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Note: The E-Tool shown above is an image of the Military Issue E-Tool in Very Good condition. The product will not appear in this same condition if another category is chosen. See below category descriptions for details.
The Ames/Northrop Grumman USGI, Military Surplus, Entrenching Tool is a heavy duty, low tech piece of high quality survival gear. It can be used for purposes ranging from building a survival shelter, digging a survival hole, fighting off wild animals to digging yourself out of a snowbound situation. Heck, as a Boy Scout, I even cooked hamburgers on an Entrenching Tool like the Gerber Military Issue E-Tool during my wilderness survival merit badge.
A shovel, or entrenching tool, is a valuable piece of survival gear. If you follow survival theories geared toward wilderness survival, you will find countless ways to fend off the cold, snow and wind with the use of a shovel. One most often talked about is simply being able to dig a hole that will get you below ground level, out of the wind. There are many other uses, all of which can save your life.
This USGI Military Surplus E-Tool has an NSN of 5120-00-878-5932, issued to Northrop Grumman. It includes serration on the blade edges and includes a Heavy Duty Steel Blade. This Genuine Military Issue Entrenching Tool can be locked into a 90 degree configuration to use as a hoe or pick. Because of the versatility of this Army Shovel, or Entrenching Tool, it can be used as a saw, axe, pick, hoe and shovel.
USGI Entrenching Tool
Overall Length: Approx. 23"
Weight: Approx. 2.7 lbs
Blade Composition: Heavy Duty Steel
Handle Composition: Aluminum (very strong)
Our Military Issue Entrenching Tools, or E-Tools, are divided into three categories: New/Like New, Very Good and Used. See below for a description of each.
New/Like New - This means the Military Surplus E-Tool was received by us still in its original packaging, with its original tags attached or no visible signs of use could be found. In many cases, an item looks new and unused upon inspection, but to be sure, it is included in the Very Good Category. In this condition, there may be slight scuffs or scratches on the E-Tool due to storage by the Military.
Very Good - The item either appears to be in unused condition or has slight marks that show it was either issued and stored or was used several times at the most. The Military Issue Entrenching Tool will be in fully functional condition, as it is with all of our military surplus products. The coloring will be in very good shape. There may be scratches, scuff marks and even dirt in some cases caused by usage of the E-Tool by U.S. Troops.
Used - This includes everything else, while still insuring that the Military Issue, USGI, Entrenching Tool is fully functional. In short, it is fully functional but will not look new. There will be signs of wear and or usage. However, again, in this condition the Military Surplus Entrenching Tool will be fully functional and will do everything it was designed to do when new. It is often the case that a good cleaning, a little TLC and a fresh shot of black paint will make the Entrenching Tool look Very Good when purchased in this condition.
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We are not sure. I know this is not a great answer. We are looking for these each time a government auction comes up. As soon as we can buy some, that are in good condition, at a reasonable price, we plan on getting more of these in route.
I am sorry I cannot give a better time frame, but I can say that we recently looked but none were available at that time. The availability changes weekly and I can assure you, we are constantly checking in hopes of finding another good quality lot of them.
Best Glide ASE
We apologize but these are pretty hard to get right now. However, what we have learned is that they sell in spurts. There could be another mass selling of these by the government auctions at any time. We are constantly checking and will purchase the next time we see some quality ones at a reasonable price that are available.
I am sorry I could not give you a better answer, but much depends on when they become available again.
Best Glide ASE
I am so sorry for the delay in responding to your question. We are out of the office last week doing something crazy, climbing Mount Whitney.
We are about to place an order and I will make sure that we check to see if any of these are available right now. We are often at the mercy of what is available at the Government Auctions at the time, but we will most certainly check.
Thanks for your question and again, I am sorry for the delay.
Best Glide ASE