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Sharping the end of your shovel
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 Post subject: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:36 pm 
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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?


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 Post subject: Re: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:13 pm 
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I do not know if you would dig faster. But consider that if the shovel is Knife sharp, Will it cut your pack?

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 Post subject: Re: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:44 pm 
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consider what it would do to a buried friends limb when your in panic mode digging for them.....


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 Post subject: Re: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:14 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:05 am 
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Bad Idea. Nuff said. If you feel the need to hack some stuff up buy a snow saw.


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 Post subject: Re: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:02 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Avy shovel question
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:22 am 
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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.


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