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This Spear and Jackson traditional weed fork comes with an impressive 10 year guarantee and is well crafted and ideal for weeding flower beds. Weeding is probably my least favourite garden chore that has to be carried out but as my other half is not exactly built for bending over for long periods as his back can give him a bit of trouble I tend to do a lot of the weeding as I'm pretty supple and it is not exactly heavy work.
I paid £6.99 for this weeding fork and it is a handy little tool. I like the fact that the hard wood ash handle is very comfortable and is slightly tapered in to the middle, I think the idea is to not only make it easier to grip but also you are less likely to grave your knuckles on the ground. The prongs are well spaced and with a nice length which makes getting out and weeds that have deep roots a lot easier. The width between the prongs allows for the fork to cope with larger grass based weeds that we sometimes get.
The fork blades are made from stainless steel and are mirror polished to help prevent dirt sticking to and clogging up the blades. Our soil is not very heavy so I'm not sure how this would cope in a heavy clay area but in our garden it does seem to work in that rarely does it get clogged up with soil. The finsh on the blades also protects the product from the risk of getting rusty.
Overall I cannot fault this product which also has a small leather wrist loop however I have never found the need to use this. The build quality if good and it has a nice reassuring weight to it which tells you it is a quality garden tool and one that is likely to last a long time. Certainly a brand I would recommend.
We have a few raised beds in our garden and I love nothing more than a good potter around, weeding and pruning. I bought the Spear & Jackson fork and spade, I had not heard of the brand before so was unaware of how good or bad they were.
The handle of the fork is made from wood with a leather hoop attached, handy for hanging up in the shed. The three prongs are quite sturdy, and set in well in the wood. Around June time we had been growing vegetables in the ground and I was weeding amongst them, after turning over the top soil, weeding as I went, I heard a bit of a crack, and after examining the fork, noticed the wood had split right down the middle, from the prongs up the handle. I took them back to the shop and got a replacement, the second one I have has not cracked again and seems to have been made a lot better, I am hoping this is not a design flaw with Spear & Jackson. Reading other reviews, it doesn't seem to be, so fingers crossed.
Overall I can not fault them (apart from the crack). I find the wooden handles better than plastic, as I feel they are less likely to break.
A couple of days ago we had a brief respite from the rain so I decided to do a bit of tidying up in the garden.
As we live on the slopes of the Great Orme in Llandudno which, of course, is solid rock the only garden that we have is some raised beds where I manage to grow a few bits and pieces.
As with most people I find that the rain makes the weeds grow so much more than the plants that should be there! At least the rain makes the ground soft enough to pull some of them out.
For the ones that need a bit of help I use my trusty Spear and Jackson Weed Fork. I have no idea how much I paid for mine as I have had it for years but they currently cost just £3.49 at www.amazon.co.uk with free postage so it sounds like a bargain to me.
I don't know about you but Spear and Jackson is always the first company that comes to my mind when I think about garden tools and I always think that they are synonymous with quality - that is what I have always found anyway.
This fork has a weather proofed clear lacquered ashwood handle which looks really smart. It has a hole in the end through which is threaded a durable leather thong type strap. This is ideal if you want to hang it up in the workshop or garden shed.
The three prongs are made from a hammer finished epoxy coated stainless steel. This gives the business end of the fork an improved resistance to rust, scratches, humidity and alkalines in the soil. It also means that the soil should not stick to the prongs too much making gardening easier.
As I said earlier I tend to use my fork mostly for removing weeds from the flower beds. I do this by pushing the prongs into the soil next to the weed and gently easing it up underneath to loosen the roots of weed so that it can be pulled free from the ground and thrown into the recycling bag ready for collection.
I have also used on the occasions that I have removed an old shrub. In this case I use the fork in the same way as I do for removing weeds although I tend to lift the roots so that I can cut them with the secateurs in order to remove the main body of the shrub. I then use the fork to turn over the earth so that I can then remove the remainder of the roots ready for the new plants to be put in.
Once I have finished with the weed fork I just either wipe it clean or rinse it under the outside tap and then wipe it dry - it's as easy as that!
As I said earlier in this review I have had my fork for many years now and it is still - maybe not quite as good as new - but not far off!
I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who needs something to help to keep their garden neat and weed free.
Garden Hand Tool Category: Digging & Cultivating / 112 (285mm). Mirror polished stainless steel head for rust resistance and minimal soil adhesion. Weatherproofed hardwood handle for greater durabilty. Tanged for knuckle clearance.