Top positive review
Way more useful than I expected!
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2019
I have an ultralight Deuce of Spades trowel and an ultralight Morakniv that I carry backpacking. That works fine. I don't know why I thought I needed this, but for some reason this product appealed to me. I kept it in saved items for months before I finally ordered it. Then it sat in my pack while I recovered from an injury.
This weekend I finally took it out on a trip. This came out CONSTANTLY. I used it to chop sticks down to 3" to fit in my little wood stove. I used it to strike sparks for the fire (I had a lighter, but the ferro rod was more fun!). I used it to pick up hot coals that fell out and drop them back in the stove. I used it to lift the pot lid to check the water. I used it to lift the pot off the stove. I used it to scoop sand over the stove to put out the fire. I stabbed it in the ground to lean my phone on it for a selfie. I used it to scrape wood stove crud off my pot. I didn't need a cathole on this overnight trip, but I dug one anyway just to see how it would do. Chopped right through our dense East Texas black gumbo soil full of tree roots. No rocks here, but I imagine this would survive Rocky Mountain catholes a lot better than a flimsy Deuce of Spades.
I was amazed at all the things for which my trowel wasn't sturdy enough, or I wouldn't have risked my good blade. My only complaint is the handle, the paracord wrapping isn't very comfortable on the hand. I'm thinking I might wrap some duct tape around the handle as well. The paracord will still be there if I ever need it, and having several turns of duct tape handy won't hurt, either.
I can definitely leave the Deuce of Spades behind now. I'm considering leaving the Morakniv behind as well but will have to see how the bladed edges hold up under abuse.