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E-tool

Post by 72hours » Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:47 am

Came across a solid little e-tool. The handle doesn't collapse down, but the whole thing is made of the same metal, and it feels solid as. The shovel head is removeable and can be reattached at a 90 degree angle. Simply unscrew the socket (?) on the end of the handle as far as it lets you, then the handle splits apart in two, which detaches it from the shovel head. It's got a tomahawk, pick, nail puller, wire cutter, bottle opener, and i feel like there's probably a few more useful things on this that I have yet to find. The wire cutter uses the motion of separating the handle halves to open and close the wire cutter.
Seems like a tidy well made tool, made by Acrow in the late 70's I believe.... Thought I'd share it with my fellow ZSers.

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Re: E-tool

Post by navajojoe » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:28 am

:D I have to say, you have yourself a pretty cool piece of gear. How much does it weight, and how long is it? Could very well be the original Crovel you have there. 8-) It looks like a multi-purpose tool. Congrats on your find.
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Re: E-tool

Post by 72hours » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:08 pm

I'll measure it and see if I can weight it when I get home. It's not heavy, but it is solid.
Not much info to be found about these online...

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Post by Kutter_0311 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:07 pm

Neet! I just have a ton of GI tri-fold e-tools...
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Re: E-tool

Post by breacher » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:33 pm

+1 on the tri fold

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Post by OmerYifrach » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:54 am

*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)

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Re: E-tool

Post by teotwaki » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:59 pm

OmerYifrach wrote:*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)
pictures?
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Re: E-tool

Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:18 pm

OmerYifrach wrote:*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)

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I recall IMA (International Military Antiques) selling those a few years back.

I want to get either a real Russian e-tool or one of the Cold Steel versions. Both are about the same price on Amazon, come to think of it.

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Re: E-tool

Post by OmerYifrach » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:37 pm

teotwaki wrote:
OmerYifrach wrote:*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)
pictures?
Here you go[img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201707 ... d1d463.jpg[/img]]

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Re: E-tool

Post by OmerYifrach » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:38 pm

12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
OmerYifrach wrote:*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)

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I recall IMA (International Military Antiques) selling those a few years back.

I want to get either a real Russian e-tool or one of the Cold Steel versions. Both are about the same price on Amazon, come to think of it.
The cs is great, my friend owns one..
The Russian e tool is very similar to the kne that I have

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Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:48 pm

OmerYifrach wrote:
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
OmerYifrach wrote:*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)

Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
I recall IMA (International Military Antiques) selling those a few years back.

I want to get either a real Russian e-tool or one of the Cold Steel versions. Both are about the same price on Amazon, come to think of it.
The cs is great, my friend owns one..
The Russian e tool is very similar to the kne that I have

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Once I get a little more money, I'm probably going to order one of the Russian e-tools. They go on sale every now and then, so I might be able to score one for a good price.

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Re: E-tool

Post by OmerYifrach » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:33 pm

12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
OmerYifrach wrote:
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:
OmerYifrach wrote:*Just now noticed that this is from 2011*
I'm just using a fixed one piece WW1 Austro Hungarian e-tool.
I believe that every tool is best in one thing, But amazing concept.
(When I think of it, this E tool is jack of all trades master of none)

Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
I recall IMA (International Military Antiques) selling those a few years back.

I want to get either a real Russian e-tool or one of the Cold Steel versions. Both are about the same price on Amazon, come to think of it.
The cs is great, my friend owns one..
The Russian e tool is very similar to the kne that I have

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Once I get a little more money, I'm probably going to order one of the Russian e-tools. They go on sale every now and then, so I might be able to score one for a good price.
Sweet.
Best of luck

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Re: E-tool

Post by 72hours » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:45 am

I actually just dug this out of the camping gear and put it back with the Bug Out Bags... I love this etool.

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Re: E-tool

Post by echo83 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:20 pm

I have the USGI tri-fold shovel, as well as the East German e-tool, and I can't really say which I would give the edge to. I did a little research on the East German one, it was pretty cool. Apparently, the carrier for mine is part of some web gear that was never issued, due to the reunification.

If you're a mil-surp nerd like I am, check it out:

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Post by Crimson Phoenix » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:42 pm

I got my brother and myself each one years ago. I would take mine on all my field outings as a geology student, and still take it camping. I don't dig a lot of holes with mine, but if nothing else, I use it to rake coals in the fire pit, bury the fire once it's put out, and smack tent stakes back in the ground if the hammer isn't cutting it. They're pretty handy to keep around, though too heavy for backpacking. A bit big for digging a slit trench, but hey, if you gotta, you gotta. :awesome:

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Post by absinthe beginner » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:42 am

I've noticed a lot of Chinese entrenching tools for sale on Ebay. Anyone have any personal experience with those?

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Post by echo83 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:27 pm

absinthe beginner wrote:I've noticed a lot of Chinese entrenching tools for sale on Ebay. Anyone have any personal experience with those?
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Is this the one?

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Re: E-tool

Post by Stercutus » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:47 pm

The USGI ETool is one of the few things I don't recommend for home use. It is "ok" for digging but tends to break easily for just about any other job. If you are digging I fighting position at Ft. Bragg in soft soil go for it. Just about anywhere else you are better off with something better.
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Re: E-tool

Post by Crimson Phoenix » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:00 pm

I don't think I'd ever recommend it over a proper garden spade or trenching shovel when you can have one. For small jobs when you're out camping or in the field, it's better than nothing, and certainly better than a pocket trowel, but that's about it.

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