This Chinese Shovel Has Your Back When the Apocalypse Comes

Ice axe? Check. Tactical knife? Check. Kitchen sink? Check.

By Walker Loetscher

 
This Chinese Shovel Has Your Back When the Apocalypse Comes
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15 July 2016

You know what a smartphone really is?

A multi-tool. The Swiss Army knife evolved for the digital age. Because humans love efficiency, in our thing-a-ma-jiggers as in our lives.

Know what a smartphone won't do, though? Hack through a sheet of ice or an oaken tree trunk. For that, you need something more analogue. Something like a Shen Ao shovel, a line of multipurpose Chinese excavators that'll serve you well when the apocalypse comes.

Or, like, your next camping trip.

Each one of the ingenious shovels is made up of a series of self-locking tools that adjoin to create a 2-to-4 foot handle. They offer 11 different models that vary by the component tools hidden inside. Options include but are not limited to: flashlights, tactical knives, ice axes, manual chainsaws, magnesium whistles and 2,200-mAh USB-enabled batteries.

But that's not all — each of those component tools is also a multitool in its own right: the knife house a bottle opener and a firestarter, for example.

So, it's basically a Russian nesting doll of survivalist know-how.

The shovels are available at a number of US retailers, or you can check them out at Salt Lake City's Oudoor Retailer Market in August.

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