My last post covered an earlier version of these folding shovels, from the 1950's-1960's era.
This latest shovel most likely dates to the 1980's era. There are no dates on the shovel, but it is stamped with an "import stamp" on the wooden handle. The imprinted stamp reads "MADE IN ROMANIA". During the 1980's and early 1990's, military surplus imports were required to have the "made in" country origins printed on them,o most of the surplus that found its way into the US during this period had an importers item origin mark printed on it. This shovel seems to fall into that import category and time frame.
This particular folding shovel has the hinge mount welded on, as opposed to being riveted. This style of "Cold War construction" became quite common in the later years of the Cold War era, in the Com-Bloc countries.
This shovel is very well made with a very unique tightening nut. The nut is heavy, machined steel, with a unique spiral grooving on the surface.
The wood handle has a heavy coating of gloss varnish and is shaped in the style of the old WW2 German shovels, with the "bulb end".
The blade is painted in the standard Romanian Border Police style and color.
There is not much more to say about this shovel, as there is very little information available about them. My research is continuing. Hopefully I will run across a photo or two, and maybe some documentation to share at a later date.
Here's the photo album of this beautiful little Romanian folder:
To finish things up, let's take a side-by-side comparison of the old and new versions of this shovel.