United Cutlery Colombian Field Shovel | SHOT 2017

United Cutlery Colombian Field Shovel

United Cutlery Colombian Field Shovel

Is it a machete? Is it an axe? A throwing knife? A saw? A shovel? Yes. The answer is “yes.”

The new Colombian Field Shovel from United Cutlery does all of the above. Based on tools and weapons used in “the darkest, wildest, remotest parts of the world,” this field shovel is fashioned from 1065 high carbon steel for strength and durability.

It’s a great digging tool and features a heavy-duty saw back blade opposite its chopping edge. The handle is made of paracord-wrapped for a firm grip in all conditions. The blade is coated with black oxide for a flat, non-reflective finish. The blade measures 8.5 by 5.5 inches and the tool has an overall length of 17 inches.

The Colombian Field Shovel comes with a heavy duty nylon belt sheath and makes a great addition to a camp kit or bug out bag. It retails for $55.

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


  • Dracon1201

    Kinda looks like a shovel, kinda looks like a failure. I wonder if it comes with that famous United quality they’re so known for…

  • Kyle

    Looks like it would be crappy to use as anything other than a hatchet.

  • Don Ward

    So in other words, it sucks at being a machete, an axe, a throwing knife, a saw and a shovel. Also, can the target demographic of this shovel even climb a flight of stairs without having a coronary?

  • billyoblivion



    Are you guys *trying* to ruin the brand?

  • Garmanarnar

    The answer is: nope

    Keep on lowering that bar, TFB

  • John

    A field shovel issued by the Emperor’s Ultramarines, apparently.

  • JT303

    It looks like the aborted foetus of a three-way between a hatchet, saw and shovel. The buyers of this product would likely be high-speed low-drag ‘operational operators’ with a shoe-size IQ.

  • Nathan Alred

    If this only had a sheath machined from a solid billet of aluminum with MOLLE clips, you could add a zero to the price.

  • TDog

    It doesn’t cook eggs?! That’s it… I’m outta here.

    • maodeedee

      It could. All you need is fire.

      • TDog

        I see it doesn’t make fire either… Strike two.

  • Tassiebush

    I’m a big fan of shovels sharpened to give them a secondary chopping and cutting function. In my experience they do equally good work as a regular machete and regular shovel. They’re a poor hatchet but better than nothing. The cold steel one or any modified garden spade are pretty good. With this I cringe at the presentation but do think it’s got some merit. I wonder if the saw blade on this would get fouled through digging or if it’s angle might protect it? I will go against the current in these comments and say this might be worthwhile although it would be hidden from view if I owned it.

    • int19h

      By the looks of it, it would be painful (as in literally, potentially missing fingers/toes painful) to use for practically any purpose it is advertised for.

      Nothing wrong with sharpened shovels per se. But if you need one, Cold Steel makes one that’s, well, just a sharpened shovel. And actually works pretty well as a shovel…

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah I really like the cold steel one. I’m unsure about this one in comparison.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    No bottle opener- no go.

  • Tracy Thorleifson

    Bring on the ZA…

  • Secundius

    What NO “Malaja Pehotnaja Lopata”…

  • tsubaka

    HOW you’re suposed to use this as a shovel? it’s flat!! does they look at a picture of a shovel and 3D-print it?

  • noob

    this shovel is more powerful than oxiclean!

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Wow- I was thinking they should make a movie about this complete all in one war fighting and peace building tool. Then I realized the video you linked had 15 more minutes left…
    All this shovel is missing is a submarine locating sonar and a US voting machine tampering device.

  • Tom Currie

    Another toy from United Cutlery to be sold to “preppers”

  • Tassiebush

    I love the buckler function on that video and it’s good to know one can scurry up river banks with it too

    • LGonDISQUS

      That (in the car) shield function though…

      • Tassiebush

        Haha yeah the context made it even funnier!

  • Frank Stratton

    Been using a cold Steel copy of spetznaz shovel for years. Kit Carson put the serrations that he and his son came up with on one side. Works good as a shovel, light hatchet, trees 3″ and smaller and fighting ax. To cheap and basic for marketing to todays “operators”.

  • Fred Johnson

    Looks like a shovel for “digging” oneself out of a pile of bodies.