What's going on guys black Scout survival today we're going to be doing battle of the eTools I got the US Marine Corps Gerber USA made as well as the CRKT trencher which is a veteran designed entrenchment tool so now we're gonna go ahead and demo these products talk about the good and bad of both of them let's talk a little bit about each.
One of these eTools etool like I said in the instructions for entrenchment tool basically in the military you they've been around for a long time lot of different designs throughout history and essentially they're carried by troops you know soldiers Marines various different groups of military all over the world and it's used really in.
Today's time to dig off fighting holes and stuff like that it's a one of a very we used a lot in the Marine Corps I mean hundreds of different uses you know even we got trained how to fight with them so they're pretty much very much used item in the military so when our first came in we had a different style similar to this but a gerber updated it for the.
Marine Corps and kind of just talk about this 37 ounces it's a little bit on the lighter weight they have some I like it's got a carbon steel shovel head but essentially all other parts are some type of a plastic polycarbonate or something and essentially you've got a saw blade here on the side you've got a pick on.
The back it kind of collapses down and you usually carry it in a case they make a great seat when you're using the bathroom going number two and there you guys so very compact not take a lot of room and this was actually pretty good usa-made you know I'm not a fan of Gerber they make a lot of junk but this is actually.
One of their better items that I do I do trust the thing about this is that it is hard to dig a fighting hole with something you know this small but it's better than caring around a big shovel so get that lot into place but I've had this one for quite a while works very well now talk about CRKT in trencher this is a design CRKT started.
Reaching out to some veterans various veterans for designers and products and this is one of those you can see here it's a lot more robust at ways I think 50 54 ounces I think and the cost difference on this one is about 50 this is about a hundred this one has all steel components all this closure and all this is steel but essentially this.
Is all it folds down to so you have a larger profile it does have plastic grips on the side but all the centerpiece is metal and then this is plastic this grip here but talk about the features of it this is carbon steel head as well it has a hard end tip here so you see that bolted piece there the Gerber does not have that so it does.
Have the possibility of getting bent if you hit a rock this will prevent that from happening we have a very good-looking saw here and we're going to try these out in a minute and it has a nail puller right here so a lot of good features also there's a blade here for chopping and fighting so obviously this is a lot more robust its.
Larger Scott a carry casing kind of mounted on but this whole handle sticks out a few more pounds so you know I guess this to me this would be a better option for carrying in a pack this would be more for vehicle kayak or something where you're you know you have a mode or of transportation to carry it in let's.
Go ahead and do some digging with both of these and go through and show all the different features of it so you seen it in action.
Just messing around with it I've had a lot of experience with these so this is kind of new and I'll say honestly I like the Gerber and I never you know thought I'd say that I like girls over something else but they're Gerber and etool is is it few reasons why one I don't know the the profile of the head is just a little bit better for for digging this has a.
Pic so whenever I was on that entrenching I didn't test the pic I used the head just like this one did the Gerber still but I feel like I perform better because the handle on this is a lot wider and I can grab it with both hands versus me having to kind of do it like a one over each other digging I do think this one digs a.
Little bit a little bit better because of the foot ledge right here the Gerber does not have such a good foot ledge but you know as far as moving dirt I think they're about equals just that I got a little bit easier penetration on the ground with that so sawing this one obviously solved better it has a little bit better salt but the problem is is.
The blade is curved so you can't really go deep I mean this is really this Saul is really for a glorified notching of something but sawing through lambs is gonna be really difficult now this one has a sharpened blade so the chopping could be a little bit better you know this one has you know more durable looking components but like I said I've.
Had this one for a while use it for a while now I do know in the Marine Corps some of these were breaking at time so that is a possibility it could be neglect or misuse on other Marines part but you know this one I think probably will stand the test of time longer but for a hundred dollars versus fifty dollars well I'm a sad plug go with the.
Fifty and that's just what it is I really thought the trench would duel a lot better it did better at chopping but I said that was about it the weight I think compromises ability to be carried so anyhow guys a Gerber wins and like I said I never thought I'd say that but that's what happened so anyhow guys let.
Me know your thoughts below and as always thanks watching flat scale survival
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