for use by the U. S. Cavalry during the 1880’s, the M-1873
Entrenching Tool was produced at the Springfield Armory in
high numbers. Issued with various
model rifles, the M-1873 Entrenching Tool was specifically designed
to be used for digging small entrenchments or scraping dirt to
form a small, protective mound during battle.
This is regarded
as the first of the true issued Springfield Armory edged weapons,
other than the sword or saber. Although the piece
is fairly common, ones available in excellent condition are sought
after by advanced collectors.
The only notable difference in any
two tools is the location and size of the U.S. stamped in the