Product Type: Spear and Jackson garden tools
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did I find fairies at the bottom of the garden......?
Spear & Jackson Elements Hand Trowel
Member Name: freud
Spear & Jackson Elements Hand Trowel
Advantages: good size yet not too heavy. great design. attractive
Disadvantages: none for me
You may think I am a sad person, maybe I am, but if you,like me, like to potter around the garden then you will agree that it is important to have the right tools for the job. Then the more you use them and then lose them (unfortunately a common occurence in both our house and garden) and the more replacements you buy then you realise you miss your old tools. Hence the reason I preferred my old trowel to finding (possibly dodgy fairies) at the bottom of the garden.
I paid the princely sum of £1 plus p&p on eBay as apparently the owner had been given 2 for their wedding anniversary - so I reckon it was one of my best bargains because it was brand new. I think the trowels sell for well over £3 now.
Dooyoo have provided a good picture but it isn't clear that the actual metal is hammered. I think this important as the design prevents unwanted weeds and ready-to-be planted bulbs being dropped quite so easily because it is not totally smooth. There is an an epoxy coating on the trowel which helps reduce rusting, peeling or scratching. It may give off some kind of smell which dogs don't like (our 2 gnaw at all our garden tools) or it may be the texture but I know the dogs are not interested in this thank goodness!
The handle is lovely too - I love anything wood and this is ash which has been weatherproofed but still feels like wood and has retained its lovely colour. There doesn't seem any way in which the handle can become separated from the trowel part due to the fab, yet simple design.
It looks smart too with the logo proudly bearing the maker's name. I am guessing the weight is just over 1 pound which is good for me because any heavier would not help my weak back. It measures approximately 5" which suits me fine.
It has a good quality leather strap too which is a simple but welcome addition meaning it can be hung up in the shed/ garage/greenhouse so it does not get displaced. However, I cut mine off because I only have small hands and I found it was getting in the way of my weeding, planting and general use. Silly me - no wonder I could not find mine- I forgot that hubby and I built a snowdog (as opposed to a snowman) last winter....
- very sturdy yet not too heavy
- lovely smooth handle
- well designed trowel which can easily be cleaned by running under a hosepipe/ tap
- great price
- pleasure to use
- highly recommended with maximum star rating from me
Summary: durable, well-priced garden tool which I missed
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