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Chinese Military Shovel WJQ-308



Anytime you take your vehicle offroad you run the risk of getting stuck, sometimes miles from help.  So the wise offroader equips themselves with an assortment of offroad recovery tools.  With limited space to carry tools, multifunctional tools are a wise choice.  Like the Swiss Army knife and duct tape, few tools are as multifunction as the Chinese military spade shovel, called the WJQ-308.

The WJQ-308 is manufactured for the Chinese army, not for the shelves of Walmart.  It was designed to be used hard.  Made from hardened steel thick enough to allow the shovel to be used as an axle blade, this shovel incorporates 18 different functions into the tool.  Besides the obvious use as a spade shovel, the WJQ-308 can be used for sawing, cutting, chopping, prying, hammering, measuring, bottle opener, can opener, a pick and much more.  It even has tools that cut and twist bailing wire.  Imagine next time you're around the camp fire after a hard day of wheeling where you may have dug out someone with your shovel and you crack open a beer using your WJQ-308 military shovel.  When packing for the offroad or for camping and where weight of your tools matters, you want your gear to be as lightweight as possible yet be strong and durable.  The working parts of the WJQ-308 use a steel with a hardness rated at HRC 47-51, yet only weights 1.9 pounds (0.85kg).  Overall length is just under two feet at 23 1/4 inches (590 mm).  The folded length is a compact 15 3/4 inches (400mm) and the shovel comes with it's own carry bag.  The WJQ-308 Military Shovel is available online at various outlets including eBay.

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