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Fiscars Hand Trowel
Right now I'm busy potting plants in pots and needed a hand trowel.
I picked this up in b and q and I believe it cost around the £3 mark so not an especially pricey garden tool. It can also be bought on various online sites.
The trowel is plain black matte with an orange tipped handle which features a hole for hanging the trowel up; I fully intend to get a hook for this before I lose it!
Basically it's a trowel but with a few features which appealed to me. The trowel is about 11inches long from end to end with the digging part being about 6" long. The thing I liked most when I bought it and continue to find a useful feature is the very deep scooping part of the trowel. This part is much deeper that on other trowels I have had, which makes it much easier to get a decent amount of compost out of the bag without said compost falling off the trowel before it gets into the pot.
The end of the trowel comes to a rounded point so I can get the dig a bit at the soil but its not sharp or pointy enough to dig through hard earth. I think you would need something metal or more pointy for this.
It's nice and lightweight (about 1/2 lb) and smooth and quite comfortable to hold. There's no fancy bits on the handle to help with grip or comfort but for the kind of limited gardening I do this is fine for me.
The trowel is one piece of graphite apparently of my glass construction. I don't know anything about this but it is good in that it is constructed of one piece of the material. My previous trowel was an old one with a wooden handle and metal scooping part and whilst it did last for many years, the Hadley did start to get a bit wobbly and I would imagine it would have come off completely after a while. Even so, the fact that it wobbled about made it uncomfortable to use. I have also found that the metal trowels start to rust when I invariably leave them in the garden.
This shouldn't happen with this one and even if it does, it has a lifetime guarantee although whether this would cover rust or not I don't know.
The website is www.fiskars.com and there are lots of similar products to try out.
This is a great little trowel. It's light enough for children to use with ease and the deep scooping part means that I feel my pots quickly without ending up with compost all over the ground.
Inexpensive, good quality and effective, I would recommend this and will certainly be buying another as my spare.
Thanks for reading