The best shovels and entrenching tools on the market now that can slice, shovel and defend in an extreme backwoods survival situation. Browning Outdoorsman ShovelPhoto by BrowningThis 22.5-inch tool permits the shovel blade to be folded back along the handle much like the old GI entrenching tools.
An entrenching tool can be used to dig a slit trench or a sanitation ditch, to bury trash, or to clear a spot to pitch a tent. One thing is certain: They make life easier for the person who finds him or herself in a survival situation. The shaft is also made of metal, so it can’t rot or develop splinters like wooden ones can. And because it’s small, it can easily be stored in the back of a vehicle to help dig out if you’re stuck. Some designs have serrated edges for cutting, others have a pick for digging in hard soil, and more than one has been used as a last-resort weapon in a desperate fight.
And that little shovel can be pretty important to survival—just ask the soldier who carries an entrenching tool to dig a hole for protection from incoming fire.


Sure, it will help you dig a hole, but it also comes with a saw stowed in the handle, making it a real cutting tool as well.
The shovel blade is heat treated and can be locked in three different positions to make digging that hole a little easier.
The handle telescopes to increase or decrease length, and the whole unit folds up and fits in a pouch that can be carried on a belt or backpack. Its un-foldable design adds strength and eliminates a feature that could bind or become frozen with rust or debris. This hardwood-handled shovel is based on the shovel used by elite Russian Spetsnaz forces, so it is robust and built to stand up under hard use. The carbon-steel head is heat treated to increase strength, and the edges are sharpened to help cut through wood. Gerber designed it to be tough enough for military use by equipping it with an aluminum shaft for strength and a light weight of 2.3 pounds. The handle is glass-filled nylon, which is tough and won’t rot or rust when it gets wet—and an entrenching tool will get wet.


With a forged steel head, the Entrenching Tool is built for digging in all types of terrain, yet it can be folded to reduce its length for carrying and stowage.
If you’ve ever tried digging hard soil with the average entrenching tool, you’ll appreciate this feature.
The blade is made of blackened 1075 carbon steel for strength and durability, and the overall length is 26 inches when unfolded and extended.
The SOG Elite comes with a saw blade and a pouch, so it can be used for cutting wood, digging holes or getting your vehicle unstuck. A glass-reinforced nylon handle keeps weight down to 24.8 ounces, yet the unit is still strong enough for tough digging jobs.




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