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Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle

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  • Overall Length: 20.50"
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  • Weight: 1.60 lbs.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number CS92SF
Item Weight1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions21 x 3 x 6 inches
Item model number92SF
ColorBlack, Wood
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB00169V99K
Best Sellers Rank #1,570 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
  
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Product Description

The Special Forces Shovel is modeled after the original Soviet Spetznaz shovel. The Spetznaz soldiers made up the most elite unit in the Soviet Army. The U.S. equivalent would be our Green Berets. The shovel head and socket are forged from medium carbon steel, then heat treated for maximum strength. The edges come sharpened to a utility/axe edge that can easily be improved to razor sharpness.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very well made shovel.
george
The shovel edges needed a little fine sharpening, otherwise the shovel was sharp from the factory.
CaptJoe
The shovel can double as a axe and its cool to throw for fun.
Martin Longstreet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Biederman on November 30, 2010
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The shovel is very stout and sturdy. The sides and leading edges all come roughly sharpened from the factory. Sharp enough to hurt yourself if you are not careful. Be careful. If you want to, it is possible to greatly polish/improve the sharpness of the edges. There is enough weight in the head of the shovel to imagine using it as a light hatchet. (I have not attempted this, but there are plenty of videos available on the internet of people doing so) Since there are three sharp edges on this shovel, you really cannot pack it anywhere without risking it cutting your gear. The sheath for this shovel is usually sold separately, but having a sheath is NOT AN OPTION unless you never intend to pack this shovel with your camping gear. The metal will rust if you do not take care of it. There are many lighter shovels available out there, most of them fold. I have used folding shovels throughout many years in the military, and all the lightweight folding shovels I have seen are nowhere near as tough as this shovel. This is indeed a rugged, tough shovel and well worth the $30 or so it will cost for the shovel and matching sheath. Cheap out and buy only the shovel at your peril.

This shovel has the "Jack seal of approval"

Cheers,

Jack
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By B. T. Peterson on February 1, 2010
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With this heavy duty version of the Spetsnaz E-tool (shovel) You have to ask yourself, "What will I actually be using it for?" Digging,chopping,throwing,@ camp site, in vehicle, improvised weapon - cant beat it. Hiking, on the move, its cumbersome and a slip and fall while wearing this in the sheath (that costs extra) has the potential to create an injury that could take you outta the game. (The sheath will save you from cuts-not breaks) Super well made and functional.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Navy Jo on September 11, 2010
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Excellent product, made of top-notch material. It works great for chopping and digging, works ok for slicing/cutting and bushwhacking. Basically an excellent camping tool, or shovel/hatchet replacement in any limited-weight situation (e.g. survival). The steel is remarkably durable, I usually dig in gravely areas, but the shovel hasn't lost it's edge yet. The handle can be a bit slippery, but nothing you can't fix with a tape and paracord handle-wrap or a lanyard (drill a hole through the back, loop some cord through, tie it off).
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Caudle on December 1, 2012
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I need to clarify a few things.

First, with any throwing axe/shovel/knife, with a wooden handle, the handle will eventually break from the force of shock upon impact. That's a given. Wooden handles are meant to be replicable, it extends the usefulness of the tool. Instead of a heavy metal handle that will eventually bend or break, making your tool harder to repair and render your tool worthless, wood is a great alternative because of its abundance and ease to work with.

Second, with any carbon steel you will need to oil the blade. Use whatever oil suits you, but oil the darn thing so it won't rust.

All in all it's a great tool if you maintain the shovel. I like that the head is detachable, allowing you to affix it to a longer handle in the bush if you need it. It is also a good gardener's tool, taking the place of a larger spade and small garden axe. It's not made out of the best steel or wood, but it has got a good price tag for what you get.

I keep one in the car if I ever get in a pinch. It's definitely taking a place in my bug out bag. All in all it's a good tool. The original handle has lasted me for some time. I don't throw it at trees or target stumps because I wouldn't do that with my other tools. Why, you ask? Because that would break them!
Bottom line.

Usefulness: A

Style: B

Construction: B+
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pointman9 on April 2, 2013
These shovels are excellent, high quality tools. I would recommend these for pretty much anyone who needs a nearly indestructible shovel (with a few modifications). My only complaint is that the handles do not stand up as well as the heads, I have broken three of them chopping. These handles can be quite easily replaced with a solid polyethylene rod from McMaster-Carr (part number 8701K46) It requires shaping one end into a cone to fit into the shovel socket, of course, but that is easily done with a belt sander or grinding wheel. After I had fitted the handle, I coated it with rubberized truck bed liner for a better grip, and that handle has not broken or even budged after very rigorous testing and years of use. Pictures can be provided if desired.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cleaveland on May 4, 2011
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So far this shovel has proven to be a good buy. A lot of these reviews talk about how sharp cold steel products are right out of the box. Well that has not been the case for me. I bought this shovel which had what I would consider to be a dull utility edge on it, and a Kukri Machete which had a deformed edge that had to be run on a grinder to get it to cut anything. The shovel sharpens easily though so that is not a big issue. I loved the handle on this shovel, but I already broke it. I don't suggest you try throwing it like you see in some of the you tube videos. I've read multiple reviews where the reviewer stated that the handle broke while throwing. Once sharped mine shovel worked great as a hatchet and pretty awesome as a shovel as well. This is a great garden tool for digging up flower bulbs, even with a broken handle. If you are looking for a great multi-purpose camping tool, you can't do much better than this shovel. It also makes a great self defense weapon to keep near a door in your home or in the back of a vehicle.
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