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Shovels
« on: October 23, 2016, 11:38:42 pm »
Last time I went to Russia, I joked that I wanted to bring back some good shovels as souvenirs. I encountered a couple of military surplus stores, but the shovels were always in used condition. So I forgot about it.

However, I recently stumbled upon youtube videos of some in action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIlceAZBRdA

The above one is a reasonably priced replica. A nice piece of engineering, however, a bit too shiny for regular use.

Seems really balanced:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxxXw83ifaU

Turns out the stuff was on ebay all along. Initially I thought about getting foldable ones, but it seems like durability gets drastically reduced in such models. I settled for a light weight titanium model (for hiking) and a steel version for stationary purposes (car or home). Will try to "review" them when I get them, but most likely I will have to wait until it's season again.

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Re: Shovels
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 12:05:39 am »
Well looks like i am going to get my  self one of these shovels.

If i need a job done just use a shovel

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Re: Shovels
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 07:11:16 pm »
Received them now, but need to get some kind of holster. They are not heavy at all, I thought the steel one would be a burden to carry, but it's surprisingly light. Unfortunately the steel shovel needs some sharpening though, and I got my tools at a different place. Will have to wait until summer to test them.

The Cold Steel version comes pre-sharpened, but the wood of the original one is birch which is more durable than the tropical wood used in the replica.
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Re: Shovels
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2016, 05:40:31 am »
interesting.
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