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Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle

4.7 out of 5 stars 393 customer reviews
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  • Thickness: 2mm (Shovel Head)
  • Handle: Hardwood
  • Overall Length: 19.68"
  • Material: Medium carbon steel
  • Sheath: Not included Overall Length: 20.50" Carry System: N/A Weight: 1.60 lbs.
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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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Technical Details

Part Number CS92SF
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 21 x 3 x 6 inches
Item model number 92SF
Color Black, Wood
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B00169V99K
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4.7 out of 5 stars 393 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #28,050 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#27 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Gardening Tools > Spades, Shovels & Trowels > Shovels
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available September 14, 2004

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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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By Bravo Pete 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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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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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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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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I want to love this shovel, but it simply didn't live up to its advertisements. I purchased mine years ago from Cold Steel's catalog. (I was and still am disappointed at the extra cost of the sheath, and did not purchase one). The shovel held up to testing, throwing, sharpening, and digging field latrines just fine. Twice I used it to chip into ice under stuck tires to place branches for traction. The second time, the blade cracked vertically alongside the socket. The hard steel is too brittle for a working shovel. I found the US military E-tool to be MUCH tougher. The hardwood handle, on the other hand, is superb. I had ordered a spare, expecting the shovel head to outlast the handle. After this proved untrue, I attached the original handle to a regular garden spade. The result is an extremely portable shovel with a broad blade that has withstood all of the hacking and chipping I have thrown at it (including a solid twenty minutes or so of hacking at the ground to put out a grass fire someone's cigarette had started along the freeway). My spare handle is still in pristine condition, waiting for the original to break on the garden spade. I love Cold Steel, but this one's a miss. Buy just the handle if Cold Steel is still offering replacements, and put it on a regular shovel blade.
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