“ Brand: Spear & Jackson / Product Type: Fork „
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I've owned this garden fork for about 5 years. Until coming to write this review, however, I was not aware it was labelled "Neverbend" which has amused me greatly, considering one of it's prongs is slightly bent! Oh well, let's have a look at it anyway...
What I really like about this fork, as with all my S&J tools is the sturdy feel of them. They just look and feel solid, trusty and built to last.
Overall, the fork is almost 1m high and the actual fork part is approx 200mm wide x 300mm tall with 4 prongs each about 10mm square. The face (or fork part) of the fork has a slight curve to it, curving slightly backwards between top and bottom. The main shaft of the handle is a hefty 50mm diameter, giving it a very chunky feel. The metal fork is moulded into a metal section which is securely riveted to the lower half of the shaft and the main upper part of the shaft is made from a light-coloured varnished wood which I really like the look of, and has retained it's varnished appearance so far. The actual handle is a solid grey plastic, which is slightly angled forwards, again securely riveted to the shaft. The metal, the wood and the plastic all look and feel like high quality materials.
My fork has had lots of use over the time I've owned it, including digging out a couple of pretty hefty tree roots, so I know it has been put to extreme tests over that time and I can't bring myself to be too harsh on it for it's slightly bent prong! In its defence, I have just tried to bend it back, and there is no way I am ever going to be able to do that with my bare hands or with my own full strength. Whatever caused it must have been very extreme or over-enthusiastic gardening! Overall it shows no real sign of deterioration, and to be honest, it has the look and feel that it would last forever. Considering whatever the fork went through digging those roots out (and getting it's prong bent) there is no sign of the handle or the shaft giving way or failing.
In terms of using it, the 1m length of the fork makes it more suitable to a taller person than myself but it's a pretty standard length in garden tools so no complaints there. It is fairly heavy to manoeuvre, though, and although it pains me to say it, it is more of a man's tool. If there is fork-work to be done in the garden I prefer my smaller fork whenever possible because of this if I'm honest.
Overall though I think this is a fantastic well-built garden tool which is well worth its price tag of around £25. It's the kind of thing you will only need to buy once in a very, very long time. I guess I have to knock off a star as it doesn't meet it's primary name-claim.
"Garden Hand Tool Category: Digging & Cultivating / Soild forged carbon steel head and socket with hammer finish epoxy coating. Weatherproofed hardwood shaft for greater durability. Features: Suregrip Handle; Forward Tilt for Optimum Wrist Angle; Improved Resistance to Rust & Scratches."