The Cold Steel Shovel

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  1. IA Woodsman

    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Lifetime Supporter Bushclass Instructor

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    I have owned this tool for a very long time. I am sure a few of you who have camped with me have seen this little shovel. For the money I think it is a great addition to your kit.

    Most of the time I use it as is. It can be used in different configurations and for different tasks. I will ad some pics soon.





    For mods I put 2 holes in it, wrapped the handle in 550 sheath, drilled a hole in the handle, and sharpened one side.

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    You can remove the short handle and improvise a long one. Much more efficient digger.

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    If you find the right branch you can make a pick/scraper. This works well for collecting debris for a shelter.

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    With the 2 holes drilled in the blade and a long handle snow can be piled quicker.

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    If you get it sharp enough it will work ok as a chopper and for smaller work like making shavings.

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  2. Skab

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    Good stuff Ia. I have had mine for about 2 years now. I t rides in my truck and has proven very handy. Thanks for the other uses.
     
  3. RangerJoe

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    Wow, that thing sure is versatile;)
    Great video as always man, you sure make stuff look easy.
     
  4. J

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    well done man!! I like those cold steel shovels.
     
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    I've been waitin for this vid since you talked about it Terry. Very cool .
     
  6. Bill510c

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    Great videos. I have been using and loving my CS shovel for over a decade now. Hasn't failed me once.
     
  7. Iz

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    Two things.
    1: cold steel had better stock up on shovels after these vids.
    2. 16 minutes?! That had to take you a couple days to upload.
     
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    Option 3. Turley Shovels......:33:
     
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    I had to sell mine to raise money to pay medical bills. Been kicking myself about it ever since. Mine was sharp on three sides. It came sharpened that way and I just refined the edge all the way around. Anything you can think of to use it for it will rise to meet the expectation. It's a reasonable self defense item too.
     
  10. Iz

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    Just got 'em watched. Awesome. Yet another cool video, my friend.
     
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    Been on the fence about this item, thanks for the solid review. Good stuff.
     
  12. Skab

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    I've been trying to get him to make one for a while now!
     
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    Great ideas. I was thinking between the CS or the Gerber folder and this made up my mind. So starting quantity at the Outfitters store better be around 200 after this gets viewed some more on here I'm guessing :33:

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    Any pics of how you carry it on your pack IA?
     
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    Thanks cool indestructable tool - mega survival
     
  15. IA Woodsman

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    I added some pics and more info on the first post.
     
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    Very cool, thanks IA for all the ideas. I bought one of these and keep it in the truck. Only ever thought of the longer handle, the rest were pretty inventive. This set of vids made me realize how little I think outside the box when it comes to my gear!
     
  17. Kerri

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    You forgot to mention how in the pick configuration it can also make a handy seat for number 2 haha. Great videos I like that alot better then my folding E-tool I may have to pull the handle off of my shovel and give some of those a try, Thanks brother
     
  18. One Legged Josh

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    Thanks for the review IA. You make everything look so simple. Are the new ones just as good as your old one?
     
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    Well done! Thanks, Donk.
     
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    Awesome vids man, I was a little on the fence about getting one but now I know its truly a versatile piece of kit! Thanks for the post
     
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    I was also wondering when you would do a vid on the cold steel shovel! Great presentation, as always.

    OK up next - what can you do with the cold steel battle mace as a bushcraft tool....
     
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    Have had my eye on these. Your post gives me a good reason to get one. I have a German surplus fold up jobbie with a pick, but it's entirely too heavy. Is this shovel heavy?
     
  23. IA Woodsman

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    You know it did.
    I will try to get some pics up in the near future.
    I could not tell you that Josh. The only one I have used is mine.
    I did not even know they had a mace. I will put it on the list.
    It is no where near as heavy as those bad boys. Maybe a couple of pounds??
     
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    never forget.... even in those places where a knife might get you in trouble..... to the best of my knowledge nowhere is it illeagel to carry a shovel
     
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    Great video Terry and thanks for sharing how you use this shovel. Seeing it demonstrated in video is extremely helpful.
     
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    Heck Yea!!! Some CS Shovel Love!!!! Ha!!!

    Great Vid IA!!!!!
     
  27. IA Woodsman

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    You should post up those pics of the fire craft prep you did with your CS Shovel.
     
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    Around here you can't carry a shovel in most state parks, due to people digging for Indian artifacts.

    Good stuff IA, but I am going to have to stop watching your videos. It is starting to get expensive!:53:
     
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    i have had one strapped to my alice pack for years. i dont think you could break one of these it if you tried.
     

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    Great vids Terry.

    Whenever I find the old USGI folding shovel and pick with the wood handle I pick them up, but man those things are like a boat anchor!
     
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    I stick mine in the opening between the main pocket and the large pockets on the ALICE pack. The shovel head keeps it from slipping through.
     
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    Very nice series of vids IA as always...
     
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    He never posts his good stuff.
     
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    The CS one is a bit heavier than the original "saperka" (MPL, small infantry shovel) it's supposed to have better edge retention/durability. I don't know if the CS one has the same measurements though. 50cm long, 18cm blade, 15cm blade width is the original standard.

    Great vids, almost makes me abandon my even heavier issue one.

    http://www.operationeastwind.com/sovietfightingpositions.html
    Here are some pictures from old manuals on what you can build yourself out in the bush. I couldn't locate any links to PDFs of the original manuals as of now. Might get back to it later on.

    (I love shovels)
     
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    My CS shovel always goes car camping and beachcombing with me. It looks innocuous, but properly sharpened it will shear tree limbs and do all the other things mentioned in the video.

    Probably a little heavy for ultralighters, but a very useful tool.

    I got mine for use in scouting when I was a scoutmaster and it has been used plenty since (when I can get it away from my wife!):27:
     
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    Nice work IA,
    Josh have one 10+ yr's just took it to a knife sharpener cause I don't have a grinder He said Dang! sparks were flying... Well tempered
    bought 2 new ones last year same quality 1 for the son in law's car just in time for that snow storm
     
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    Good stuff as always.
    Your removing the handle to improvise other uses reminded me of an old article on Russian Smokejumpers. The would parachute in the deep timber and only carry the heads of their axes, pulaskis and shovels, to save weight and space. Their carved and fitted on handles on site. Guess they had to be pretty fast to do this and start the firefighting.
     
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    Thanks Brother Terry! Great Video Will it be added to "Outfitters store" ?? Would be nice:33:
     
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    I put a thread a while back about these titled "a tool that every outdoorsman should own", I really believe that. They are very versatile, and bargain priced. Great review!
     
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    Great vids IA , another purches to be made.
     
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    After watching Terry handle this shovel at the Ohio class I am convinced these are hands down better then the traditional folding army shovel. At least more versatile.
     
  45. Iz

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    For all those that don't speak Jclmd-ese and Mr. Black-ese that is
    one stick fire, three times the prep, cold steel shovel, go. heh.
     
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    I just want to mention the CS shovel is probably the most non-threatening tool you can chop with. I bring it in place of a machete if I am concerned about appearances. People look at this tiny shovel and shrug or comment on how cute it is.
     
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    Great vids IA! I like the idea of drilling holes for lashing points.
     
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    Super. I've always liked it, now I need it :)
     
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    I liked this shovel before... now I love it!

    These vids sparked some ideas in my brain going to see waht I can do with mine this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Yep its official, Now I need one. Thanks for putting the time and thought in IA!
     

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