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The importance of a survival shovel should not be overlooked and the Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel by EVATAC is no exception. If only from the standpoint of sanitation you need to have some way to bury your waste. Of course, carrying the average entrencher tool might not be for you. It might also be low on your list of items to buy for your pack. If that’s the case you are going to want to look for something that gives you a little more bang for your buck.
The Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel is a impressive collection of different, but very helpful tools that will be critical for your survival plans. This multi-tool brings a lot more than simple shoveling capabilities to the battle for survival. In fact, this is a 15 in 1 tool!
- 2 x Hex
- Bottle Opener
- Can Opener
- Mini Saw
- Magnesium Fire Starter Rod
- 120db Emergency Whistle
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Philips Head Screwdriver
- 440 Stainless Steel Shovel Head
- Aircraft Grade aluminum shaft and fittings
Now, I will be honest, I am typically not a big fan of these survival multitaskers. They tend to be cheap and the solutions that they offer can be less then 100%. That is something I cannot live with. That said, I was very impressed with what was added to this survival tool. While simple things like bottle openers and button compasses are part of the Konnex, there are also more complex and important tools that make up this survival staple.
We are going to explore four of its strongest features below just to give you an idea of what this survival shovel is capable of.
What makes the Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel stand out?
Strong Steel Spade
The 440 stainless steel spade is going to conquer any of the digging tasks that you put in front of it. Having this reliable shovel offers you the ability to manage an number of things like sanitation, shelter and even trap making. These are all important parts of the survival process.
Creating a dugout trap is a great way to get a big meal in a survival situation. Good luck digging a hole big enough without shovel. You might even be worse off if you get halfway thru and your shovel fails. Then you will have expended all those calories for nothing.
The Konnex also features a set of sharpened edges and serrated edges on the spade itself. Aside from that, there is also a blade attachment that is housed within the handle of the shovel. This can be easily access and offers a straight blade as well as a serrated blade.
In survival you can never have to many edges or too many blades. While these will not stand up to your survival knife, they may be blades that you don’t mind sacrificing the edge on for other tasks.
Another interesting attachment inside the housing of the shovels handle is a ferro rod. I can never have enough ferro rods. I want to have something that showers sparks in every pocket! When it comes to starting a fire I think like a special operations soldier, I never want a fair fight. I want fire as fast and as easy as I can.
This shovel can exist in the dimensions that most military entrenching tools do. It also comes with attachments that really build this tool out to its full capacity. The handle at full length is over 2 ft and really changes the way you think about a shovel that can be packed in your kit. There is an added pouch that you will need to carry to break the shovel down. That might be a big deal to you and if that’s the case, the shovel works well without the additional leverage.
Still, it’s a small pouch and it gives you the option to create multiple tools or just build out the Konnex to its full potential.
After field testing the Konnex as a survival shovel I decided to test the hidden tools one by one. What I found is that they are all comparable to something in your own kit. I was very surprised. The ferro rod is large, has a great handle and shoots quality sparks. The button compass reads true, the knives are very effective and could make quick work of anything that you might use your survival knife for, outside of splitting small fire wood. The whistle was actually one of the best whistles I have ever used. The hex’s are all made out of 440 steel so they are going to work well.
I never found the Philips head screwdriver. I think it might be on the opposite side of the cutting tool. That was the only place I didn’t check. Beyond that, the only gripe I really have about the Konnex is the fact that we are dealing with a relatively thin, aircraft grade, aluminum handle. While stress testing it in the woods didn’t seem to affect the handle much, I couldn’t help but wonder what something like a week in the woods, with this as one of the tools you relied on heavily, might do to that handle.
The Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel is a great starter product for preppers who are just getting into the game. It allows you to check several things off your list in one shot. It’s small and doesn’t take up much space. For the avid adventurer, I think the Konnex shines by adding redundancy to some very important categories in the world of survival.
Full disclosure: We were provided with a free product in return for our honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed regarding this product are our own and have not been influenced in any way.