Original issue German WWII folding shovels with our reproduction Type 1 or Type 2 Carriers.
Shovels: Original issue WWII German folding shovels (Klappspaten). This the last of the stores from Norway. Like many other items left in their country by the Germans, the Norwegian army used these shovels after the War to equip their own army. They painted them with thick olive green paint and issued them to their troops. We had it chemically removed, and found that the ugly olive paint had actually helped protect much of the original German finish. Now they are back in "Wehrmacht" condition. (The German military blued their shovels rather than painted them.)
Markings: Only about 10% of these have super clear stamps and even fewer have Waffenamts. I have found half a dozen different makers, some have just a logo, others 3 letter code, others dates and codes/ or logos. Most of the markings are poorly struck to begin with, but again, these are ORIGINAL WWII German issue so they cannot be "incorrect". It's simply obvious that providing crystal clear, Indiana Jones style markings was not a priority during WWII..
We now offer "hand select best markings" for a $10 upcharge. These have the most distinct and clearest dates, makers and/ or Waffenamts. Most often, it is a year and date like "gcq 42".
Condition: These are all in USED serviceable condition. That means they are suitable to be used as intended- to dig holes, clear brush, waylay small animals etc..They have served two armies, dozens of soldiers and are 70+ years old. All are USED. Some traces of the olive paint may remain, and all have evidence of use common to any used shovel. These are as authentic as one can get for re-creating a WWII German field soldier.
Oil: The company that cleaned them for us also oiled the spades to prevent rusting during ocean shipment. We are wiping them down, and bagging them, but all the metal parts will be a little greasy.
Shovels made in Germany