SPARtool Chops, Digs, Saws, Pries and Hammers
An outdoorsman from Salt Lake City, Utah has designed a multi-use survival tool for heavy use in the wild.
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“SPARtool began as a quest for the ultimate survival tool – the one item you would want to have with you to do any task in an urban or wilderness survival scenario,” says SPARtool designer Stewart Yeoh. “It would need to be light enough for backpacking, where every ounce counts. It also needed to be so durable that no conceivable use or misuse could damage it.”
Some wilderness tools on the market are too heavy, Yeoh maintains. Others looked and felt flimsy and cheap. Most models were poorly laid-out, or lacked tools that were deemed essential, he says.
“I decided to focus on a few core tasks that come up in nearly every outdoor excursion, and make sure that this tool could do them well,” Yeoh said, explaining that the SPARtool needed to be able to dig, chop, saw, hammer, pry and open a cold beer when the work is done.
SPARtool on Kickstarter. (Photo courtesy of Stewert Yeoh.)
The SPARtool features a six-inch x 8-inch shovel head with integrated chopping edge and saw blade. The 1075 carbon steel and Zytel handle is topped with a flat pry bar, hammer, and 4-inch pick that functions as a handle for digging and sawing. The total tool length is 22 inches, and the weight is 2 pounds 15 ounces.
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