They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes
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Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, three sizes on 05/14/2011 17:15:01 MDT Print View

January 2014 UPDATE:

Trowel, saw, and stove info: QiWiz.net

Before placing an order, please check the shipping page on my website (a link to this page is available on any page that you order from).

"Original", "Big Dig", and "MEGA Dig" trowels are available. Unless I am out of town or on trail, I can generally mail them out the very next day after you place your order. Can you dig it?

All trowels ship with the Advanced Cathole Users Manual, including my famous "soup" recipe.
HINT: Not the kind of soup you generally think of.

Trowels3

Prices are:

$29 for the smaller Original, < 0.4 oz, 6" long
$36 for the larger Big Dig, < 0.6 oz, 7.25" long
$39 for the largest MEGA Dig, 0.9 oz, 8.5" long

Big Digs have been by far the most popular model, though the MEGA Dig is too new to really know if many folks will go for its generous capacity.

If I need to ship your trowel outside the continental USA, this is easily arranged. I've sent trowels to more than a dozen countries on five continents.

Ordering is easy as pie at my new website: QiWiz.net

Join the legions of BPLers who dig my trowels! Ultralight, nearly indestructible, cuts turf and small roots with ease. You know you know you WANT one.


See earlier sale comments and feedback from the ti trowel crew:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=44205

Edited by QiWiz on 01/22/2014 07:48:58 MST.

David Cleckner
(blaster6) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 05/14/2011 17:57:50 MDT Print View

Just sent paypal for an original.

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
My wife wants one too ... on 05/14/2011 18:07:21 MDT Print View

I just sent you PayPal payment for another Big Dig.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Big Dig! on 05/14/2011 19:54:44 MDT Print View

Payment just sent for Big Dig!

Thanks!

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Just ordered/paid for Big Dig on 05/14/2011 22:07:44 MDT Print View

Thanks Robert for the opportunity to go lighter!

Joseph R
(Dianoda) - MLife

Locale: Chicago, IL
Looking forward to the Big Dig! on 05/14/2011 22:16:25 MDT Print View

Hi Robert,
I just sent you $33 via paypal for a Big Dig. You just saved me a good 3 ounces!

Thanks,

Joe

Richard Banks
(EDDAKA) - M
original on 05/15/2011 02:35:31 MDT Print View

Still got any originals left?

-Richard

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Big Dig Please! on 05/15/2011 03:20:07 MDT Print View

Payment Sent!

Dirk

Edited by dirk9827 on 05/15/2011 03:22:00 MDT.

J P
(jpovs) - F - M

Locale: North Shore
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 05/15/2011 06:39:29 MDT Print View

Hi, what are the uses for an item like this? All that comes to my mind is digging a crap hole and maybe pounding a stake in the ground. Thanks, Josh.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Uses for titanium trowel on 05/15/2011 08:20:50 MDT Print View

My Personal experiences:

Digging catholes
Digging out a spring or stream bed to scoop or filter water more easily
Collecting mineral soil for a mound fire
Digging tent stakes out of frozen soil when winter backpacking
Scooping coals out of the fire to create a bed of coals to bake scones

Others' actual experiences:

Shoehorn
Spoon to eat with when primary spoon broken or lost
Tent stake when extra holding power needed in soft soil or high wind

Other possibilities worth mentioning:

Hide scraper
Fish scaler
Cut cheese blocks, Spam, sausages
Backscratcher
Personal defense
Cutting rope or cord; whittling; making tinder (especially if you sharpen an edge)

I'm sure there are others. Anything that involves digging or scraping.

Edited by QiWiz on 05/25/2011 11:35:18 MDT.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Original and Big Dig trowels still available on 05/15/2011 08:28:17 MDT Print View

May 25, 2011 Update: Have now got enough titanium to make many trowels. Do not expect to run out anytime soon. Once I have filled existing orders, I will be creating an inventory so that I can ship the next day. I expect that this will be the case after Memorial Day 2011.

Edited by QiWiz on 05/25/2011 11:38:07 MDT.

lynda schroeder
(lyndasch15) - F
They're back again.... on 05/15/2011 09:42:40 MDT Print View

Payment sent for the original. Thanks

Daniel Fosse
(magillagorilla) - F

Locale: Southwest Ohio
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 05/15/2011 22:39:49 MDT Print View

Can you get one to me in 1 week? If no, I'll catch you next time. I have a trip starting Memorial Day weekend. I can't wait to poo in the woods.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Order fast on 05/16/2011 05:55:38 MDT Print View

Big Digs are all sold. Still have a couple Originals. All orders will be shipped today. Happy digging!

* * * Note: As of 5/25 have plenty of titanium to make both Originals and Big Digs * * *

Edited by QiWiz on 05/28/2011 14:41:47 MDT.

Daniel Fosse
(magillagorilla) - F

Locale: Southwest Ohio
Re: Order fast on 05/16/2011 08:33:07 MDT Print View

Money sent! Hope I got you before you hit the post office.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Last one . . . on 05/17/2011 04:17:57 MDT Print View

One more Original left.
New titanium supply ordered.
Daniel's will be mailed today.

Cody Lebow
(CLebow) - F

Locale: Orange County
trowel on 05/18/2011 11:57:29 MDT Print View

Are you willing to take preorders on the large one?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
All gone at the old price, but trowel production has resumed on 05/18/2011 13:55:20 MDT Print View

THE BAD NEWS

Because of increased material (and postage) costs, prices are now $29 for Original and $36 for Big Dig. Sorry about that, but I've just had to pay 100% more for titanium than previously.

Add $2 for shipments outside the continental USA.


THE GOOD NEWS

I'm going to make trowels ahead of orders so that you can get your trowel very quickly with only the wait of receiving a first class USPS package.

PayPal trowel payments and email questions should still be sent to me at robkelly54 at gmail dot com

Edited by QiWiz on 05/25/2011 11:28:52 MDT.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
BD Arrived! on 05/18/2011 15:22:50 MDT Print View

Big Dig arrived today - looks great! Especially the spiffy rainbow anodizing job!!! ;)

thanks!

Daniel Fosse
(magillagorilla) - F

Locale: Southwest Ohio
got it on 05/20/2011 11:19:18 MDT Print View

Got my Original Dig. I was worried it would be too small but it's actually a great size. I was going to do a full field test it in my yard last night but ..... I have neighbors.

I was also pleasently supprised that it came with a stow poutch. I folded the tyvec envelope you sent it in, taped it long-ways, and cut open the short end. It fits the Dig and my Ti tent pegs at .15oz!

John Martin
(snapyjohn) - M

Locale: Pacific NW
Can you dig it. on 05/21/2011 18:56:05 MDT Print View

I got two big digs to day one for me and the other for a fathers day gift. Nothing says I love you pop like a light weight doo shovel.
It comes with instructions and everything. Seriously light trowels.dig

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet on 05/21/2011 19:21:05 MDT Print View

Got mine!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Can you dig it. on 05/21/2011 19:57:45 MDT Print View

"It comes with instructions and everything. Seriously light"

In Russia they call that a caviar spoon.

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Big Dig on 05/21/2011 23:14:24 MDT Print View

I got mine and couldn't be happier...the instructions are great, not expected but appreciated for the humor.

Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Re: Re: Can you dig it. on 05/22/2011 00:17:43 MDT Print View

>> In Russia they call that a caviar spoon.

Fitting... It would be a tough call which I ate first.

lynda schroeder
(lyndasch15) - F
Love mine on 05/22/2011 05:02:16 MDT Print View

Got it Wednesday. Loved the trowel, nice and light. I can't wait to use it on the brillo-like veg on North Manitou Island. A plastic potty trowel just didn't cut it. Loved the instructions, so did my family.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Shipping Trowels on Tuesday on 05/28/2011 14:38:12 MDT Print View

All pending orders as well as any placed by midnight Sunday will ship out on Tuesday. I had a bit of delay because I decided to wait to get some new handle dipping material. Happy digging!

Charles Henry
(Chuckie_Cheese)

Locale: Arizona and British Columbia
Re: Shipping Trowels on Tuesday on 05/30/2011 15:44:58 MDT Print View

Can you add extra holes in the lower handle or the blade so it can function as a snow anchor ALA SMT snow anchor
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Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Snow anchor on 05/31/2011 19:29:51 MDT Print View

I don't have a tool that would drill or punch largish holes in the trowels and so I would not be able to do that. But . . . I think a trowel could be used as a snow anchor without holes, especially the Big Dig.

In the East, where my snow camping is generally done in woodlands, I tend to create snow anchors out of sticks I can easily find on downed wood. Above tree line in the East or West, assume you would need multiple snow anchors for a shelter, so not sure how important this trowel functionality would be.

Michael Barber
(CuriousLayman) - F

Locale: Western NC Mountains
Big dig on 06/01/2011 09:23:06 MDT Print View

I just shot 36 to you for a big dig!

Dan Rimar
(tarpon6)

Locale: Florida
Big Dig on 06/07/2011 12:20:19 MDT Print View

Are Big Digs still available?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Both trowels available . . . on 06/07/2011 13:19:39 MDT Print View

YES !! Big Digs and Originals are available.

You order today and I ship tomorrow, with few exceptions.

Can you dig it ?

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Thankyouverymuch . . . on 06/07/2011 13:38:00 MDT Print View

. . . for providing these. Just ordered the Original.

Poopingly yours,

Stargazer

frank white
(smoky1) - F
payment sent! on 06/07/2011 17:44:46 MDT Print View

Payment sent for the big dig!! Can't wait to take it on my next trip.

Dennis Wolfe
(LoneWolfe) - F

Locale: Salmon River Country, Idaho
I Can Dig It on 06/08/2011 08:15:40 MDT Print View

Just ordered a Big Dig so I'll soon be able to dig it.

Brian Phillips
(Fleab) - MLife

Locale: The Flat Lands
Big Dig on 06/08/2011 14:45:22 MDT Print View

Money sent for a Big Dig. Can't wait to try it out in the Rockies next week!

Dave Jenkins
(Jinx667)

Locale: SoCal
Thanks! on 06/12/2011 19:47:36 MDT Print View

Just ordered a Big Dig. Thanks for making these!

Arrived today!

Big Dig

Edited by Jinx667 on 06/15/2011 15:27:01 MDT.

John Abela
(JohnAbela) - MLife
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 06/16/2011 09:51:28 MDT Print View

Any chance we could get a photo with you holding both of them? Just want to see size comparison beyond a ruler. :)

Thanks!!

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
PayPal Payment Sent on 06/16/2011 10:20:07 MDT Print View

I just ordered an Original Cathole Trowel. Can't wait to give it a try

frank white
(smoky1) - F
Big Dig is a big deal! on 06/16/2011 19:00:25 MDT Print View

Just got back from a trip in the smokies. Oddly enough my wife loved it. I think she went to the bathroom a couple of extra times just to use it. Each time she would come back and say this thing really works. $36.00 well spent!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Photos 4 U on 06/17/2011 07:39:10 MDT Print View

John - here's a couple photos. Hope they help you appreciate the size better than a ruler (which to my scientific side seemed a better way, but no worries). Please note I have pretty big hands (size 8 gloves), so my hands make them look a bit smaller than they really are when I look at these photos. Anyway . . .

Size comparison:

trowelphoto2

Big Dig in typical ready-to-be-used position:

trowelphoto5

Edited by QiWiz on 06/17/2011 07:52:58 MDT.

John Abela
(JohnAbela) - MLife
Re: Photos 4 U on 06/17/2011 08:10:54 MDT Print View

Thank you!!

Just transferred money for an Original.

Colin MacCall
(colinm) - F
Another size comparison on 06/17/2011 18:08:41 MDT Print View

Nice!

Edited by colinm on 02/01/2014 23:09:48 MST.

William Wang
(billwang) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Just placed an order for Big Dig on 06/21/2011 12:27:11 MDT Print View

$36 via paypal. Can't wait! Thanks Rob!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 18:32:50 MDT Print View

Jacob of hikeitlikeit.com has written a nice instructive post on his blog with favorable commentary on the lightest cathole trowels on the planet. He got one of the first batch from October 2010 before the yellow handles became standard. I can dig it!
Check it out at:

http://hikeitlikeit.com/2011/

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 19:30:36 MDT Print View

The problem with the trowel is that it needs a big hole on the handle end. Then you could easily use it as a tent stake. Maybe Version Two will have that.

As it stands, you can only use it as a potty trowel or as a very large soup spoon.

--B.G.--

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 20:03:42 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing the link, Robert. It's possible that BPL censored it due to the word p-o-o-p appearing in it, if that's the case this little encoded link should work:

http://bit.ly/mazTm4



With regard to not having a hole in the end; adding one could benefit some users I suppose, but I wouldn't call it a problem. The trowel works as advertised :)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 20:06:00 MDT Print View

Next, Robert needs to write a 50-page user guide to supply with Version 2.

--B.G.--

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
Re: Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 20:12:55 MDT Print View

That's great, Robert!



B.G. - I'm [sincerely] confused on how a bigger hole in the handle would better allow the trowel to be used as a stake. If it's a matter of line attachment and angling back the trowel doesn't work, wouldn't a small loop of appropriate lightweight cordage suffice as an attachment point?

As it is, it could be used as a dead-man, I think.


Of course, a bigger hole in the handle would make it a pinch lighter!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 20:31:35 MDT Print View

Aaron, the photos show no holes at all in the handle. So, what do you mean by a bigger hole?

Most tent stakes have either a hook or an eye for attachment.

--B.G.--

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
Re: Re: Re: Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 20:34:47 MDT Print View

B.G. - now I see where you're coming from.

Robert's trowels do have a hole in the handle; without measuring mine, I'd say it's about 1/8" or so. The yellow coating on the handle nearly fills the hole and you can barely make it out in the pictures on this page (3), but you can clearly see them on the first page of this thread.

Edited by AaronMB on 06/24/2011 20:37:11 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 20:47:56 MDT Print View

The May 14 photos show holes. The later photos show no holes. It appears as though there was a design change (a "slipstream release"). Of course, the ones with holes would be slightly lighter in weight, which is a plus. Also, you can easily tie to them, which is a plus. So, it seems that the two pluses have been eliminated.

--B.G.--

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trowels gain in fame on 06/24/2011 21:00:20 MDT Print View

Hmmm... the case of the vanishing holes. Mine never had one to begin with. Now I feel like I've missed out on the revolution.

Dave Jenkins
(Jinx667)

Locale: SoCal
Holes on 06/24/2011 21:25:11 MDT Print View

Mine has a hole that is filled in with the yellow rubber. I could easily poke it out if I need to.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Holy trowels Batman !! on 06/24/2011 22:01:58 MDT Print View

Just to clear up the confusion . . . the very first dozen trowels I made in the Fall of 2010 (without yellow handles) did not have holes. All trowels made in 2011 have yellow handles and holes. The yellow rubbery coating often fills the hole, making it harder to see the hole in a picture. That's why some pictures show holes and some do not (but the holes are there). Those that would like to add a thin cord to their trowel can just poke through the coating. No worries, mate!

Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
Gotta have one on 06/24/2011 23:02:11 MDT Print View

Order sent. It was the yellow handles that sold me. :o)

Michael

Edited to note that I send payment to the wrong address (D'oh!). Fortunately, the other fellow was honest enough to refund the money (Woo-hoo!). I gotta pay more attention...

Edited by MichaelReagan on 06/25/2011 00:47:35 MDT.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Sump digger on 06/26/2011 07:06:13 MDT Print View

Discovered another use for the trowel this weekend. Water was hard to come by, so I had to dig a sump with my "Original" trowel where there was a little trickle of water. The hole filled with water, I scooped it out, filtered it, and wasn't thirsty anymore.

Stargazer

P.S. I hope everybody cleans and sanitizes their trowel after every use. ;-)

John Abela
(JohnAbela) - MLife
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 06/30/2011 02:39:15 MDT Print View

Hey All,

I got my trowel last week and had a chance to put it to some use :)


I badly needed to get my mind off work today so I spent tonight working on a video.

Its kind of a video comparing another trowel, a stake, and this Ti trowel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWNZPUVO81M

I think for where I live, I am going to pick up the larger one and see if I can get any better performance from it.

Also thinking of putting my duck tape around the handle. This would get the duck tape off my hiking GGLT4 hiking pole (less weight there, eh!) and give the trowel a little bit better hand protection.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Availability update; travel plans on 07/08/2011 13:22:02 MDT Print View

OK trowel fans, FYI I will be away from 7/15 through 7/24, so any orders placed after 7/13 and before 7/24 will probably not ship until 7/25 or 7/26 when I'm back home. So if you are in a hurry, just be sure to get your order in by 7/13. Can you dig it?

Edited by QiWiz on 07/23/2011 16:35:07 MDT.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Thanks for your patience, back in trowel production mode on 07/23/2011 16:38:12 MDT Print View

I'm now back from my West Coast swing. Trowel production and shipping are resuming Monday 7/25 (orders placed tonight and tomorrow will ship then; next day shipping as a general rule will continue henceforth) ; )

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Still available on 08/01/2011 17:52:16 MDT Print View

Trowels still available. A few BPLers have emailed to ask, so hopefully all uncertainties can now be put to rest. You order, I send a trowel, usually the next day.

Tyler Fisher
(qtrlbrwchs)

Locale: northern california
OG on 08/02/2011 20:05:29 MDT Print View

Payment sent for original.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Come on now on 08/02/2011 21:36:03 MDT Print View

If your trowel needs a hole, get the gol darn drill out and make a hole. Bpers and such are always altering gear anyway. Thanks for saving me an expensive oz., but it should do a better job than my single purpose aluminum tent stake and look purdier.

Duane

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Holey trowels are all I make on 08/02/2011 22:30:57 MDT Print View

Let me be perfectly clear. All the trowels I am making now and have made for the last 6 months have a small hole at the end of the handle. This will allow for a thin cord to be attached if the user so desires.

Can you dig it?

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
PM Sent again on 08/02/2011 23:55:46 MDT Print View

Love your trowel. Need another! PM sent shortly!

Dan Rimar
(tarpon6)

Locale: Florida
Trowel on 08/04/2011 06:38:53 MDT Print View

Took my titanium trowel to the Sangres and it performed beautifully. Cuts through small roots with ease. At .5 oz you don't know it's there..

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Trip coming up on 08/10/2011 14:44:17 MDT Print View

I'll be on the road, on the trail, then on the road for two weeks beginning Friday, August 26. Looking forward to 10 days in the Wind River Range. During this time, you are welcome to place orders, but I won't be checking emails or shipping trowels until I'm back on September 10.
So . . . orders placed until midnight on Thursday, August 25th, can be expected to ship the next day. Orders between August 26th and September 10th won't ship until September 12th.

September 10, 2011 UPDATE: I'm back from the Winds, so you can order and expect next day shipments again. Can you dig it?

Edited by QiWiz on 09/11/2011 14:21:42 MDT.

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Incoming on 08/10/2011 19:15:51 MDT Print View

Have just sent off payment for one big dig! Looking forward to it--very light, and I bet it cuts through tough soil much better than my plastic trowel. Also great when you have to go mano a mano with a grizzly. Well, maybe not.

Jake Willits
(TrailSavvy) - MLife

Locale: Arkansas Ozarks
hit me twice on 08/10/2011 20:29:55 MDT Print View

Paid for 2 originals on Paypal. Giving one to my buddy in Montana for hosting me next month in the "Bob".

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Way to double up! on 08/19/2011 13:44:15 MDT Print View

Q: What's better than a titanium trowel . . . ?

A: Two titanium trowels!


Can you dig it ?

Ismail Faruqi
(ismailfaruqi) - F
One Big Dig on 08/21/2011 21:33:10 MDT Print View

payment sent.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Back from the Winds and trowels are again available . . . on 09/11/2011 14:24:04 MDT Print View

September 10, 2011 UPDATE: I'm back from 10 days backpacking in the Wind River Range, so you can order and expect next day shipments again. Can you dig it?

Ryan Krause
(rmkrause)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
woo on 09/11/2011 15:11:55 MDT Print View

Payment sent for a big dig!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
The trowel team is getting BIG! on 09/20/2011 11:04:20 MDT Print View

I can hardly believe it myself, but I think I've now made and sold 200 trowels (I don't have an exact count, but it's plus or minus 5 from 200 at this point). A growing group are BPLers who are either getting two trowels for their initial purchase or are coming back for a second trowel for a spouse or friend. I call them "Double Diggers" . . .

You too can join Team Trowel! Can you dig it?

bryan ennis
(neeonbrowwn) - F
pointed tip on 09/20/2011 16:32:37 MDT Print View

hi,

first off, thanks for taking the time to fulfill a need not addressed by any of the big gear companies.

could you produce a semi-custom order?

i was hoping for a pointed larger trowel

thank you

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
The trowel team is getting BIG! on 09/20/2011 17:45:51 MDT Print View

Congratulations, Rob! That's a lot of trowels. You should be proud of what you've created. A lot of us are truly digging it. When you become famous, don't forget us little people that made you great! I can't wait to see what other contraptions you come up with...

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Decal for the bear canister/car on 09/20/2011 18:39:23 MDT Print View

We need a sticker for the bear canister or car.:) Just need a catchy saying.
Duane

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Pointed questions . . . on 09/20/2011 18:41:52 MDT Print View

In response to Bryan's question, it would not be difficult to make a more pointy trowel. The advantage is maybe better digging of really hard or compacted soils (personally I try to avoid these situations, but sometimes you have no other option). The disadvantage is that the pointier the trowel, the harder it is to remove loosened soil from your cathole. A tent stake or hiking pole is a good example of this disadvantage in its most extreme form. I tried to send a PM to Bryan to discuss his needs but he does not have PM set up. The bottom line is that I can remove material from the tip of an Original or Big Dig to make the profile more pointy; I just need to know how pointy you want it. Bryan or others with this need can email me a description or a photo of a drawing of what you want. Can you dig it?

I'll have to think of a decal idea. There's probably someone out there with a decal cottage industry I can use. Leave No Trace has one I like saying "Leaving Your Mark is Overrated". How about . . .

decal

Edited by QiWiz on 09/20/2011 19:53:00 MDT.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
SPECIAL OFFER on 10/01/2011 19:09:54 MDT Print View

________________________________________________________

SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER 2011:
Any past or present trowel purchase gives you 10% off
($5) the price of my newest creation, the "Little Buck" saw:
15 inch blade, about 4 oz! - You know you want one ; )
________________________________________________________

Watch for Little Buck post with full description, coming very soon !!

LB1

Edited by QiWiz on 10/06/2011 05:01:46 MDT.

Tad Van Zante
(slartibartfast) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 10/06/2011 10:35:42 MDT Print View

Just sent a payment for a Big Dig. Thank you!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Saw 'N Trowel. What a combo . . . on 10/13/2011 13:38:11 MDT Print View

A couple folks have jumped on the special offer, still good till the end of October, and gotten a "Big Dig" UL Trowel AND a "Little Buck" UL Saw shipped to them for a measley $80. If you can't CUT IT, can you DIG IT?

chris kim
(kimchi101) - MLife
Diggin It. on 10/24/2011 09:02:22 MDT Print View

Payment sent for 1 Big Dig and 1 Orginal. Thanks!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Gettin ready for the Christmas RUSH ! on 11/02/2011 14:41:40 MDT Print View

Q: Now that Halloween has come and gone, many BPL'ers are wondering
"What should I get that special someone for Christmas?"
or maybe . . .
"What should I ask that special someone to get ME for Christmas?"

A: What could be better than a featherweight trowel?
You decide - "Big Dig" or "Original" - you just can't go wrong!

Can you dig it ?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Happy Holidays ! Happy Digging ! on 11/15/2011 13:33:34 MST Print View

As it gets colder, you may be sayin' . . .
I think I'll use a WAG bag rather than digging a cathole, but . . .

Q: How are you gonna get those stakes out of frozen ground in the morning?

A: With my trusty Original or Big Dig trowel, of course!

John Abela
(JohnAbela) - MLife
Re: Happy Holidays ! Happy Digging ! on 11/15/2011 14:31:36 MST Print View

I started off the holiday season by giving away my Original on the last BPL group hike I went on! My Big Dig trowel has found a happy place in my backpack every time I leave the house!!

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
DigSaw on 11/17/2011 15:46:51 MST Print View

Robert, is it possible to cut one of the side edges of the BigDig into a sawtooth pattern, making it a multipurpose... DigSaw?
Not sure if you have the working tools necessary to do something like that, but I'd pay a few extra bucks for it. Whatever you think the time is worth.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Hmmm . . . on 11/17/2011 17:23:39 MST Print View

I could file serrations into one edge of a trowel. However, the trowels are thin (0.016" thick), so I don't think they would work as a wood saw. They probably would work as a serrated knife. If this interests you, email me or PM me and we can work out an arrangement.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Better than I thought . . . on 11/17/2011 19:01:26 MST Print View

I gave it a try, and found I could create sawtooth edge with 3 teeth per inch. It actually cuts wood! I could improve it by bending the teeth outward a tiny bit alternating the direction of the outward bend. Still not sure how useful this would be, but users can be the judge of that, not me. I could also make the saw side longer by not rounding the digging tip much on that side. Anyway, if anyone wants this new option, add $9 to the price of a Big Dig ($45) and I'll get one out to you. Let me know if you want the less rounded digging tip. Here's a closeup of the saw edge teeth:

digsaw

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
Cool on 11/18/2011 02:07:17 MST Print View

Might also be useful for cutting snow & ice. Who knows.

I wonder if it might be more robust if the teeth were slightly less deep, given the thinness of the material. But it looks pretty good!

I'm also tempted to ask what you think might happen if the whole trowel was then curved with a flatter, less U-shape, to facilitate cutting through thicker material without jamming up. Would it compromise the strength too much?

Anyway, seeing as I asked for it I'll be the guinea pig :) Expect a payment shortly. Thanks for doing it!
Just give it your best guess as to what you think would work and what wouldn't; I'll trust you and won't complain either way.

Edited by dasbin on 11/18/2011 02:10:40 MST.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Bradley's Big Dig 'n Saw on 11/20/2011 19:16:31 MST Print View

OK; its getting mailed tomorrow morning and here's what it looks like. I altered the trowel shape a bit to maximize the saw edge component. Also reduced curvature a bit and tinkered with saw teeth to flare them slightly right and left. How well it will work as a saw remains to be seen. May depend on what you try to saw with it.

dig n saw

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
Great on 11/20/2011 20:04:43 MST Print View

Cool, thanks Robert!
I'll report back on its efficacy once I get a chance to use it.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Trowel time again . . . on 01/03/2012 13:18:39 MST Print View

With the new year, many ultralighters are seriously looking at their gear list for that upcoming trek, wondering where they have missed a gram here, and a gram there.

Look no further. If you don't have an Original or Big Dig in your kit, you don't have one of the lightest trowels on the planet! Available nowhere else. Can you dig it?

Meanwhile, the Little Buck 2G saw has been officially unveiled and there's a thread about it on this forum.
Even made a neat little video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M36rgcDWoQY

Happy Digging!

Noel Tavan
(akatsuki_the_devil) - MLife
re on 01/03/2012 13:33:52 MST Print View

Excellent video!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Prices? on 01/03/2012 13:54:56 MST Print View

Robert, would you mind reposting the trowel prices frequently so we don't have to search through all those pages of posts in this thread to find the latest version? Thank you!

I will be ordering a Big Dig later this month. I have the Original which works fine for me, but my grandkids need something a little bigger for effective digging.

Edited by hikinggranny on 01/03/2012 13:56:12 MST.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Prices reposted on 01/03/2012 14:03:56 MST Print View

If you look at the very first post on this thread, I always have updated information there on prices, availability, special offers, and any other pertinent information.

It's great that BPL allows post editing for as long as they do (thanks moderators!). But to answer your question, for the foreseeable future:

Prices are still:

$36 for the larger Big Dig, 0.6 oz, about 7.15" long
$29 for the smaller Original, 0.4 oz, about 6" long

If I need to ship your trowel outside the continental USA, add another $2

Make PayPal payment to me at robkelly54 at gmail dot com
Use this same gmail to email me with any questions you have

david delabaere
(davidvcd) - M

Locale: Northern VA
Price and size on 01/04/2012 07:01:37 MST Print View

I'm interested in getting both the saw and trowel.
since it's on the original post, can I assume that the $5 off deal is still effective ?

I wonder if the bigger is worth the extra weight/expense.

For that matter I wonder which one is most in demand.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Thru-hikers friend indeed on 02/10/2012 08:48:31 MST Print View

When you are in need
And even in hurry
An UL trowel can speed
Your digging in a flurry

Thru hikers on both coasts are dreaming of
their AT or PCT hike and getting their gear
list together. How about you?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Getting trowels is even easier than before on 02/20/2012 10:12:57 MST Print View

New website with trowel and saw info: QiWiz.net

Includes the ability to order by just clicking a button!
Special offer available!
Pictures!
Video!

More enhancements planned . . . stay tuned

Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Limerick anyone? on 03/04/2012 08:15:20 MST Print View

There once was a guy from PA
Who was constantly losing his way
Then he lost his trowel
And said with a scowl
"I better get another today!"

Don't you be this unfortunate.
You know you want another one . . .

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Limerick anyone? on 03/04/2012 12:44:32 MST Print View

She smiled and said "How do you do?"
I said, "Excuse me, I'm taking a poo..."
"Well yes, I can see,
But that trowel, well gee!
It's increased your cool factor by two!"

So get a trowel, and get the babes.....

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
That's the way on 03/04/2012 12:53:39 MST Print View

I guess she was impressed

Can you dig it?

Edited by QiWiz on 09/25/2012 08:37:26 MDT.

Eric Dysart
(ewdysar) - F

Locale: SoCal
Just received my special combo deal on 03/05/2012 11:10:52 MST Print View

I received my special combo kit over the weekend. The "Big Dig" is weirdly light in my hand, though it's certainly not too big.

And the special deal was to add one of the Little Buck 2G saws, with a free tyvek envelope for the saw and save $5 over the price of buying the trowel and the saw seperately.

The saw is pretty neat, it goes together easy and should be excellent for making quick work of cutting firewood on the trail. While I was first putting it together on the kitchen counter, my wife walked in and asked "what's that?" Finishing the assembly, I proudly stated "a saw", she responded with "I thought you were trying to take less stuff, to make your pack lighter. I handed her the saw and she said "ohh, that is light, I guess it makes sense." I handed her the Big Dig, and she said "what is this made of?, it hardly weighs anything." She really doesn't care about most of my hiking gear, but I think that both of these items impressed even her.

And kudos to the new website, it made ordering easy and meant that I didn't have to wonder if I did my math right.

Thanks for making such cool products available

Edited by ewdysar on 03/05/2012 11:12:06 MST.

Kevin Hall
(ClassicMagger) - F
Big Dig... on 03/06/2012 13:15:14 MST Print View

I just sent you some funds for a Big Dig... I'm actually excited....about going in the woods.

Thanks,

-Kevin

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Just received my special combo deal on 03/06/2012 13:58:51 MST Print View

I also want to give Daps to QiWiz for my combo.

Incredible tools! I won't ever feel guilty about packing a saw or a trowel again.

High five!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Special offer still good for 6 more days . . . on 03/26/2012 11:26:41 MDT Print View

James - Thanks for the kind words.

Trowel plus saw "combo special" offer expires midnight PST on 3/31/12.

I'll be out of town from 3/28-4/1, but will be able to ship any combo specials you order on 4/2 or 4/3 when I'm back.

Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Special Combo deal on FireFly stove PLUS Big Dig or Original trowel ! on 04/03/2012 11:33:53 MDT Print View

Details available on the website as well as easy as pie ordering. See QiWiz.net

Now you're cooking!

Can you dig it?

J H
(jlhilliker) - F
stove used with Esbit? on 04/03/2012 15:47:39 MDT Print View

Do you think you the stove could be used with an Esbit brick, in the case of wood being too wet to burn, or is the distance between the floor and pot too great too heat sufficiently? I would imagine you would need to use the solid notched floor plate if using a solid fuel brick like Esbit.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
What about other fuels like Esbit and alcohol for FireFly stove? on 04/04/2012 14:45:52 MDT Print View

Justin and others with multifuel stove interests: I am actively working on a multifuel option for the FireFly but its hard to do R&D when orders need to be fulfilled. In any event, you can expect that in 2-4 weeks there will be an option to get an UL Esbit and/or simple alcohol burner for the FireFly stove that will be suspended at just the right distance from your pot base, with heat concentrated and protected by an effective windscreen (which is not needed in woodburning mode). It looks like this option will be very light, possibly less than an ounce. Stay tuned. There is a FireFly stove thread on the Gear Deals forum and that's a better place to continue the discussion if you like, but I'll let you know when this option is reality rather than vaporware. ; )

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Special offer ends next week . . . on 04/26/2012 11:17:13 MDT Print View

Discounted price on either a Big Dig or Original titanium trowel when ordered at the same time as a FireFly stove.
Special will be available until May 1st.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 04/28/2012 02:22:18 MDT Print View

Curious...the edges look very sharp. Are they meant to be cutting instruments as well? I would want that thing lose in my pack if it has "ninja edges!"

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Not sharp but thin on 04/29/2012 16:11:40 MDT Print View

One of the key steps in making the trowels is to make sure they are not sharp, so as not to cut someone accidentally. However, they are thin enough to 'cut' through small roots and turf with ease. Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Special discount offer on trowel combo available for just one more week on 05/21/2012 08:13:48 MDT Print View

Don't miss out on the opportunity to get both the lightest cathole trowel AND the lightest 15" buck saw on the planet at about a 10% discount. QiWiz.net has all the information. Offer good until midnight, Memorial Day, EST!

Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Gear of the week! on 06/13/2012 08:47:46 MDT Print View

Just found out that a PCT thru-hiking couple really like their Big Dig. Thanks for the compliment. Check out their blog at:

http://alongerwalk.tumblr.com/post/22722805849/gear-of-the-week-the-big-dig-cathole-trowel

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
July 4th Special Combo Deal on 06/29/2012 17:45:59 MDT Print View

Until midnight, PST, on July 4th, you can get a great 10% off deal on a titanium trowel with a Little Buck saw. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get both the lightest cathole trowel AND the lightest 15" buck saw on the planet. QiWiz.net has all the information. if you want to get the larger 24" MEGA Buck saw, contact me and I'll give you a similar discount.

If not familiar with my trowels, you can read a recent review at SectionHiker.com

Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Upcoming trail time; avoid delays! on 08/17/2012 10:06:10 MDT Print View

I'll be on trail from 8/30/12 through 9/15/12.

Gear ordered in next week (through 8/24) will be mailed out before I go. ; )

After that, you may have to wait until the week of 9/17 to get your gear : (

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
BPL community special offer on 09/17/2012 14:47:05 MDT Print View

Order any two pieces of gear as long as one of them is a trowel, and I'll give you a 10% PayPal refund!
So, thats's a trowel and a stove, a trowel and a saw, or even two trowels.
To get the refund, mention "BPL SPECIAL" in PayPal message field at time of purchase.
Offer good through 9/30/2012 only.

Can you dig it?

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
I can dig it...and saw it. on 09/24/2012 16:15:03 MDT Print View

Just ordered at Little Buck and a Big Dig. Can't wait to use them next month!

With a combo like that, one could probably call themselves a "Log Master". Cut'em up and lay'em to rest! HA!

Edited by f8less on 09/24/2012 16:15:45 MDT.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Can you improve on perfection? ; ) on 11/25/2012 08:35:11 MST Print View

You betcha! Just because you make the lightest cathole trowel on the planet doesn't mean it can't be made even better.

I'm always interested in improving my designs. Credit to Stephen Barber (see his Big Dig mod thread in Gear forum) for raising the issue of a more comfortable handle end. Credit to Ken for giving me the idea of adding more layers of rubber coating. But I decided to add extra just at the very end of the handle (so as not to add weight), and I like the results a lot. See the photos. As of today, all trowels I ship will have this "handle-end enhancement" treatment. Added weight is negligible. The average Big Dig even with this beefed up handle end still weighs just 16 grams. Can you dig it?

handle1

handle2

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Re: Can you improve on perfection? ; ) on 11/25/2012 08:59:07 MST Print View

Excellent! And two grams lighter than the Sugru mod! Your clever adaptations of suggested mods are why I enjoy interacting with you! Thanks for the honor!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Santa-time trowel special on 12/05/2012 15:05:10 MST Print View

During December, stuff your Christmas hiking stockings and those of friends and family with the lightest cathole trowels on the planet.

The more you get, the more you save . . .

Can you dig it?

Details at http://qiwiz.net/specials.html

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Zia products on sale as well on 12/05/2012 16:48:17 MST Print View

I want to remind everyone that all of my Zia products are on sale as well, through December 31.

Details on this thread:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=69161

So when you buy your fine Big Digs, don't forget to click on "Stoves," then "Accessory options," to find my products on Rob's QiWiz.net web site.

You can't have enough titanium stuff!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Diggin' the New Year with a BPL only special! on 01/14/2013 11:14:55 MST Print View

If you are hankering for a titanium cathole trowel and Santa forgot to put it in your stocking, I'll rebate 10% of your PayPal purchase back to you - just send a message that includes the code "BPL10" when you order one or more Big Digs or Original trowels through the end of January. QiWiz.net is the place to go.

James Arzigian
(Renais) - M
Wind screen on 01/14/2013 12:06:20 MST Print View

QiWiz,
Any more news on when the canister stove wind screen will be on your site for sale?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Windscreen update on 01/14/2013 12:53:10 MST Print View

At this point I'm leaning towards not selling canister stove windscreens. I have several designs that work for me and I finally have the titanium foil I would need as of a few days ago. However, I'm concerned about user safety, given that people don't always read and/or follow directions, given that I cannot possibly test my system on all of the canister burners that are available, and given that literally ALL the canister stove manufacturers recommend never to use any kind of windscreen due to the danger of overheating a canister risking canister explosion. Though the risk seems small to me, I certainly don't want anyone to be injured using gear I have sold them.
However, I will be selling 4 sizes of titanium windscreens for alcohol and Esbit stoves on my site fairly soon. Give me another week and you'll see them there.
One thing I might do is post pictures or videos of what I have come up with, so that others who want to use my canister stove windscreen designs at their own risk can do so.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
When even a Big Dig is not enough . . . on 02/12/2013 12:23:37 MST Print View

MEGA Dig to the rescue.

I have had some requests for custom larger trowels. For example, there are some folks that use small wood burning stoves to heat tents and tipis in the winter, who wanted a light tool to remove and manipulate coals and hot ash in these stoves.

Then there are those who just want something even bigger than a Big Dig ; )
The MEGA Dig is 8.5 inches long and weighs 0.9 oz.
Big Dig for comparison is 7.25 inches long and is less than 0.6 oz.

Anyway, you now have 3 size choices for your next titanium trowel purchase at QiWiz.net

Can you dig it?

Trowels3

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
MEGA March Sale is ON! on 03/01/2013 08:20:17 MST Print View

During March, 2013, buy any trowel OR wood burning stove and I'll rebate back to you 10% of your entire order, including any additional items you want to get at the same time. To get the discount, visit my Specials page and add the discount to your order for a penny.

And you thought March Madness was not related to backpacking!

Can you dig it?

Edited by QiWiz on 03/01/2013 08:21:02 MST.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
March Madness Sale has one week to go . . . on 03/24/2013 05:51:30 MDT Print View

Only one week left to take advantage of the best deal I have ever offered:

Buy any trowel or wood burning stove, and I rebate 10% of your entire gear order back to you. New MEGA Dig trowel and FireFly XL stove qualify.
(International extra shipping excluded)

Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
June "Add a Penny" Sale in effect until the end of the month on 06/13/2013 09:42:32 MDT Print View

To get a 10% discount on the rest of your order, buy any trowel and add a penny by going to my Specials Page and adding that option to your cart. Rebate will only be given if this option is added.

Can you dig it?

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Secret Sign on 06/14/2013 20:04:22 MDT Print View

I think these should be the universal membership card to the International Secret Society of Gram Weenies. And yes, I admit to having one too.

When I see someone hiking by in an Arc Blast in the Sierra I intend to silently wave my Titanium spade in greeting and hope my secret brother or sister will do the same in return. No need for a secret handshake, when you have these.

Edited by millonas on 06/14/2013 20:07:13 MDT.

Brian Mix
(Aggro) - M

Locale: Western slope, Sierra Nevada
I'm on the fence for ordering, on 06/18/2013 20:48:49 MDT Print View

Can you advise of material thickness and heat treating specs?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Super light, but still super strong on 06/19/2013 10:09:43 MDT Print View

The MEGA Dig trowels are 33% thicker than the Big Dig and Original trowels. However, the strength of the trowels comes from their shape, not the thickness of material, which is quite thin.

The shaping of the trowels is the result of a multi-step heat treatment, developed with lots of trial and error.

Even though not actually sharp, the thin profile makes easy work of cutting through small roots or meadow sod. The trowels are strong enough to pry small stones out of your hole as you dig.

I've literally had not a single person ask me to take a trowel back because they thought it was not light enough or strong enough. You will not be disappointed.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Add a penny August sale in effect until the end of the month! on 08/18/2013 15:54:10 MDT Print View

You can get rebates during the rest of August on any size trowel and/or FireFly or FireFly XL stove. Make sure to "add a penny" on the Special Deals page to activate your rebate.

QiWiz.net has all the info . . .

Edited by QiWiz on 08/18/2013 16:02:02 MDT.

John Hillyer
(TrNameLucky) - MLife
Re: I'm on the fence for ordering, on 08/18/2013 16:22:57 MDT Print View

I have had the original in my kit for about 1500 miles of hiking the AT and it works great. Thanks to Pennsylvania rocks, my titanium tent stakes are all bent up but this little trowel looks like it did when it was brand new. Weight: 11.8 grams.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
November sale on any size trowel - Can you Dig It ? on 11/09/2013 08:57:21 MST Print View

Thanks John for the nice comments. I've had a couple folks have to replace a misplaced trowel, but no reports of breakage have ever come my way.

During November, you can get more than 10% off any size titanium trowel or a regular FireFly stove. Callin' it a FIRE SALE (get it?). Just go to the Specials page for all the details.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
RE: November sale on any size trowel - Can you Dig It ? on 11/09/2013 14:36:50 MST Print View

Well, that was *just* the incentive I needed. Digging it already...Payment sent! :~)

Edited to say -- received, with thanks!!!

Edited by Wildtowner on 11/20/2013 17:50:09 MST.

Wally M.
(gator) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Don't leave home without one! on 11/10/2013 13:29:44 MST Print View

Great product Rob.
Got a Big Dig several years back. Still going strong in Sierra soil.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
January SALE - 10% off of 2 or more trowels !! on 01/22/2014 07:48:05 MST Print View

Go to my Specials page to order any combination of sizes (including 2 of the same size) and you will get 10% off 2 or more trowels of any size.

Christopher Gilmore
(chrisjgilmore) - F - MLife

Locale: New Almaden
They're back again: The lightest cathole trowels on the planet ! Titanium, two sizes on 02/17/2014 13:04:24 MST Print View

Just sent my paypal for a big dig.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Who will win this contest? on 08/12/2014 05:02:54 MDT Print View

Drop-N-Roll sent me a link to this video of LoveNote and Stryder having a cat hole digging contest in the Wind River Range during her CDT thru hike. LoveNote is using an Original trowel. Stryder is using something that is about 15 times heavier. You be the judge.

http://youtu.be/0g-L3yfukpg

Can you dig it?

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Heat treatment makes titanium stronger, apparently on 10/24/2014 08:24:30 MDT Print View

I get the occasional inquiry about how my trowels can be so strong, and so light at the same time. Great question!

I'm no metalurgist, but I recently read that when some metals are shaped using heat (titanium being one of the metals with this property), the strength of the resulting shaped metal is higher than if the same shape is cold-formed, or created by bending without heat.

I'm gonna say that this is one of the reasons that my very-thin trowels are so strong. They are all shaped in the fire of a propane torch by me, by hand, one at a time, in the USA. Can you dig it?