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Old 09-04-2014, 12:53 AM
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Shovel or Digging Implement

For bushcraft, what do you use for digging? Have you found a lightweight shovel that you prefer?

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Old 09-04-2014, 11:00 PM
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For bushcraft, what do you use for digging? Have you found a lightweight shovel that you prefer?

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I've stuck with this folding number from Coleman for ages. Its not super light but its solid. Doubles as a pickaxe. Its solid enough I could probably sharpen the edge so its an ersatz Axe but I haven't gotten around to it. The pouch has a belt loop so I can carry it in many situations.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:59 PM
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I carry a metal U-Dig-It for the obvious latrine duty. I keep it semi-sharp with a file so it will cut into the hardest ground.

I've never resorted to a shovel for bushcraft but if I needed one, I'd just use the U-Dig-It since it's always with me. If I had to hollow out a trench in the ground as part of a shelter, it would take a long time since it's small. But for making a fire pit, it would work quite well.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:01 PM
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I got a QiWiz Big Dig titanium trowel a couple years ago and it's very light, cuts through roots well, and pretty much indestructible.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:15 PM
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I got a QiWiz Big Dig titanium trowel a couple years ago and it's very light, cuts through roots well, and pretty much indestructible.

Big digs are nice. If the Coleman tool ever craps out on me that's my replacement.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:15 AM
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I have several digging implements. The U-Dig-It or the Chinese copy work well in a variety of soils (the plastic trowels are fine for loose soil but in packed or gravelly soil will break. The U-Dig-It is in my canoe kit.

Montbell sells a nice stainless steel trowel that is sturdy and quite light. It is one-piece of stainless steel looking a bit like a good-sized spoon. This is the one I usually carry.

I don't usually carry an e-tool except in the truck. For that (and if I do ever have to lug a shovel) I have the Glock spade. This is lighter than the GI tri-fold, has a straight telescopic handle, folds to about the same size as the GI type including the 90 degree pick arrangement. The Glock also has a so-so saw in the handle.

All of my digging tools have sharpened edges for cutting into soil, not wood, and on most I have cut a half-round root-cutting notch in the tip.

I do NOT use a shovel as an axe. An effective shovel has a scoop shape, sharp, scoop-shaped blades have a strong tendency to strike glancing blows and can cut a very serious wound in the leg when they do. If you need to chop carry an axe, hatchet or large knife designed for the purpose. A nasty leg wound does little to enhance the wilderness experience.
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