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I'm in the market for a folding shovel. I need it to weigh under 1.5lbs and be able to take one **** of a beating. My only experience with folding shovels is digging foxholes with the USGI tri-folder, which worked great, but I wondered if anybody here had any extensive experience with a shovel they found worked BETTER than the USGI tri-folder?

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You could check out the Glock ET17070 Entrenching Tool. I've used one and it is stout but, pricey. 2lbs total weight and it has a collapsible handle.
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I bought a Gerber. Pricey, but very solid. The Glock is also nice.
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Hey guys,

I'm in the market for a folding shovel. I need it to weigh under 1.5lbs and be able to take one **** of a beating. My only experience with folding shovels is digging foxholes with the USGI tri-folder, which worked great, but I wondered if anybody here had any extensive experience with a shovel they found worked BETTER than the USGI tri-folder?

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I don't think it gets any better it digs,splits wood,hoes,cuts thrue roots on and on and on. Folds up small into a carrier, legal to have in you truck and its a way good hand held self defence club.
There is the chinese military shovel WJQ 308 but thats a 100 bucks look it up on the utube

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Get an old style entrenching tool. Like one from the early Viet Nam era, not a tri-fold. Those older e-tools are great. When I was with the paratroopers none of us wanted the tri-folds because they weren't as sturdy as the older model tools. We would sit around and sharpen the shovel end and the pick end of them in case we needed to use them for fighting. You want to see true love? Give an old paratrooper one of those E-tools and watch him work with that.

Have you ever seen the video of the Chinese guys and their E-tools? Same thing with them and American paratroopers.

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Neat video. Thanks for posting.
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I sell a few different models in my store the best selling is the Gerber 22-41578 Gorge Folding Shovel for $25.
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Bushcraft Canada is selling them.
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Another vote for the Glock.

I have not tried the Gerber, but have extensive experience using the Glock spade.

It is a monster, and it also has a seriously stout saw blade concealed in the handle that allows you to cut through tree roots and other vegetation.

I'm real happy with mine.
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Glock, you have a shovel that has different positions strong and saw.
Folds up nice and compact.......
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Thanks everyone for turning me onto these different shovels. I went with a Gerber 33 based on the ammount of positive online reviews and feedback. The Glock looks like it would've worked just as well, but I couldn't find as many positive reviews and feedback for it. The Gerber gorge just had suprisingly horrible reviews across the board.

Thanks again for your help!
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The gerber tri-folding shovel is the only one that I have used...and the only one that I will ever use. Why change what works?
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I have the GI issued one and it works awesome.
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I like the GI trifold and the cold steel spetznatz Got many a blister from digging our crew serve fighting postions... Unfortunate the Spetz does not come with folding shovel to pick, hoe, etc Old wood 'Nam e-tools are better weapons, like the Spetznatz. Good axe, throwing weapon, and decent digger. Just lacks 'pick' function and thats big to me...

The Glock looks like the lightest one I'd like. Trifolds are too bulky/heavy for me. Just a truck tool now... And theyre not much cheaper.
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Gerber. I put an edge on the non-serrated side and it holds quite nicely for machete type hacking.
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this is a tad heaveier but it's a friggin tank

http://www.gearupcenter.com/new-crovel-extreme/
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Bushcraft Canada is selling them.
$150.00 though. Way cheaper to be had in other places.
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I don't like the USGI tri folder, it's a horrible contraption. looks cool till you try to dig a hole with it, guess it's ok for gardening and burying your poop. The WJQ-308 is built pretty good but not worth the over $100 price tag.

I'd get the cold steel shovel. it doesn't fold thou.
http://www.coldsteel.com/spshovel.html
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I own a couple of these:
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Did you know that this was in the Bible?

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Deuteronomy 23:13
"Each of you must have a spade as part of your equipment. Whenever you relieve yourself, dig a hole with the spade and cover the excrement."
I know this does not answer the OP but, I thought it was interesting.
"Biblical Field Craft".

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