Gerber Gorge vs Cold Steel Spetsnaz Shovel – Urban Survival


Which e-tool is best for a bug out bag? The Gerber Gorge or Cold Steel Spetsnaz shovel? Weight, durability, dependability and ergonomics considered, the Cold Steel Special Forces shovel is the clear choice for me. It’s sturdy and versatile and is a perfect addition to a bug out system, or even for weekend campers. The Special Forces Shovel is modeled after the original Soviet Spetznaz shovel. The Spetznaz soldiers made up the most elite unit in the Soviet Army. The US equivalent would be our Green Berets. The shovel head and socket are forged from medium carbon steel, then heat treated for maximum strength. The edges come sharpened to a utility/axe edge that can easily be improved to razor sharpness. The Special Forces Shovel comes complete with a specially made cordura sheath. The sheath features an extra wide belt loop. The sheath and the shovel are available for sale as a stand alone items.

25 Comments on "Gerber Gorge vs Cold Steel Spetsnaz Shovel – Urban Survival"

  1. wepreferpie | July 28, 2010 at 1:51 am |

    well the german shovel and spetznaz shovel we also used as weapons and throw the sharp or jagged egdes at at a target it is fatal thats why its heavy and the pick can be used to detcet mines and entrench

  2. ninjadude126 | July 28, 2010 at 2:34 am |

    @envirosponsible thats kool i have a friend that lives there

  3. envirosponsible | July 28, 2010 at 2:47 am |

    @ninjadude126 I grew up in Cambridge and live in Whitby now.

  4. ninjadude126 | July 28, 2010 at 3:18 am |

    @envirosponsible grate toronto area georgetown ontario its its near milton acton guelgh and brampton hamilton oakville burlington a small town sorounded by city

  5. @envirosponsible I dig the hat. Is it cotton or synth?

  6. envirosponsible | July 28, 2010 at 4:51 am |

    @icychap Thanks Icy.

  7. envirosponsible | July 28, 2010 at 5:31 am |

    @SECRETBOL That’s what I was thinking too.

  8. envirosponsible | July 28, 2010 at 5:41 am |

    @CdnLifeguard71 Hey Nate. I got this at Le Baron’s in Markham.

  9. envirosponsible | July 28, 2010 at 5:58 am |

    @Blaineeer I’d like to see the newer design.

  10. envirosponsible | July 28, 2010 at 6:32 am |

    @ninjadude126 Where abouts in Canada?

  11. wildlifelessons | July 28, 2010 at 7:18 am |

    about the german folding shovel, i have been whaling on it for a long time and the weight is definatly made up by use of it, also in a long term survival sutuation, you can use the pick/hoe to turn the ground for a garden.

  12. jmansens9309 | July 28, 2010 at 7:37 am |

    Good times with German military cs special forces one and that LOST then found rotting racoon

  13. grappler321 | July 28, 2010 at 8:27 am |

    wot about the NATO gerber???? any good

  14. ninjadude126 | July 28, 2010 at 9:23 am |

    were can you get cold steel in ontario or any were in canada?

  15. Matroxxtriste | July 28, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    awesome, i’ve been looking at the spets shovel as my old issue three-way shovel is pretty much kaput, collar ring collapsed.

  16. German army has something better now, thats a 1970s design 😉

  17. stormbird451 | July 28, 2010 at 10:55 am |

    Great review! I have a US army surplus one in my truck, same basic design as the German one but has the plastic nut like the Gerber. I bought mine as ‘research’ for a zombie novel and it is good in self-defense. I’ve only used it to dig my truck out of a snowdrift, where it worked very well.

    I like your perspective on preparedness as a Canadian; the US tends towards gun preparedness more than might be necessary. A zombie apocalypse is only slightly likely, imho. One chance in three? 😉

  18. rippinreefa | July 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |

    just a thought…. you should review flints…and other fire starting mechanisms

  19. CdnLifeguard71 | July 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    Great comparisons. Keep it up the good work. Where did you get the CS Shovel? Nate

  20. RodneyAHampton | July 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm |

    My dad has an old e-tool from WWII. It was made by Piqua Wood Shovel in my home town (now long out of business). It’s got a nice long wood handle that I think is oak. Dad has been using it for years to dig trenches. They just don’t make em like they used to.

  21. TheTacticalsurvivor | July 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    nice vid bro! i’m buyin the cold steel shovel soon. Hey this just came to me what did you pay for your recon scout?

  22. MINDWISEMAN | July 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

    Nice review…….and for a bit of leisure add a tennis or squash ball to the fixed handled shovel for a round of bat & ball (I jest) :-)) Have similar to your German one although my handle folds, not too bad. Recently acquired a pocket stainless steel, fold handle mini trowel shovel . For it’s size and weight it’s great as an on your body tool. Will upload some info’ about both soon.

  23. pyrokid320 | July 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm |

    The CS’ handle is it’s only weak point just because it is wood. They can’t make wood any stronger than it already is.

  24. scutter4christ | July 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm |

    Thanks for the review!

    One thought, the pic could actually be used as a weapon in a survival situation. Just a thought.

  25. SECRETBOL | July 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm |

    Good review I would have the cold steel- in my vehicle.
    the German pick/shovel at my BOL.

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