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Trowel - which one?
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David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Trowel - which one? on 07/03/2008 13:56:01 MDT Print View

How many of you carry a trowel? If so, which one?

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Cheap Plastic on 07/03/2008 14:17:02 MDT Print View

I used to carry a really nice folding, stainless steal one that I bought at REI, but to save weight, I have been carrying a $2 Orange Plastic trowel to cut weight.

I read on the forums recently that some people are using an aluminum snow stake for their trowel and it has a duel usage as an extra stake.

I am going to try that out on my next trip.

Hope that this helps.


Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Trowel - which one? on 07/03/2008 14:20:45 MDT Print View

I used to use the cheap, ubiquitous and effective orange plastic trowel but found it too bulky. I now use the MontBell trowel and highly recommend it for its strength, light weight, and compactness. Great sex appeal too (for a trowel).

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Trowel - which one? on 07/03/2008 14:48:17 MDT Print View

I use one I made out of titanium that is modeled after the Montbell trowel. It weighs 10g. Trowels etc.

Edited by ericnoble on 07/03/2008 14:55:04 MDT.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
trowel? on 07/03/2008 15:03:00 MDT Print View

in the event that a stick or rock wont work, I have used a V-shaped Ti tent peg with 20' of Zpacks cord wrapped around for a handle. The bonus is, you have emergency cordage on a very rigid trowel.
cost $5
weight .45

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 07/03/2008 15:04:04 MDT.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Trowel - which one? on 07/03/2008 15:27:55 MDT Print View

I also have the MontBell trowel. It's tough, light and effective. I've not been able to confirm the sex appeal though. Where did you get this from? Bears? Racoons? Rough and rugged trail babes?

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: trowel? on 07/03/2008 15:33:31 MDT Print View

I'm with Mike and use a titanium nail stake. I've tried the orange plastic things and the montbell trowel. In the hard rocky sierras I find the nail stake does a better job of breaking up the ground.

Weight: 0.2 oz

JR Redding
(GrinchMT) - F
Re: Titanium Trowel on 07/03/2008 16:04:17 MDT Print View

Is there cottage maker of titanium trowels similar to the Mont-Bell?


Jason Griffin
(JGriffinRN) - F
montbell on 07/03/2008 18:21:48 MDT Print View

I like the montbell.......... 1.4oz for stainless steel construction is very light.

David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Re: Re: Trowel - which one? on 07/04/2008 16:14:24 MDT Print View

Hi Eric

How'd you make it? Can I buy one from you? :)

Timothy Cristy
(tcristy) - F

Locale: Ohio
trowel on 07/04/2008 19:46:07 MDT Print View

Most of the places I hike the soil is a solid mass of small roots. I tried the orange trowel and a few others and none worked all that great. Its not that light at 8 oz, but I am now using a Japanese digging knife and it works great. The one I have is a stainless one from Garret Wade, but here is the generic description:

In addition to being my trowel, it can be used as a light duty saw and a large fixed blade knife.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Trowel - which one? on 07/05/2008 08:48:22 MDT Print View

I have had the Montbell Trowell now for a few seasons. It works great!!!!

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
SMC Snow Stake on 07/05/2008 18:51:37 MDT Print View

I use an aluminum SMC snow stake and it works great.


Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Trowel - which one? on 07/07/2008 17:22:04 MDT Print View

I posted instructions on making my trowel with the experiences of others in the MYOG section. I don't have one to sell but I'm happy to answer any questions if you wish to make your own.

Michael Gardner
(ekim765) - F

Locale: Southeast
Trowel - which one? on 08/15/2008 09:42:24 MDT Print View

I made this one out of 1/16" x 1" angle aluminum. I weighs in at 1 oz. and is pretty solid. The material costs less than $5 at Home Depot. As you can see the quality and craftsmanship far surpasses that of your typical prison shank. All I really had to work with was a Dremil Tool. I still need to drill a hole in the top so I can use it as a back-up stake too.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Trowel - which one? on 08/15/2008 10:37:45 MDT Print View

Hey Mike!

Now that's an idea! A whole new cottage industry! Prison inmates selling UL Potty Trowel/Prison Shanks to the backpacking community. We can be a part of their "rehabilitation."

They could offer discounts on slightly used ones.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Trowel - which one? on 08/15/2008 11:30:38 MDT Print View

The Original "MYOG" Potty Trowel Thread - Take a look

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Trowel - which one? on 08/15/2008 11:58:09 MDT Print View

You could notch in some short fork tines and your ti potty trowel could double as a spork.

Hey, its Friday.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
SMC Snow Stake on 08/15/2008 12:25:14 MDT Print View

Remember, you should dig only about 6" deep, so the organic biota in the topsoil can break down the "human waste". (The computerized "bad word nanny" woulden't let me write f*c*s!)

As I said above, an SMC aluminum snow stake is the lightest, yet still-efective trowel I could find. It can also serve as a main front guyline stake for my Contrail tent in bad weather or loose soil.


Edited by Danepacker on 07/07/2009 15:39:05 MDT.

Michael Gardner
(ekim765) - F

Locale: Southeast
"lightening holes" on 08/15/2008 13:22:52 MDT Print View

Tried the lightening holes in the handle of the trowel I made before this... it didn't last long. Weakened the handle and it snapped right off.

Yeah Michael!

They could also turn a toothbrush into a knife/tent stake. Now that's multi-use right there!

Edited by ekim765 on 08/15/2008 13:30:15 MDT.