We got our hands on the new folding shovel from SurvivalHax.com and spent a morning evaluating it’s quality and usefulness while doing some of the late-fall chores around our property. As usual, we’ll let the photos do most of the talking.
The Survival Shovel with Pickax and Fire starter was provided to us free of charge in exchange for an honest review to be written and posted to this blog. I hope you find it informative.
The shovel arrived in it’s own pouch with a descriptive outer box. It boasts the following features:
- Manganese-steel alloy Shovel blade with saw teeth on one of it’s edges
- Threaded, take-down handle
- Flint fire-starter built into the handle’s end cap
- Storage pouch
- 24″ assembled length and just under 9″ when collapsed.
There’s no question that this is a quality product. You will see some of the finer points in the photos below.
These are the pieces of the kit. The hollow handle is split and threaded. The components and fire starter appear to be of very good quality.
Nice, tight lock-up. Stout rivets and mounting brackets on both the pick and shovel.
Side-by-side comparison of the SurvivalHax shovel and a little Harbor Freight shovel that is kept with the gear in my Jeep.
That’s the initial review. After the photo session, I put the Survival Shovel to work around the property. It’s late November and we had some final gardening chores to take care of before the ground became too frozen.
Here are my thoughts:
- I am impressed with the quality of this shovel so far.
- I like the stout,hollow handle, it has the potential to store additional survival gear.
- The lock-nut creates an very strong mechanical lock up and performs well when digging.
- I like the flint fire-starter.
- I think this would be an awesome e-tool to keep in your vehicle.
Some concerns that I have:
This shovel weighs 2 pounds, 4 ounces. This is a relatively massive amount of weight so this item will not be included in any of our essential personal gear. In comparison, the little Harbor Freight shovel shown in the photo above weighs in at 1 pound 10 ounces, the 10 ounce difference may not sound like much but is readily noticeable when both shovels are lifted.
The threads in the shovel’s handle are absolutely well machined. However, after a lifetime of equipment repair as a profession, I see a problem waiting to happen here. Dirt and threads never mix.
About the saw feature…. While this may be something to use when there is no other option, I was not overwhelmed by it’s usefulness right out of the box. The teeth are stamped out of the blade. If a person was handy with a Dremel or file, these teeth could be sharpened enough to become an efficient cutting edge.
Overall, I feel that this is a superb product. It will not be added to our first-line personal gear and it definitely does not make the cut for our backpacking gear but it will make a great shovel to keep in a vehicle emergency kit.
The Survival Folding Shovel is available directly from SurvivalHax.com
or through Amazon