tool is designed as a substitute for pick-axes and other inappropriate
ground breaking tools that are used in demining. It is
used to break up the ground from the side and to keep the users
hand low in the event of a detonation.
from T section mild steel, the Pick-Prod blade is
a 31cm long in-line prod that can be used to pick at the ground
with considerable force without the blade bending. In softer
ground, a twisting movement breaks up the ground more efficiently
than a bayonet. The users hand is protected by a washable
and pliable aramid blast-shield in front of a comfortable 14cm
long handle made using medium/high density polyethylene which
does not shatter in a blast event.
T section tapers to a point and is a compromise
between allowing penetration and ensuring that the tool is strong
enough not to be damaged in normal use. It is intended that
ground broken with this tool would then be excavated with the
The metal parts are hard-chromed to prevent
rust. The tool weighs
around 0.5Kg (1.2 lbs).
tool stayed in one piece when placed on top of mines in tests.
The blade curved gracefully.
As well as having been sold to military users in South America and Europe, this tool is known to have been used in Vietnam, Angola, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Sudan.