This is our reproduction of the pre-war pattern Finnish field spade carrier. These were designed for the Imperial Russian field spades and their Finnish copies. As a result, they fit most of the square-tipped spades of the period. Unlike in many other armies of the time the Finnish Army only issued four field spades per infantry squad.
“Field tools” were the standard tools issued to individual soldiers for entrenching as opposed to bigger “Engineer tools” that were issued to units to be used when needed for larger field fortification and building tasks.
The carrier is manufactured from 3 mm thick cowhide which has been dyed brown. Sewing is done with white, waxed cotton thread and rivets are made of copper. There are two loops for hanging the carrier from the belt.
The maximum blade measurements that fit are:
- Blade width: 15 cm or 5 ⁷/₈ inch
- Blade height: 17,5 cm or 6 ⁷/₈ inch