Metalsmith Hassan Abu-Izmero came up with the idea to build a modular outdoor tool that works as a pickaxe, a saw, and a shovel in one. While there are off-the-shelf tools with similar versatility, we appreciate the work that went into Hassan’s custom-built multitool.
This steel and aluminum shovel collapses down to 24″ x 11″ x 2.75″, and opens up to support up to 1000 pounds. It adjusts between 24″, 37″, 51″ length and its spade-style blade digs through the toughest dirt. At 6 lb. 5 oz. it’s pretty light, but if you’re looking to minimize pack weight, check out DMOS’ all-aluminum Delta Pro.
Mega Process takes us on a tour of Zion Industrial Co., which apparently is the last shovel factory in South Korea. The laborious process starts with freshly-cut oak trees, milling the timber into boards, sanding until round, trimming, then splitting, steaming, and bending the wood to hold the shape for its handle.
Thanks to its ability to fold down to just 9.37″ long, this shovel is perfect for camping and hiking. Gerber Gear’s stainless steel shovel head has a serrated edge to help dig through tough ground, turf, and even ice. Its shaft is made from anodized aluminum to help cut down on weight, keeping it to about 2 pounds.
EST Gear’s shovel weighs just 2.5 lb, but it also works as 17 other tools. Its functions include an axe, a saw, wrenches, a screwdriver, a knife, compass, firestarter, a whistle, and more. It’s made of high-quality carbon steel and aluminum alloy and comes with a lifetime warranty.
This ultra-light, but sturdy aluminum alloy shovel makes quick work of digging latrines when camping. It travels easily in your backpack, and can be used standalone in soft soil, or attaches to sticks with reusable heavy duty ties for extra leverage in hard soil. Now don’t forget to pack plenty of toilet paper.
This collapsible carbon steel and aluminum shovel fits inside of a compact carrying bag, yet offers 16 functions. In addition to shoveling, it works as a saw, hammer, axe, wire cutter, screwdriver, hacksaw, knife, hook, hoe, ice pick, firestarter, whistle, disgorger, ruler, and even a bottle opener. A must-have in every car trunk.
FiveJoy’s versatile and compact tool belongs in the trunk of every car. It packs a heavy duty shovel, axe, hoe, hook, a serrated saw edge, firestarter, whistle, and more, making it the perfect tool for getting out of a bind, and for everyday tasks in the outdoors.
The AM-V2 is a 5-in-1 hand tool for outdoor living. Its carbon fiber reinforced nylon handle connects with three different interchangeable heads to provide a shovel, axe, hammer, saw, and a tent-peg puller that doubles as a bottle opener. A 2-stage CAM lock ensures a secure connection between hammer and tool.
We’re digging the compact, foldable design of the Delta adventure shovel from DMOS Collective. Built with the off-road and overland community in mind this tough tool was designed for the backcountry, whether to plant a tree, repair a trail, or dig out a stuck vehicle. Available with an aluminum or cold-rolled steel blade.
Coming for winter 2018, the Tusk is a compact and versatile tool for getting rid of snow and ice from a variety of surfaces. It has an ice scraper, a retractable spade with cutting teeth, squeegee wings to safely remove ice from vehicles, and doubles as a safety reflector.
A larger and tougher version of DMOS’ Stealth Shovel. It has an aluminum alloy blade that can handle anything from leaves to ice. Its versatile blade also has serrated teeth, strap slots for portability and replaceable gliders to protect floors. It also has a retractable handle.