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CS special forces shovel , winter use.

The Magician

Jan 19, 2000
On this last Wednes day we received 14 inches of snow. This is unusual for us here. The record was 12inches, set in 1917. Anyway, I ended up needing to dig the car otu of the drive. I do not own a snow shovel, or a regular shovel for that matter. I started trying to use a broom to clear the snow, but the handle broke. I have been carrying a CSSFS (cold steel special forces shovel}in my car trunk for a couple of years. I sharpened mine on all edges. I used the shovel to remove snow around car for a walking path. The shovel did not work well for this as it is rath small and too heavy for this type of work. It did excell however when I used it to chop some branches from A pine tree in the yard to use under the tires for traction.All said, if you get in the ditch it is better than nothing. It is a trade off, for you will more likely keep this small shovel in your car over a real snow shovel.

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My SpecFor Shovel sits in my truck; generally used for making fire pits or latrines when camping, burying entrails after a kill, or other camp chores. It's helped me out a few times chopping and crushing ice. I keep one edge relatively sharp, and have been very happy with it's performance in clearing broken limbs from truck/atv/snowmobile trails after a good storm. It really is a good thrower, too, when camp life begins to get mundane.
I have what I believe to be an old East German entrenching tool, Very much like the CS Special Forces Shovel, except square tip rather than pointed. Edge is sharpened so it chops just as well but a lot better for scraping. The curve in the blade makes it pretty good for splitting fire wood as well.


P.S. If you go out and get a real snow shovel you will never need it again for the rest of your life. . . Sounds like a good investment to me.

On the other hand, if you like it drop me a line. We have a spare room and all the snow you could possibly want.

I carry a British one I picked up for $14 in a second hand store... has a pick as well, and is about twice as sturdy as the US Army shovel. I used a chainsaw file to make scallops/serrations along the edge, great for cutting roots in fibrous ground. Pick and head fold down to make it even more compact.
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">P.S. If you go out and get a real snow shovel you will never need it again for the rest of your life. . . Sounds like a good investment to me.</font>


I've noticed that as well. Kind of like carrying an umbrella, I guess.

I find the CS shovel a bit clumbersome for dragging snow away from the tires. Like you say it will work. I use a East German model which has a pick and shovel which can be folded shut, 90 degree, and open. I use it in the 90 degree position scrape snow from the tires.