Thursday, January 19, 2012

Basic Survival: Survival Shovel - To Dig In Or Cut Down


(NOT me in the video)


In case you have you not already read the initial article explaining important concepts...
read the following article first:


The Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel
(Cold Steel's version of the Soviet Spetsnaz (Special Forces) shovel)


One of the keys to being a good Bug Out Bag equipment piece is its versatility.  
One piece should be able to do more than one function.

Built in redundancy is a safety measure more than it is an economic one.

A critical piece of equipment's basic function
 simply must be able to be fulfilled by another
in your Bug Out Bag in case of loss or failure.

Another important aspect of the equipment piece...
it must be compact without sacrificing its reliability.

None of the pieces must be prohibitively expensive...
or it simply won't be bought.

While this may not be a factor with a single person...
when multiples must be bought...
it can be a factor.

This shovel excels in all aspects.

As you can see in the video...
it is a very solid, reliable, and versatile digging, chopping, and cutting tool.

It can be bought for about $30.00 - $35.00 delivered...with the cordura case 
(a must have with the shovel - you don't wish to cut into your bag).

Another great feature of this shovel...
it is readily repairable and modifiable in the field.

The handle is very solid.
However, should it break...
a new wooden handle could be
readily made and installed in short order.

You may also modify it with a much longer handle
for extended digging (time or distance).

BEWARE...
there are very few folding...
and even fewer extending shovels...
that can stand up to the rigors of extended field use.

When they do fail...
many are simply not easily field repairable.

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GENERAL RULE:

Simplicity is king - 
where there are fewer parts (especially moving parts)...
there are fewer things to go wrong
(They are generally stronger also).

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Just some possible uses of this shovel - other than to dig with
(as an emergency back-up):

1)  Machete or light axe - to clear a trail, chop kindling...
shelter making...etc.

2)  Knife 

3)  Raft Paddle

4)  Weapon



You now have a recommendation for a particular piece of equipment...
one I have chosen for my Bug Out Bag.


NOW...
why is being able to dig efficiently so important?


Because...
in extreme weather temperatures and conditions...
safety often lies underground.

Because...
where there is no visible surface water...
there sometimes lies just below the surface...
extractable and life sustaining amounts.

Because...
where there is a scarcity of food on the surface...
in many parts of the world...
a great hunting preserve lies just underneath our feet.

As the focus of this article is the shovel...
I shall go into reasons and methods of digging
to effect the means of survival... in later articles.


2 comments:

  1. Love that shovel! Calling it a shovel diminishes what it can do... gotta come up with a name more suitable for its capabilities.

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  2. I also really like it. It really is a great tool to have. I also agree...it deserves a catchy name!

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