Russian field spade, straight, spring steel
Throw away every blade you've got and get one of these instead! When the only way to take out a terrorist is to throw a shovel in his forehead while doing a backflip, accept no substitutes.
Very simple, very durable and pretty sharp when considering that, when all is said and done, this is a shovel. All the metal used in this is heat treated spring steel. You know, the stuff found on the suspension of proper heavy army trucks. Come to think of it, maybe the material is actually stolen from an Ural truck rusting in some godforsaken scrap yard. The handle is birch. Now, we were taught in school that birch is the only proper wood type for anything that's made of wood, probably because that's all you're ever going to find if you go into the woods up here (ie. out your front door). The overall attention to small details - or lack of it - is typically Russian, but these are pretty damn strong and surprisingly well made.
They advertise this as a tool for rocky and clay-ridden terrain. Hell, it might work for that too, but we think this belongs right next to your chainsaw and shotgun for when shit hits the fan.
Length about 50 cm, weight 765 grams.
Made by Tactic-9
Factory new, made in Russia by Tactic-9 - that's right, these are no Western copies, but come directly from some non-heated factory near Moscow!
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Albert H. 02.04.2018
Andreas P. 03.04.2018
Matthew H. 09.06.2018
It's very robust, throws well, can split dry wood if needed to but not as well as an axe obviously. For digging it's effective if not fast but, for such a portable package can you ask more? I have seen these fixed to Ural sidecars for emergencies though, I dread to think what emergency would require a weaponised spade while riding a sidecar outfit.