Instead of carrying a bunch of different tools for different purposes, you can use this mod to craft a multitool that fulfills the functions of the shovel, axe, pickaxe, and shears. It also does significant damage to mobs.
Crafted in crafting table
S = Stick
M = Plank, Stone Block, Iron Ingot, Gold Ingot, Diamond
Tested on Minecraft 1.8.9
Built for Forge 1.8