Multitasker: The Chinese military shovel

This video is long (so click through it, or watch it over your lunch break), but really interesting. I wish I had one of these amazing tools. I could replace a number of items in my toolbox with the Chinese military shovel:

Scissor, bottle opener, hang, and anchor were my favorite purposes of this multitasker, simply because they were so unexpected (although, I think oar is stretching it a bit). It’s nice to see that necessity can breed such wonderful multi-tasking inventions.

What are your favorite multi-tasking tools?

(Note: There is no talking on this video, so don’t worry about turning off the sound if the background music starts to grate on your nerves.)

15 Comments for “Multitasker: The Chinese military shovel”

  1. posted by Glen Campbell on

    It would be handy to have one of these in your earthquake preparation kit.

  2. posted by Sarah on

    Ah, the entrenching tool. That brings back memories.

    http://www.uscav.com/productin.....38;tabID=1

  3. posted by Matt on

    Shield was my personal favourite to be honest!

    Wonder if they are available to buy…

  4. posted by timgray on

    That is a old US military shovel. you can get them at US military surplus stores.

    It’s simply a copy of a old US Army design.

  5. posted by gypsy packer on

    I’ve been a fan of the Army entrenching tool for years, but this baby seems to have a few more notches.

    I adore multi-bit screwdrivers, recently picked up a tool which claims to replace a box of combination wrenches, and possess an old shop-class combo step stool/ironing board/kitchen chair.

    I just saw a deacon’s bench on Apartment Therapy, which reminded me of a great little 300-year-old item on the British Antiques Roadshow. This treasure looked like a storage bench, had an oval back, and the back folded down on the bench arms to make a dining table. They called it a monks’ bench, and I have prowled the Internet looking for plans to have one made, with no success whatever. Some hobby carpenter could make a great part-time income selling plans to make this critter (especially in a daybed width!), if he can find a picture of the item, or the episode from 2003/4/5 which featured it.

  6. posted by Maddpenciler on

    I agree with Timgray and Sarah it’s just an “e-Tool”… (U.S. Military) But did you know you can use it as a toilet seat as well? Real quick… fold it in the “L” position and sit one cheek on there and there you have it! It was very helpful in Desert Storm – lol! Oh and be sure to dig a small hole first!

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    posted by Sky on

    Yep, a U.S. Military shovel. I have my Dad’s from the 40′s.

    If you are going to get one….make sure it is American made, not Chinese.

  8. posted by Deb J on

    Cool tool. Have seen them at Army Surplus stores.

  9. posted by Joseph M. Scandura on

    That’s just a cheap Chinese knockoff of an American product. Personally, I wouldn’t trust the Chinese version. Who knows how long it will last?

  10. posted by matthew on

    um, as long as chinese civilisation (which is to say three times longer than european)?

  11. posted by Michael G on

    Why would anyone set a video of a Chinese military demo to the theme of the classic western, “The Sons of Katie Elder”? At first I thought it was from “How the West Was Won”, I don’t want to ponder the implications of THAT selection.

  12. posted by HelofaMess on

    Gosh we are sneery of Chinese Made products aren’t we?

    Obviously things made in the west are always perfect and never ever cause problems or have faults. I assume you also don’t wear Adidas or Reebok? Or own an iPod? Or any electronics made by Philips or Braun or fly in Boeing made planes? And I also assume that we don’t blame the American companies (ie Mattel) who actually own or joint own the factories that produce faulty products and should be doing quality checks to make sure things are safe to sell and not just blaming “them foreign yella devils” when everything goes wrong.

    Yes when I’m home in the UK or Australia I do my best to by Australian/UK made products and I do believe in supporting home grown industries but please, you buy from a company, not a nation, and it’s up to a company to make sure their products are up to scratch. If they’re not it’s their fault, not the fact that it was made in China.

    http://www.usnews.com/money/bl.....us-imports

  13. posted by HelofaMess on

    ps… I think this multitasker – Us or China made ;) – is brilliant! The perfect thing to have strapped onto the ATV when running around doing odd chores on the farm

  14. posted by steve on

    Some of these uses were great – shield and grapple for example! However, some were a bit ‘samey’ like dig and shovel…

    What made me laugh more are the comments from Americans going on about how it’s a Chinese knock off of an American tool – have you considered that the American version might actually be a knock off of a Chinese tool?! *gasp* Many US military ‘inventions’ were actually copied from other countries.

    The vast majority of consumer products that we all use, that includes Americans, are manufactured in places like China. How many of you have an iPod for example? Made in the USA? Nope – Shanghai, China. Sorry to burst your bubble!

  15. posted by John Ottaviano on

    This item was indeed inspired by the U.S. military shovel that has been around since the second world war. This shovel, however, is not exactly the same and does include a few unique items like the bottle opener, etc. I did not see every second of the video, but it does seem to be a well made and interesting item.

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