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My need for a good garden fork came about when we took on our allotment late last year. It was very overgrown and serious digging was required! I have a fork at home for my small garden plot but was fed up lugging the heavy thing backwards and forwards.
I chose the Draper 88791 Carbon Steel Border Fork purely based on price, it had been heavily reduced on Amazon. It's currently reduced with an RRP of £18.89, it's currently £14.36 delivered.
**On First Glance**
The fork itself is made of carbon steel that has been hardened. It felt incredibly solid but was very light (it only weights 998g). Great news for me as occasionally it needs to be moved back and forwards from our allotment. The handle is made of plastic, it feels very sturdy and well made. The fork and handle are well fastened together. I've had a few forks in the past with pretty ropey joins but I'm happy to say that this is solid.
**Road Testing the Fork**
Well if there's any good test for a new fork, it's got to have been the overgrown jungle that was our allotment. Boy had it been left to go wild. This fork made things so much easier for me. The spikes went into the ground with ease. The fork was very sturdy and allowed me to put all my weight on it at times with both feet and then turn the ground over. It's lasted throughout the main bulk of digging the very overgrown plot over. I found it very easy to use, the handle was well shaped and easy to grip, it's clear Draper had ergonomics of it's use firmly in mind.
It's helped me tackle a massive project, even Doc Leaf plants (the roots on these are massive) were tackled with relative ease. This fork is very light and easy to use, but certainly doesn't mean it can't tackle harder ground.
This fork is actually quite short compared to your average garden fork. It was the perfect size for me - I'm 5'2" I usually have some difficulty working with standard garden tools for this reason. My husband (much taller than me) complained that it was hard to work with, he found himself bent over it much more than our other fork.
If you're on the smaller side, I'd highly recommend this fork for allotment or garden use. I'm so pleased with mine, that I'm buying a second one to keep at home.