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New Border Spade

Discussion in 'Tools And Equipment' started by wiseowl, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. wiseowl

    wiseowl Friendly Owl Admin Staff Member

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    Good morning I need a new Border spade due to the fact that a I lent mine to a neighbour who didn't return it (Long story) I would like a Made in England spade but have just seen thiswhich amazes yours truly,could anyone recommend one please.

    No-one really makes solid forged forks and spades in the UK. In either carbon or stainless.

    If you see any spade or fork labelled "made in the UK" - be aware this does not apply to the metal parts!

    By law, fitting handles and painting the steel now qualifies as made in Britain - sad but true.
     
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    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    I always try them out in store Woo.....i.e. I simulate digging, feel the balance etc. Also look for stainless steel as they make digging much easier and cleaner; there are some very bendy lightweight stainless steel ones out there so check for quality here too.
    Cant remember the name but it came a few years back with a 10 year warranty....a joy to use. Not convinced by the "name" these days anyway
    So, I suggest going with an open mind, test the spade, check if it truly is made in England. :)
     
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        Would you consider a Made in Northern Ireland spade? Patterson's Spade Mill in Co Antrim belongs to the National Trust and is still forging them in traditional style: Patterson's Spade Mill

        They sell them too I think - at a price - but I can't find a link for that!

        Otherwise mine too is a Spear and Jackson and has done good service for a number of years. But I also agree that it's one of those things where you need to go along to a real-life store and try handing a few. As with cooking pans you need to find the one that suits you when it comes to length of handle, balance, etc.
         
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          Good afternoon @Marley Farley my friend I purchased this one as I did take notice of your advice and went for Spear and jackson" I just liked the feel and balance of it(ie our friend @Verdun good advice and so thank you to both of you,much appreciated my friends,and thank you :smile:@Clare G thank you my friend ,yes I would go with the one that you have so kindly suggested ,I do need another one so I shall follow that up:smile:

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