For those of us who prefer the steel fuel cans over the plastic ones, it can induce sticker shock when you look at the Valpro/Wavian cans. And surplus NATO cans have been very scarce for a number of years now.
I recently found a surplus dealer that has genuine NATO fuel cans. Apparently a lot of them. They describe them as new inside, never used, but stored outside. There was no indication of age. I was a little skeptical, since they're selling them for $19.95 each. I decided to find out and ordered 14 of them. At that price they sure aren't going to ship them free, and shipping was $97. That brought them to just under $27 each. They also threw in a simple spout for each one.
I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. These are in better condition than some of the surplus cans I bought 20 years ago, and they're even older. When I opened them they still smell like fresh paint inside. Most are dated 1954 and two are dated 1952. A few have some small dents and all have a little surface rust here and there, but overall, very nice fuel cans. Most would look brand new with a coat of paint.
So if you're in the market for some genuine NATO cans, here's your chance to score some at a good price. Major Surplus & Suvival. If you're in the Los Angeles area you can pick them up and save the shipping cost.