Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Cool shovel

Today during lunch I stopped at a local army surplus store to see what was available for folding shovels. The owner of the shop was a very friendly oriental man who spent about 15 minutes telling me about the history of army shovels from WW II through the Vietnam war era. He had a few different styles. I liked an older wooden handle design that was from the Korean war time-period. It included a folding pick as well. The only drawback of it was the wooden handle was not removable, so it was somewhat long when folded. I ended up getting a newer all metal tri-fold design. It's much more compact and slightly lighter than the wooden handle shovel, but it doesn't have a pick head. The store was also selling carrying cases for the shovels, so I picked up one of those as well. Since I'll be using this camping, having the sharp edges of the shovel covered seemed like a good idea. As can be seen in the pictures, the shovel is a little bit rusty on the edges, but what do you expect for a used army shovel?


Anonymous said...

Who are you burying?

Mostly Torn said...

Heh... that's pretty funny!

But just in case anyone is wondering... those are RUST stains on the shovel, not blood stains! And no, I'm not burying any bodies.