Discussion in 'Reviews' started by IA Woodsman, Aug 25, 2011.
Cold Steel makes some really great stuff. Thanks for the post Iowa!
Thanks for the vids. Learned a ton from you already
Great video. Well done.
Hey Terry, how does this stack up against a plain ol Etool? I know a shovel is a shovel, but with the ability to lock the bit in differant directions and the way it folds up, I wonder if the Etool is suberb. I saw a Nam era etool that looked alot like the CS shovel except the bit folded up. Looked cool, but it was a bit too beat down to buy for using.....I guess im asking which one you prefer.
J, most of the time I take my CS shovel as opposed to the etool. Mostly because of weight.
Thanks for vids, these vids must see my wife, X-mas is soon .
Good job on the shovel!!! I guess there is going to be a run on the CS Special Forces shovel now, just like there was when IA did the Trail Hawk video.
How much does it weigh without the handle, IA? It actually looks more versatile than the Trail Hawk.
I have had several Cold Steel E-tools over the last
decade or so. Lost them, given them away, unintentionally left them in vehicles I sold. Broken one handle, never really done much to the steely bits.
(1) I have have had MilSurp E-tools I liked better, but they are subject to intermittent availability. For instance, the WWII era Swiss is fantastic, but I haven't one for sale for 10 years.
(2) The Cold Steel is good, consistent, and readily available. Consistent is not the case with MilSurp goods, for instance the late East German folders were really good, but the 50s East German fixed heads were crude.
Readily available is usually the case for a few years, and then they dry up. As with the Swiss '40s pieces. As with the East German folders.
I'd LOVE to find another Swedish all metal folder, but so far no go...
(3) Nothing is better for tidying after you've had to deposit...ahem...solid waste.
(4) Every car ever driven near sand, or in snow country needs one.
I just picked up one of these from the BudK site because of this thread. I also grabbed a Cold Steel Kukri Machete. Belive it or not with all the brands I have this will be my first CS purchase. Looking forward to seeing how they perform. Thanks for the most informative thread Woodsman!
Believe it or not, living in the Texas panhandle, this is much more useful to me than either the CS Rifleman's hawk, or the CS kukri. It "can" do almost anything they can do, plus a ton of other stuff.
Great thread. I used one of these a while back while on the trail and was really impressed; I didn't know it was a CS product, let alone that it is still available.
And so the List grows longer...
Just want to give a quick heads up about the kuk. Most people find the handle too rough so they sand, tape, wrap, or stretch inner tube around it. Also, you will have to sharpen the blade, which may roll due to overheating during the grinding process. For $15, it's a blade you can beat the snot out of.
Love the vids their IA. It's great to see you and I share the same great taste in cutlery I carry a SAK Farmer as my EDC knife and I've had a CS shovel for 15 years bought it for it's versitility for SAR work.
Just put all my money in ColdSteel stock. The shovels should float the company for atleast a year after that video.
Bumping a great thread!
Thanks, I updated the video links.
It was the only item stolen by an ex-girlfriend..
These shovels are beasts!
I recently purchased the CS SpecOps Shovel and couldn't be happier. I've wanted one for years, but I already have a Glock E-Tool and thought, why get another? Don't get me wrong, I like the Glock. It folds down to a nice compact size and it's very sturdy. However, I have had it loosen-up on me when using it hard. That will not happen with the Cold Steel Shovel. Besides, having two (2) Shovels, I can always enlist some help on whatever I'm doing. I've already sanded the handle and will soak it in some BLO. I plan to drill a Lanyard hole and maybe wrap the handle? Although, I saw one fellow BCUSA member had done a nice job of drilling shallow holes around the circumference of the handle. Looked good and it aslo looked functional. It's a work-in-progress. The good news is the Cold Steel SpecOps Shovel is built like a tank (maybe a T-72?).
I can't believe I still don't have one. Ridiculous.
I have contemplated on one of these but I also seen a short 3 foot light shovel at home depot I have considered.
I bought two of these back in 2014 because at the time they were only $13 ea on Amazon. At the time I was upgrading from a cheap Gerber Etool and what an upgrade it was! Now, between this shovel and a silky saw, my axe never gets used, while the shovel and saw get used regularly for gardening and landscaping around my house in addition to camping trips. It's bad to the bone! Definitely one of the best purchases I've made in regards to outdoors gear.