Doomsday Shovelers

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism, Imminent Catastrophe at 2:28 pm by George Smith

Patron saint of Doomsday Preppers?

While I’m not watching any more episodes of National Geographic’s pitiful series, Doomsday Preppers, that doesn’t mean press releases for it go unseen. Published to to maximize the appearance of one of the show’s profiled preppers, it advertises a a fellow who has unsurprisingly built a business on survivalism.

For example, what better way to face power grid collapse after electromagnetic pulse attack than with a special doomsday shovel made only in America?

The doomsday shovel, called the Crovel — I think being a contraction of crowbar and shovel — is here.

Much of Doomsday Preppers is obviously devoted to the acquisition of survival gear and militaria.

For example, the appeal of the doomsday shovel must be its adaptability born in the tradition of the battlefield entrenching tool. It is not only for digging a hole but also for bashing those who would steal your dried corn, pemmican and preserves in the head.

Various illustrations on the Crovel’s sales page tease potential customers with the potential.

“As a fighting tool, it can have some devastating results,” it reads.

Don’t forget to stock up on army camos and some barbells.


  1. Chuck said,

    February 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    It’s a toy.

    Note that the video shows a guy working in loose, sandy soil.

    Let him try digging a latrine in the hard clay around here that will break the blade on a normal spade. One digs around here using a mattock pick–which is probably far more devastating as a weapon–and a spade with reinforcing bars and gussets.

    The most useful thing on it appears to be a bottle opener for those Bud long-necks.

  2. George Smith said,

    February 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm


  3. Thucydides said,

    February 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    This is made by the same guy that shot his own finger off.

  4. George Smith said,

    February 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Fortunately, I missed the excitement. This only reinforces the assumption that the series is well beyond pathetic in its aim of monetizing the kooks.