By Steve MascaraThe world’s most popular flat shovel has finally gone global.
On Wednesday, a pair of British flat shovel manufacturers announced the launch of the “Vans flat shovel” and its “VANS Flat” nameplate, which was designed to be both practical and functional.
The flat shovel can be used to dig through mud, debris, and sand to remove a variety of materials, including concrete, rock, glass, and ceramic.
It’s not exactly a groundbreaking design, but it’s still a big deal for a product that was already popular in the U.K. and Europe.
The flat shovel is a compact, lightweight, and easy to carry tool that was popularized in the United Kingdom in the mid-20th century, according to the Flat Shovel Manufacturers Association (FSA).
The group has been working on a flat shovel for more than 30 years, and the UK-based firm says it’s the “first” U.S. flat shovel to be marketed in the world.
According to the FSA, the flat shovel was first introduced in the 1980s, and in 1991 it became the first product in the industry to sell over 1 million units.
The UK-made product is now available in more than 200 countries and territories.
The FSA says that the flat, blunt-shaped shovel can dig through up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of mud.
“The flat was originally designed to have a high level of usability and ease of use, but also to be lightweight and to offer a lot of practicality and convenience to the user,” FSA president David Meehan said in a statement.
“The Vans Flat has been designed to offer both of these qualities.”
The flat is also designed to work as a tool for removing clay and sand from concrete and stone structures.
A flat shovel’s flat, hollow handle has a sharp blade designed to dig into the ground without damaging the concrete or stone structure.
The Vauxhall flat shovel, meanwhile, has a curved, tapered blade designed for removing rock and debris.
Its flat handle is also made of high-grade steel and is designed to provide grip and stability to the flat blade.
The FSA says the Vauxhooks flat shovel also has a durable construction, “in line with the British Flat Shoax tradition,” and that it can withstand heavy loads up to 20,000 pounds (12,000 kilograms).
It’s unclear whether the Vans Vauxhams flat will be available in the USA.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says that flat shovel availability is “very limited,” and it’s not clear if it will be an option in the US.