditional bushcrafters and reenactors don’t care about modern decadence. Their joy stems from overcoming difficulties. And it is quite hard to get more difficult than this.

Condition

Used Russian military surplus. For their age, these are in good condition. But since these are old, used, and possibly seen a war or two, they do have lots of signs of use. The blade can be scratched, dented, rusted, and dirty. The shaft can be stained, scratched, and full of initials or lewd messages by the previous owners. But they are intact and they work. And if you clean the rust and gunk, they will be quite nice.

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Austrian surplus

Functional, neutral, clean. That's what the Austrian Bundesheer gear is made of. Our Austrian surplus revolves mostly around the Anzug 75 and Anzug 03 clothing systems, but who knows, maybe the "Tarnanzug Neu" will make it's appearance if the Austrians decide to clear the stocks in the future. Get your OD gear while the stocks last.

After the Second World War the Austrian soldier looked like a weird mixture of Allies and Germans; the M1 style helmet and general profile really tried to bring that NATO vibe up, but a lot of the gear and even the dotted camouflage pattern looked surprisingly much like WW2 German issue. In the 70s they took a major leap towards NATO with the introduction of the all-green Anzug 75 clothing and equipment system closely inspired by the American equivalents, finally letting go of the "old stuff". The Anzug 03 brought the game up to date with some changes in effort to modernize the whole thing. Now the Bundesheer is again moving over to camouflage.

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18.08.2022 Verified purchase
Exactly as was described. An ancient, dirty shovel with the most mysterious of dark, tacky substances on it, accrued over the last century. Is it a bit dirty? Yes. Is it pretty useless? Also yes, unless you are digging in boggy soup. Is it really damn cool? Definitely yes.
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07.10.2022 Verified purchase
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Ordered when was listed as an Austro-Hungarian but received a Russian one, condition is well used but serviceable. The shaft/handle is still fairly sturdy and shows heavy use and engraved on one side and painted a hideous shade of green.

Having recently cleaned up the business end found its originally from 1915, the date stamp having been hidden under the black gunky paint unlike the other markings, and certainly looks like its seen some heavy service in its time, the edges looking like it doubled up as an axe as well as its intended purpose of shovelling.
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