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Wallace Patent entrenching tool patented in 1883 by Nesbit Willoughby Wallace. Commonly used with the P88 Slade Wallace.
An excerpt from the book “The battle of Tofrek” By William Galloway
THE "WALLACE" ENTRENCHING TOOL AND PIONEER SPADE.
The following description of the entrenching tools, used extensively on the 22nd of March in constructing the defences, may be
"This tool, which weighs about 2 lbs. 5 ozs. and is 23 inches long, is patented in England and America and on the Continent, and
has been adopted by the English and South Australian Governments. It is a small spade with a broad blade, and a crosspick for
the handle. The pick consists of an armoured wooden crutch, the wood of which forms a strong backing to the steel point, and
acts as a buffer against the jar caused by repeated blows. It is covered with steel sheathing, which is in two parts, fits closely to
the wooden head, and is fastened on by rivets to the crutch, and by rivets and a band to the handle. Each point is composed of
one-inch of solid steel, which, when blunted by use, can be sharpened. One end is a pick, the other a grubber. The metal used is
very hard and well-tempered, while the tool is made so as to be easily repaired if damaged. To put it briefly, the chief virtues of
the entrenching tool are the simple combination of pick and spade, which is obtained without any complicated arrangement; the
shape of the blade; and the projection at the back, which guards the knuckles when digging, and also 'cants' the blade to clear
the wrist when the pick is used.
"The British Government has just ordered 20,000 of these entrenching tools, having been previously supplied with 30,000.
Foreign countries have ordered a supply for an exhaustive trial of their peculiar merits.
"The ' Pioneer' spade, is intended for clearing ground and for bushwork, where the combination of a serviceable billhook with a
small pick and spade must often be very convenient.
"Major Wallace's tools are not intended to take the place of the full-sized 'Pioneer' picks and shovels, which will still be
necessary for all heavy digging and for rocky ground, though, on an emergency, the 'Wallace' spade may be found a fair
substitute. It is claimed for these tools that they are of extraordinary strength for their size and weight, and that they may be
relied on to stand very severe wear and tear, if fairly used, and even to do work of which, at first sight, they would hardly be
thought capable. For instance, they will break down or loophole an ordinary stone or brick wall—though, perhaps, at the cost of
some of the spades. Loopholing was successfully carried out with them in the first Egyptian campaign, when they were also
found to be useful and efficient substitutes for small axes in cutting firewood, and invaluable in camp life. Numerous
testimonials, from general and other officers, and also from civil engineers, are before the writer, in proof of the above. The
spades are not offered as cheap tools. They are made of the very best materials—picked ashen shafts and steel of the first
quality; and they have to be put together with great care. So long as this is the case the spades can never be cheaply turned out—
though a large order can be executed at a considerable reduction in price. Their value depends so entirely upon their quality
that the inventor declines to supply them except through his own manufacturer, as he can then guarantee the materials and the
workmanship. Messrs. E. Lucas and Son, of Dronfield, are the manufacturers." — The Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine,
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