First Look: Cold Steel Spetsnaz Shovel Series

posted on August 13, 2021
Spetsnaz shovel with wooden handle

Cold Steel is now offering the new Spetsnaz Shovel Series of entrenching tools that are suitable for a variety of field uses and survival scenarios. The Spetsnaz Shovel Series is comprised of the new Special Forces Shovel and the Trench Shovel, which are robust tools that are modeled after the original Soviet-era Spetsnaz military entrenching tool.

These shovels are built for hard work in the most austere environments and are suitable for a broad range of tasks, from digging trenches and pits, clearing vegetation and building field shelters. The Special Forces Spetsnaz Shovel has an hardwood handle, and the Spetsnaz Trench Shovel handle is American Ash. Both handles are contoured end for digging support and a no-slip grip while lifting sod or swinging down for a cut. The blades are made of a 2 mm thick medium carbon steel with three sharpened edges to easily slip into compact soil or to cut deep into branches and tough vegetation.

The overall length of the Spetsnaz Trench Shovel is 30 inches, and the weight is 36.3 ounces. The Trench Shovel features a slightly larger shovel head than the Special Forces Spetsnaz Shovel and is suitable for more aggressive digging operations. The Special Forces Spetsnaz Shovel weighs 25.7 ounces and has an overall length of 19.68 inches. There is an optional sheath available for the Special Forces Spetsnaz Shovel, which is made of durable Cor-Ex and comes with an integral belt loop for easy carry.

Cold Steel Spetsnaz Trench Shovel Specifications

  • Weight: 36.3 ounces
  • Thickness: 2 mm (shovel head)
  • Handle: Hickory
  • Handle Steel/Material: Medium Carbon Steel
  • Overall Length: 30 inches


Cold Steel Spetsnaz Shovel Specifications

  • Weight: 25.7 ounces
  • Blade Thickness: 2 mm (shovel head)
  • Blade Steel: Medium Carbon Steel
  • Handle Length/Material: Hickory
  • Overall Length: 19.68 inches


The Spetsnaz Special Fores Shovel and Spetsnaz Trench Shovel both have an MSRP of $39.99. To learn more about these products or other gear from Cold Steel, please visit


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