Cold Steel Speznas Shovel

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  1. JohnGer

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    Hello!

    Maybe an old one....

    But since my old German Army folding shovel is all rusty and it´s sheath smells tatty cause it went wet a lot etc. I decided to get a new one.

    I am thinking about getting one of these Cold Steel Shovels.

    How is your experience with these?

    The only one thing that I don't like about it, is that you can´t use the shovel as a pickaxe.... But maybe your experiences way that out.

    Thanks!

    John
     
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    Definitely sturdy and can't go wrong for the price. Nice thing is if the wood handle breaks then it is essy to replace. I will always keep mine.
     
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    I use the heck out of mine. I chop small trees with it, dig , split kindling, throw it into rotten stumps and big trees (dead).

    Bang for the buck.

    I do highly recommend using blue or red loctite on the recessed bolt.
     
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    It is somewhat difficult but I have used mine to do Flint [Rock] and Steel [Shovel] Fire.
    I keep one side sharp for cutting and one side for beating with rocks to make fire.

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    I carry mine a lot when out foraging as it has many uses.
    Great Tool and easy to carve a handle if needed...........


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    I think you need one........................
     
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    Just to add,
    I did some limited testing among my family of small shovels.
    For me the C.S. Shovel came out on top.........
    L to R: C.S.-U.S.-Glock-Russian.

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    Thank you very much for your answers so far!

    BTW is there a story behind this shovel? I mean, sure, the Name says "Speznas" and Special Forces- but which gear item doesn't have this in its name.... But is there story about it´s use in the Soviet / Russian Army?
     
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    I have a CS shovel I bought back in the 80's - love it.
    got to do some functional comparisons with vintage eastern block shovels & the CS is the better tool.
     
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    @Theo gifted me one several years ago, great tool. It now resides in my old truck.
     
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    Mine is near or perhaps even over 20 years old. Spade, machete, toilet trowel,boat paddle, even a spatula one time ;) Great tool well worth having.
     
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    Yeah, yeah.... ok... ok guys.... I ordered one ;)
     
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    I have one that I used and abused and it’s held up really well. You will not be disappointed.
     
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    Excellent bang for the buck plus quite a bit of fun as a thrower. @erik, didn't we throw one all weekend at Ethan Becker's place a few years back?
     
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    yup - that was my 80's vintage model.
    the other one we tried throwing that bent was the actual eastern block shovel.
     
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    There we go..... The normal folding shovel seems to dig a bit better but the Cold Steel Speznas Shovel is much, much lighter....

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    I want one for the truck... it's in my Amazon wish list.
     
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    BTW... do you guys resharpen that thing?
     
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    I have always used a small round file like is used for sharpening chainsaws, but for the Spetz itself I have only honed it once or twice in 2 decades that I can recall. I would think any type of metal file would be fine.
     
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    I keep one edge sharp for cutting.
    I keep the opposite side dull for beating and for Flint and steel fire.........
     
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