I have always had a weakness for military surplus stores, beginning with the tragically-now-out-of-business War Surplus Store in my small hometown in Wyoming.
The other day I ventured out to Sgt. Gators Post Exchange in Boring, Oregon. This place is (almost always) just as great as the name suggests. On this occasion, I found this vintage Swiss military shovel (or “Entrenching Tool”, I’m told). Wooden handle, leather cover, incredible design. Nobody knows how to fuse form and function quite like the Swiss.
I have a Swiss Army rucksack that indicates the craftsman, location of origin, and date of completion in the leather between the straps, and the leather sheath for this shovel has a similar stamp, containing the following information: