Thoughtless Piracy of Intellectual Property

A long time ago I heard a story about a sapper shovel, which in Soviet times was produced by a munitions factory in Kiev. Recently I accidentally found the same shovel. It very compact and easy to carry, store and use. The shovel is a multifunctional tool that combines a shovel, a saw and an ax.

Sapper shovel

Sapper shovel

However the shovel has another feature – a wrench hole. Does this hole serve to reduce a weight of the shovel? I don’t think so. Why not a few holes of different sizes? Why this size wrench, but not another?

From the history I heard that this shovel thoughtlessly copied from the US military shovel. A hole wrench originally intended for someone US military rifle.

Borka Tools mini torque wrench for rifles

Borka Tools. Mini torque wrench for rifles. http://ryandpahl.com

There are many types of shovels, which exist like multitools on markets. Most of them nowadays are patented and made in China.

Multifunctional fold shovel

Multifunctional fold shovel

The multifunctional fold shovel (CN203510152U) relates to military tools. The shovel has a high safety coefficient, an improved portability, a deep earth excavation, a clamp, a compass, a socket, a detecting instrument, wire wrapping, a cutter, a saw, climbing, small tool storage, nail nipping, a wrench (3 on a blade of the shovel) and measurement.

Multifunctional folding tool shovel

Multifunctional folding tool shovel

The multifunctional folding tool shovel (CN201533483U) additional includes plate (1) are provided with a machete (14), a bottle-opener (12), a hexagonal wrench (11). 

Novel gardens shovel

Novel gardens shovel

The novel gardens shovel (CN204634271U) includes looks the same. It also has a handle which detachable.

Multi-purpose combined tool

Multi-purpose combined tool

The multi-purpose combined tool (CN101579851A) has a unique planer (27) which can be used for kitchen planing fruits epidermis.

Multifunctional mountaineering pickaxe

Multifunctional mountaineering pickaxe

The pickaxe’s (CN203863638U) handle 6 is connected with a shovel body 42. The shovel has even 5 wrench holes.

Multi-purpose tool

Multi-purpose tool

The last multi-purpose tool from the homeland of my history (US7219382B2) can be assembled into multiple configurations for various uses. Examples of some accessories include a stake, a digging tool, a cutting tool, a swivelling seat, and a swivelling pulley.

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