The design of this
demining hand tool is based on the rules required to ensure that a tool does not separate or fragment in an anti-personnel mine blast. Thousands are in use in Humanitarian Demining around the world.
The pick-prod is designed as a prodder and a scraper for use when working in hard ground. It is used
to break up the ground and to keep the user’s
hand low in the event of a detonation.
Quote the SD Order No. SKU3011.
from “T” section mild steel (a cross-section through the blade is shown alongside), 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 T section allows loosened spoil to be scraped aside. The user’s hand is protected by a washable and pliable aramid
blast-shield in front of a comfortable 14cm long handle.
“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. Although the tool can be used as a scraper, It is intended that ground broken with
this tool would then be removed with another tool.
metal parts are hard-chromed to prevent rust. The handle is made
of non-shattering polyethylene which has performed excellently
in all test and real blast situations. The
tool weighs around 0.5Kg (1.2 lbs).
picture on the right shows pick-prods after detonating a 200g mine while excavating.
In every case, the tool remained intact and the blade curved.
Open PDF data-sheet about using the SD Pick-prod.
Open PDF data-sheet about safely investigating a metal detector indication using the SD blast resistant tools.
Open PDF data-sheet on blast-resistant tools and print or save.
All SD tools can be adjusted to meet your requirements
but significant changes should always be blast tested
to ensure that safety has not been compromised.