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  1. Thanks for the useless link. It doesn't say anything about LB, these were special issue kits, different from the IFAK issued to ground troops. These kits are better than the issue IFAK.
  2. Maybe my last post wasn't clear, or maybe you just don't care, but I AM DONE DISCUSSING THIS. All of you that love your E-tool stick to it and keep the smartass comments to your selves. I didn't know that we only talked about American made products. I gues I can't talk about my rifle anymore, damn. AMEN!
  3. Well, opinion's are like...... Oh, and by the way, I just buried a 60' cable line run with it. Why couldn't you dig a drip line? Might take longer, but only a dullard couldn't figure it out. "Oh, and by the way, I just buried a 60' cable line run with it. Why couldn't you dig a drip line? Might take longer, but only a dullard couldn't figure it out." "Work smart not hard!" comes to mind. Do it a thousand times and tell me how you like using the cold steel over a e-tool. It's a nice novelty shovel. You will regret drilling a lanyard hole into the handle. I have split several handles and have owned a few of them. I get them at cost from my friends shop. They are really fun to throw. That's about it. The cheap metal comes from china. Not only would I not cook off it, the shape makes it hard to do so. The original spetznaz is a flat spade that is really nice for camping. you can cook meat on the flat blade. The steel lasts and holds it's edge. The cold steel metal will easily take a razor sharp edge and last about one wack to a tree. Every time you sharpen it, material is lost. A significant ammount. I have several very early examples of Cold Steel. At first they were an innovative company. My friend who came back from Vietnam was given several blades to test out at sea. He used them in commercial diving applications in California. He still has them and I still have very early production tanto blades. The blades back then were made with quality Japanes steel. The new stuff is really shit compared to what they used to be. Chinese made shit. Anyway, just my real world opinion from someone who served in the infantry and used and humped a E tool around for years and has owned several cold steel products and multiple "wannabe spetznaz" shovels. Fun to throw, don't count on it lasting. They were talking about using the handle of the tri-fold to cook with. If your going to make an arguement, at least get the facts right. This started as a thread to tell people I had good results with an inexpensive shovel. Not to argue about which was better. If I had wanted that input, the title would have been "Which shovel is better, the E-tool or Spetsnaz?" But it wasn't, it has worked well for me, has kept its edge, and I have been using the hell out of it for the last two days. Every arguement against it I have tried, and cannot produce the results everybody complains about. I threw it a a tree a few times, but then decide that was dumb. If I wanted to break it maybe I would keep throwing it at a tree, then I could complain because I did something stupid and it broke. But it has proven itself for me. That's it. That's all this was supposed to be. If you like the E-tool, fine. If you don't like Cold Steel, great. I could care less. I keep an open mind and try things for myself. Like I said, I have used and abused it, and I still like it. Over, Done, Finished. To all those who want to try it, you won't be dissapointed in my view. I buy surplus from the govt. and when they list 20 e-tools on the manifest, if I get one that still works I'm doing good. To say that the E-tools don't ever break is just crazy. I see it first hand all the time. But the discussion over which is better, why Cold Steel sucks, and all this other bullshit is over.
  4. Well, opinion's are like...... Oh, and by the way, I just buried a 60' cable line run with it. Why couldn't you dig a drip line? Might take longer, but only a dullard couldn't figure it out.
  5. I never thought of using my e-tool for a grappling hook. GREAT IDEA! Thanks BpS12. I can shave my arm hair with it, pretty good for a shovel.
  6. All the US E-tools had wood handles up until the tri-fold. Never had one break, so that isn't an issue for me. Don't think I would ever throw this either. I could, just don't think I ever would. As far as a melee weapon, I think this shovel could take an arm off, try that with the dull E-tool blade. Once I had my hands on this, I knew the potential. On Deadliest Warrior, when they did Spetsnaz vs, Green Berets, if they had compared these two, the Spetsnaz would have won, hands down. This is also lighter than the US shovel, far more balance. I love US surplus, I own a surplus store, but if I had to pick, Spetsnaz all the way. All I'm gonna say is that you can actually sharpen the E-tool. Yes I'm aware that the Ye Old Faithful E-tools had a wooden handle prior to the Tri-fold, I have seen many a video of them packed by troops in WWII, Korea and Nam. Mine is a tri-fold. I have a very light weight sharpener that is very easy to pack and I know I can use it. Problem solved. It also looks like I might want a Trench Hawk in the future though. I like the design, can be utilatarian for sure. Did somebody say you couldn't sharpen the Cold Steel? While everybody else is taking their shovels out of the pouch, unfolding, and locking the blade in place, I'll start killing the enemy. My shovel has a sharper edge than issue bayonets, and can be sharpened with ANY sharpener, unlike the E-tool. To each his own, but I've made my choice. You have to use one to appreciate it, if you have'nt used it? Why is it this forum seems so butthurt all the time when someone has a differing opinion. My point was that while the Cold Steel version is sharp, it's not like you can't sharpen the e-tool. That was the point, not the other way around. Seriously, why would I say you can't sharpen the Cold Steel shovel? lol It would be on my part be a lack of logic don't you think. I'd be a real moron if I meant it that way. lol In all actuallity though while the shovel is sharp, there are lots of ways to stop a threat in a combat environment, lots of ways. Sharp objects can help but there are other ways. Like for instance in combat, lets say your shovel goes dull from using it to dig a foxhole (dirt's bad about that, sucks) sounds like you're in the e-tool boat now right? Haven't had time to sharpen it, too much fighting in your area, big issues have broke out. Threat rushes you. What do you do? Well one way to stop him is to hit him with the shovel (since you already broke it out and it's laying there for an easy grab) right in the throat, crushing his airway. I'll bet he'll stop now. lol Can't breathe. If he doesn't stop for some odd reason, with either shovel again, you can continue to put him in the hurt locker with as many strikes as it takes. Both will do the job man. Just comes down to preferance. That's all. Just trying to provide proper perspective is all. Have you used the Cold Steel? Just wondering since you advocate one over the other. This wasn't a discussion over which is better, If you like the E-tool, great. This was to give people a heads up on a superior tool. I have used both, and the arguement is over for me, I know which I like best. You can't argue for one or the other if you haven't used both. You can say why you like it, but this thread is not for that. It is to tell people about the Cold Steel. If you use it, and don't like it, post your own review of it and give reasons why, not from a picture.
  7. All the US E-tools had wood handles up until the tri-fold. Never had one break, so that isn't an issue for me. Don't think I would ever throw this either. I could, just don't think I ever would. As far as a melee weapon, I think this shovel could take an arm off, try that with the dull E-tool blade. Once I had my hands on this, I knew the potential. On Deadliest Warrior, when they did Spetsnaz vs, Green Berets, if they had compared these two, the Spetsnaz would have won, hands down. This is also lighter than the US shovel, far more balance. I love US surplus, I own a surplus store, but if I had to pick, Spetsnaz all the way. All I'm gonna say is that you can actually sharpen the E-tool. Yes I'm aware that the Ye Old Faithful E-tools had a wooden handle prior to the Tri-fold, I have seen many a video of them packed by troops in WWII, Korea and Nam. Mine is a tri-fold. I have a very light weight sharpener that is very easy to pack and I know I can use it. Problem solved. It also looks like I might want a Trench Hawk in the future though. I like the design, can be utilatarian for sure. Did somebody say you couldn't sharpen the Cold Steel? While everybody else is taking their shovels out of the pouch, unfolding, and locking the blade in place, I'll start killing the enemy. My shovel has a sharper edge than issue bayonets, and can be sharpened with ANY sharpener, unlike the E-tool. To each his own, but I've made my choice. You have to use one to appreciate it, if you have'nt used it?
  8. Trench Hawk is awesome, I've had one for a while, right after they came out. The blade comes incredibly sharp, and holds an edge well. you won't be disapointed.
  9. All the US E-tools had wood handles up until the tri-fold. Never had one break, so that isn't an issue for me. Don't think I would ever throw this either. I could, just don't think I ever would. As far as a melee weapon, I think this shovel could take an arm off, try that with the dull E-tool blade. Once I had my hands on this, I knew the potential. On Deadliest Warrior, when they did Spetsnaz vs, Green Berets, if they had compared these two, the Spetsnaz would have won, hands down. This is also lighter than the US shovel, far more balance. I love US surplus, I own a surplus store, but if I had to pick, Spetsnaz all the way.
  10. Over the winter I was looking for a more versatile replacement for my US trifold shovel. I looked at many and decided to try the Cold Steel. I liked the fact it could be used as a shovel, machete, and a melee weapon. When I got it, I dug into a few 2x4's. I was impressed. I put some Mcnett multicam tape on the handle, added a lanyard. And put it on the shelf. Today I decided to get it out and see how it would do chopping up a brush pile in my yard. All I can say is if you don't have one, get one. This thing is awesome. For the money, it is one of the best tools I have ever bought. I chopped through 2" limbs with one chop. I can only imagine how much damage this would cause on human flesh. The weight and sharpness of the blade makes this a very destructive tool. Yet anothert thing the Russians got right. The AK-47 of field shovels, and for $15 to $20 dollars, I plan on buying a bunch more.
  11. Everything that is used on the lesser expensive is cheaper. That includes the thread. I worry about putting to much weight on them because the stich patterns are not as good. I have had webbing come lose, and I have had tears with extended use. Alot of times the stitch is not finished and will come lose as sonn as you put some weight on it. Zippers are also an issue. I replace all of my buckles with ITW Nexus, and try to reinforce the webbing whenever possible on items. The items that are made in Multicam will be a little better quality because the are using the heavier fabric. Just keep in mind this will hold all of your life taking/saving gear. If it fails, so do you. Inspect it well, use whatever you have to to make it sturdy, paracord, duct tape, zip ties, whatever. I can make a good rig out of anything, but is it worth the time and effort, or should I just buy the one I need. I have spent countless hours going back and forth, trying different setups, and thats what you have to do. What works for you will not work for everyone. Thats why I started this thread, the more ideas we throw out, the better.
  12. Right, most kits have an 18ga needle with them. But you have to know how to use it. I've watched countless hours of videos and had several courses on trauma medicine. Having the cathether does you no good if you don't know where to put it. When you get your items, invest in the knowledge you will need to implement it. The best thing is to avoid being wounded. The chances of surviving anything but an extremity wound is slim. If you have a chest or abdominal wound that goes untreated, your risk of infection, internal bleeding, blood clots, among other things will take you out. Trauma kits are meant to stabilize until you can get to a real doctor. If you don't have someone that can perform delicate surgeries to repare your wounds, just make sure you are right with God.
  13. I have three seperate pouches. A small pouch I keep bandages, pills, and things that I might need not in an emergency. It is small and can fit in my coat pocket. I then have a blowout pouch, with quikclot gauze, a 4" dressing, scissors, and a CAT torniquet. I then have a trauma kit, I use a Blackhawk drop leg, or a Condor tear away EMT pouch. It will be used to treat battle injuries, and should be well thought out as your life depends on it. Kepp in mind your situation, if you go out alone and will be operating that way, you might want to carry a little more. If you are part of a larger group that might have medical personel, a litte less. What do you plan on encountering. Small arms, artillery, IED's, sniper fire? All these things should be considered. In my trauma kit I carry: 2-5x9 ABD pads 2-4x4 gauze pads 2-compressed gauze 2-5x9 petroleum gauze(for chest wounds and exit wounds) 1-asherman chest seal 1-6" battle dressing 1-roll 2" coflex 1-decompression needle 1-4x16 waterjel dressing 1-2" ace bandage 1-muslin bandage 1-TK4 tourniquet 1-4x4 Hemcon dressing 1-28fr naso airway with lube gloves, a lightstick, sutures, alcohol and iodine wipes, and a blue sharpie. The best place to get dressings and such is on Ebay. Sometimes you can find people who don't really know what they have, and seel it cheap. Make sure that the dates are still good. Check other forums and sites that deal with medical issues. Watch some youtube videos on how to use the products. North American Rescue has alot of videos on their website. Chinook Medical is a good place to get stuff if Ebay doesnt work.
  14. With TCCC, your last concern is absorbing blood rather stopping bleeding with a gunshot wound. On appendages, tourniquet first! On chest cavity, Asherman chest seal, decompress with big fucking needle so victim can breathe. You are not stopping any severe bleeding from a traumatic wound with a Kotex. That is what this kit is intended to do. Agree. The problem I have with most kits, and this one, is that they usually don't provide for an exit wound. That's why i always make my own kits. This is one of the best you can buy pre-made, but I would still add some stuff.
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