Forums Tips & Questions Avy shovel question Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) Author Posts January 16, 2011 at 2:36 am #574161 270boarderman 10 Posts Someone told me to sharpen the end of my shovel to have like a knife edge, he said it helps with cutting threw ice and you can use it to hack away at a small tree if you need to. It seems like a good idea but sounds like you might take someones nose off when your digging them out. Is this a good Idea? January 25, 2011 at 6:13 am #634780 Powder_Rider 498 Posts I do not know if you would dig faster. But consider that if the shovel is Knife sharp, Will it cut your pack? February 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm #634781 avalancheman 49 Posts consider what it would do to a buried friends limb when your in panic mode digging for them….. February 18, 2011 at 2:14 am #634782 samh 726 Posts I have absolutely no concern about cutting my friend with my shovel or poking their eye out with my probe. I want to find them and get a clear airway. That is all I care about. I’ll deal with the other trauma later. -- samh.net February 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm #634783 SickSplitty 32 Posts Bad Idea. Nuff said. If you feel the need to hack some stuff up buy a snow saw. November 29, 2011 at 3:02 am #634784 iriecoyote 291 Posts Having spent time working in the woods, I appreciate sharp tools. Same goes for snowboards, crampons, ice axes, knives, etc… anything that will take an edge should get a good one. November 30, 2011 at 7:22 am #634785 kuchiman 15 Posts Agree with last post – good edge is different from razor sharp though. Good edge will help cut through ice or welded snow without cutting anything or anyone unless serious pressure applied. I never thought about carrying a saw but sounds like a smart idea. Chances are you wont ever need it, but it may be the difference if you ever do. Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.