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Crovel Tactical shovel digs holes, chops wood, impales zombies


October 9, 2012

The lethal and versatile Crovel Tactical is properly weighted to allow the user to sling it like a throwing axe

The lethal and versatile Crovel Tactical is properly weighted to allow the user to sling it like a throwing axe

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The Crovel Tactical by Gearup Center is part lethal weapon and part outdoors multi-tool, packing three sharp edges, a saw, a spike, and a bottle opener into a compact three-pound (1.3-kg) shovel, which is correctly weighted for hurling like a throwing axe. With a keen eye on marketing, the company cites the Crovel Tactical as an ideal piece of kit for survivalists, campers, and budding zombie-slayers.

Most of the Crovel Tactical's features are located on its sharpened chromoly steel shovel head, which can serve as an axe, and also has a serrated saw edge and bottle opener, for good measure. From the demonstration video below, the unit looks to be suitably robust and chops halfway through a fallen tree without issue.

The reversible "Super Spike" can be swapped for a slingshot, sold separately

The Crovel Tactical’s threaded hollow tubular handle, which is wrapped in paracord, sports a reversible “Super Spike” at the handle end, allowing the user to wield the shovel without hurting themselves. If preferred, the Super Spike can also be replaced with a screw-on slingshot, which is sold separately.

While the Super Spike can be used for mundane tasks like breaking ice, splitting wood and chipping rocks, inventor of the Crovel Tactical Tim Ralson seems more keen to promote its usefulness for impaling the undead. Indeed, couple it with a Hyundai Zombie Survival Machine and you'd be pretty much unstoppable in a zombie apocalypse.

The Crovel Tactical is sold at a price of US$109.99, though there is an estimated 45 to 90 day waiting time for delivery, so fingers crossed the walking dead don't rise in the meantime. More details are available in the video below.

Source: GearUpCenter via Uncrate

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for $109 I would buy a wjq-308

if I just want a basic shovel to kill zombies and chop down small trees I will get a Coldsteel Special Forces Shovel for $20

that said i do like the design of this and see many advantages to both the above mentioned. It just isn't worth 100 bucks to me.

Michael Mantion

I can see somebody using this against other people and not zombies.


Is it just me or is the blade of this cool but expensive shovel made by casting? It should break too easily if its not a properly forged steel blade.

Toffe Kaal

Unbelievable! This guys is a complete joke

This is a complete rip-off of the Chinese Military Shovel which they have for years!


Tonghowe Seeto

Guys, guys, guys....sheesh, did you read the whole article and watch the video?! Haha...I admit, I'm a self proclaimed GearHead / gear-a-holic and I've been tracking this thing from day 1. I mean no disrespect, but you gotta give this American made piece of awesomeness some respect here. (great article / review by the way)

First, COLD "STEAL" (because they rip off everyone in the knife/tact industry) has nothing on this. The material alone is 4140 Chromoly. That's 2x heat treated steel guys - and as the videos have demonstrated, that material takes a MASSIVE beating and holds a crazy edge. Hence, the cost. I'll take the quality of this one shovel, over buying who knows how many cheapo E-tools from China...or worse, cold steal.


The tree he cut was mostly rotten wood. I have not seen any zombies except on TV programs. Why make a weapon out of a shovel? A small hatchet would do a better job of cutting wood. I do like the musical sound that comes from the shovel when striking something solid; it is like a bell. However, I could purchase a small bell for much less than $109.99. The video was entertaining.

Adrian Akau

@Tonghowe Seeto: actually, overall, I think I would rather have the chinese military spade you just showed...it's not as shiny, but it has a LOT more functionality.

Bryan Paschke

The Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel is a pretty sturdy piece of kit, definitely good enough, and much cheaper than this. You can also get a very handy cover for it.

Gerber makes some very nice, ultra-durable shovels in the 30-50 dollar price range. They're not throwing weapons, but who cares?

I don't really want to spend $100 on a shovel that's going to come back from camping beat up and filthy anyway.

Jon A.

Soviet Spetnaz have similar shovels for combat missions & show many ways to use as a weapon.

Stephen Russell

re; Adrian Akau

Hatchets are terrible at digging holes but a shovel can make a passable hatchet and is much lighter than carrying both.


You would even think of buying something from this guy?


The Germans were using trenching tools as weapons since WWI.

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