One of my biggest frustrations when newbies get into survivalism is their belief that a single tool can “do it all” or, at least, that a multi-functional tool can be as good as a standalone tool. The sad truth is that the vast majority of these so-called multi-functional survival tools are useless, particularly when it comes to YOUR survival!
The following video demonstrates this idea quite well via a multi-functional shovel which also acts as a hatchet, saw, and with some models includes a compass and who knows what else. Aside from something like a Leatherman Wave (my personal favorite) or similarly well-made multi-tool which is actually designed for such a purpose, buy tools that do ONE job and do it WELL.
That is, choose to buy the best shovel to dig a hole, the best knife to gut a fish, or the best hatchet to chop wood… you’ll be glad you did. FYI, I’ve skipped about a minute plus into the following video to get past the intro: