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Restauration of a Russian shovel 1940

Article about: Hello, few weeks ago I received a abused russian shovel from 1940. The finder, an old men, unfortunately scratched the blade and destroyed the surface of the handle with a heavy steelbrush.

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    Hello,

    few weeks ago I received an abused russian shovel from 1940.
    The finder, an old men, unfortunately scratched the blade and destroyed the surface of the handle with a heavy steelbrush.
    After a little restauration I was suprised.
    I didn't expected it to be so nice again.
    I used oxalic acid for the blade and sanded of the wood fine and carefully.
    Finally I oiled the piece and that's it.

    Best regards,
    Austrian
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    Last edited by Austrian; 02-02-2021 at 12:06 PM. Reason: grammar

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    I think you have rescued it.
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    I agree. Looks great now!

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    great job!
    " I used to be indecisive but now I'm not quite sure "

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    Hello Austrian,

    A delayed answer, but you have nicely done up the shovel.
    As you already know, it is a WWII Red Army shovel (малая пехотная лопата - small infantry shovel).
    The blade carries the name of the manufacturer and the production year.
    The so-called "lopata" was manufactured in 1940 in the Komintern factory (КОМИНТЕРН), originally the Kharkiv Locomotive Factory.
    The shovel originally belongs in a leather cover. Attached three photos of a 1939 production.

    Restauration of a Russian shovel 1940

    Restauration of a Russian shovel 1940

    Restauration of a Russian shovel 1940

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    @Asjemenou
    Many thanks for your much appreciated infos!
    You got a very nice exemplar, great!

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