2.0 out of 5 stars | Not what you expect or it claims to be
I am rather disappointed with this product. I encourage people to read the product reviews and look at the product description better than I did. I have two main issues with this item: #1- The "metal" is poor quality. The product description and package claims it is constructed of "carbon steel"... more like cheap aluminum which will bend under use. The handle is likewise poorly attached to shovel. This item will NOT function well as a shovel in anything other than sand or snow or loose dirt. #2- The item size is NOT standard "entrenching tool" size. The "shovel" claims to be equivalent to a military entrenching tool. It is NOT! See photo comparison below. I am at fault as much as the manufacturer as they did clearly list the overall dimension of 18.25". So this is partially my bad for failing to notice this. Lastly this is just a poorly made product which will function as a shovel, but only under specific circumstances. Perhaps it is intended for the backpacking community. But it fails as an emergency shovel or entrenching tool! Pictured below is the SOG shovel set next to a regular size "entrenching tool" shovel.
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2016 by Adventure Dude
1.0 out of 5 stars | I love SOG. I have their NSP edition folding knife ...
I love SOG. I have their NSP edition folding knife and it is awesome. This took doors not live up to their reputation. I bought it to keep in the car for camping, and took it out on a bike ride to give it a quick test run. I planned to dig a small pit like for a camp fire, then fill it in. I got as far as 12x12x8 in soft soil that I could have dug with a rock or stick. Just this little bit was enough to bend the blade of the tool, so that it was at an angle front to back. A little more digging and it started to bend left to right. I bent it back with my hands. I tried setting it up at a 90deg angle, like a home. This worked for a bit, then it bent again. I gave up, pushed the tiny bit of dirt back in my pitiful pit, and packed it up to return. I willbuy another one and this time not ignore the reviews in favor of a reputation. This has me rethinking the SOG tomohawk that I had my eye on or future knives. So disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018 by Jeff Rauland
1.0 out of 5 stars | Gave it to my grandkids camping broke it digging in ...
Gave it to my grandkids camping broke it digging in sand. I guess a four year old is tougher then the shovel
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars | Bends waaaaay too easy.
I purchased this SOG “entrenching tool” as a convenient tool for metal detecting. I was wrong. After about a half hour of use, the shovel head has begun to bend and even rip where it’s screwed/attached to the handle. I could even bend it back into shape by hand, which if it’s carbon steel as advertised, I shouldn’t have able to do! And unfortunately the “pick” part is just too loose to use in a solid soil and is bent into a roundish shape so every time it impacts with soil, a large amount is left on the pick when removed. Also, the round part of the bottom of the shovel head where it rubs on the handle and pivots has already began to show signs of wear. After 30 minutes of use. All in all I would not recommend this for metal detecting unless you’re in mud or sand. But then you could just get a sifter!
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2019 by Adam
1.0 out of 5 stars | The metal that makes up the shovel is pretty poor. I've had to rebend/shape the shovel and ...
The metal that makes up the shovel is pretty poor. I've had to rebend/shape the shovel and the base of the shovel that connects to the rest of the product. Would not buy again.
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2017 by The Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars | Want a compact shovel that can serve multiple roles for you? This is it!
The media could not be loaded. Pro's: - Folds down to a very small size - Can serve as a shovel, a saw, and a hoe - Comes with its own storage pouch with loop Con's: - None If you are looking for a compact shovel that you can easily deploy when needed, then this shovel is for you. This is similar to the shovels issued in the military. It is so small and just fits right under my truck seat. It's handy to keep in a vehicle in case you get stuck in the mud and need to dig out. Just because it is small does not mean it isn't useful! It's all metal construction makes it easy to dig in rocky terrain. I have a plastic trowel too, but this beats the pants off of my plastic shovel when it comes to digging. I also like that this tool can serve as more than just a shovel. It has a serrated edge and a hoe as well. When you are trying to pack small, you want a tool that can serve multiple roles. This tool does great at doing multiple jobs. I also like that it comes with its own storage pouch with a belt loop. If I ever needed to get out somewhere and take this with me, it could easily be strapped onto a backpack without too much trouble. This is a great feature to have. Overall, I am very pleased with this shovel and highly recommend it. ** If you found this review helpful, please press the like button below. Thanks so much and happy trails! **
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021 by Greatness Outdoors
4.0 out of 5 stars | well constructed for inexpensive kit.
I don't know why people are 1 staring this product. The quality is there for the price. If you are looking to dig a real trench, foxhole, what have you, get a real shovel. I think what this is intended for, latrine hole, leveling a sleep spot for a tent, clearing a spot for a fire that sort of thing, it works well. I think it is durable enough to take a beating instead of using my hands which is why I own it. I think there is a lot to like about the tool. It's compact size and all metal features and general handiness make it a good choice for someone like me who Isn't so picky to one star it for it's lack of grade 8 bolts. I won't be swinging this thing into the ground like I am splitting wood. I know it's small in size and will take time to make a large hole but, this is for small holes or for clearing the surface to make level. Sure, it could be a little nicer with some higher grade bolts but, that's the way things are made these days. I hope it lasts but, I am using this as an emergency tool and have made peace with it's limitations. Save your hands.
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2016 by electron