I love spending time in the garden and like to keep it nice and tidy. I love all the different varieties of plants and shrubs and try to get as much colour in it as possible. I do own several hand forks which I have collected over the years but a favourite of mine is this Wilkinson Sword fork. I have had it for approximately four years and really can't remember how much I paid for it, but you can currently get them on Amazon for around £7.30 and an online site Robert Dyas are selling them for just £1 with free delivery if you spend £40 with them.
You can tell this is a good quality fork as soon as you start to use it as it just feels sturdy and robust in your hands. I never feel as though the prongs or the handle are going to bend or break and it does withstand a lot of pressure. The wooden rolled ferrule handle is a light coloured hardwood and has been finished with a clear varnish which protects it against moisture. It is a contoured shape which is very comfortable and easy to hold and measures 5 inches long. I do usually wear gardening gloves but on the occasions when I have only been doing a small amount of digging and not planting so I don't have to put my hands in the soil, it has never given me blisters or any discomfort. It has a small hole at the end of the handle so you could hang it on a small hook if this is how you store your tools but I have never bothered with this.
The three prongs are made from heat treated carbon steel which makes them strong and long lasting. They are quite pointed and sharp at the end so it is easy to penetrate the dirt without using too much pressure, even hard compacted areas which are not often worked. The prongs are well spaced which makes it easier to turn the soil as it slips through the gaps. I find that when I have finished digging a quick shake is usually sufficient to clean it, but if the soil is a bit damp and I can see the soil sticking to the fork I will just give it a quick wipe with a cloth or my gardening gloves. It is supposed to be rust resistant but I will always put it away after use.
This fork has a 10 year guarantee but in my opinion it will last beyond that as I have used it an awful lot in the four years I have had it and although it doesn't look shiny and new any more, it really is still in a good condition. The prongs haven't bent or scratched and I have definitely hit more than a few small rocks and stones with it, and the handle has not peeled or stained. I highly recommend this fork as a good quality sturdy gardening tool which you can rely on.
I use a garden fork in my garden to help keep the beds weed free in between the plants and turn over the soil to improve its texture and have owned this Wilkinson Sword Carbon Steel Hand fork for a few years. Wilkinson Sword products are known for their high quality and durability and I therefore prefer purchasing them to cheaper brands which don't last as long.
The fork has a number of features including:
Heat treated carbon steel for durability
Classically designed wooden rolled ferrule handle for added strength and comfort during use
10 year guarantee
Weight - 200g
Dimensions - 36.8 x 10.6 x 5.2 cm
On using the fork you can straight away feel that it is a quality product that is robust and is not going to bend and break when you are digging the earth like some other models with plastic spokes. The wooden handle is comfortable and smooth and helps give an easy grip so you get good leverage when trying to work round roots or weeds in the soil. I have also found that it does not give my hands any blisters at all even if I have been using it for a few hours.
The fork is light and easy to maneuver and the spokes are sharp and well designed so they easily break up the earth and the soil does not stick to them. The carbon steel also does not rust at all although I would not recommend leaving it out in the rain all winter! You also do need to wipe any earth off it before storing it to help keep it in good condition.
The fork can be bought from a number of retailers and garden centres including Homebase and Amazon for about £7.99
The fork comes with a 10 year guarantee which sounds great but in reality I always find that I do not use these guarantees for cheaper products such as this as it is easier and more convenient jut to replace it. However having said that I think that this garden fork will last me for several more years so hopefully I should get a lot more use out of it yet!
In summary I would recommend this garden fork if you want a handy little tool that is robust and built to last.
A few days ago I wrote a review of the Wilkinson Sword trowel. I mentioned in my review that we had recently moved home and now had a very small garden. For this garden we decided we would need some basic tools. Hence a visit to our local garden centre to buy some supplies. While there we bought some turf, some plants, some seeds and some compost. Along with all this though we obviously needed tools to be able to help us out. There were not that many options at the garden centre so we went for some Wilkinson Sword hand tools. Along with the little trowel we also got a little fork. We have been using this for a few weeks now hence why I thought it only right that I give it a review.
So first of all how does it look and feel. Well as you can see from the picture this is made from a wooden handle with a simple three pronged fork section. The handle is nice and smooth and has a good feel to it. We were not using the tools for all the long but I imagine if you were to use them for an extended period of time they would still remain comfortable in your hand. I also like the way the fork looks, the light wood has a nice finish to it. The fork section is good solid metal and again looks the part.
When using the fork we found it had no problem biting into the soil and turning it over. The fork ends are sharp enough to get through tough soil or grass but not so sharp that they are going to take a finger or toe of when you are not concentrating. The metal seems to be fairly hard wearing so these should not bend easily and they should last a long time even with regular use.
The fork does not have any unnecessary groves on it which would make it hard to clean. The dry soil just fell away and if you were using this in wet soil you could easily give it a wipe down and get it clean.
The price of this fork was quite reasonable, we paid in the region of £5 and after having a look online it looks as though you may even be able to get one of these for closer to £3, so quite good value for a well known name in Wilkinson Sword.
Overall then I would have to say this is a very good little fork. I am sure there are better heavy duty ones out there on the market but if you just want a basic one for occasional work then you can't really go far wrong with this one.
I've reviewed a number of garden implements of late, but one I've not had the opportunity to review until now is the partner of the trowel; coffee to its milk, cream to its strawberry, icing to its cake. The humble garden fork. Because they are so complimentary, I got both at the same time by the same manufacturer, Wilkinson Sword. It is not a decision I have regretted.
It shares a similar look and feel to its sister tool, though the tines of the fork are of carbon rather than stainless steel. The end result is the same. It will not tarnish or rust and comes with a 10 year guarantee. Not something that manufacturers do lightly. Don't expect a replacement if you use it to pick up paving stones with, but if you stick to what it is designed for, you won't go far wrong.
The wooden handle is just the same though, and a pretty pair they are hung together. The same smooth finish that remains easy to grip, even with wet hands. Weeding or turning over soil is easy. Stubborn roots fall victim to leverage and on the occasions where I have struck a stone accidentally, it has not damaged the fork.
There are a few light scratches on the surface a couple of years later, but it remains as good as ever and I have no doubt that, barring the unforeseen, it will last even longer than the decade Wilkinson sword guarantees it for.
I bought this from my local homebase, though the larger supermarkets may well carry it also. Amazon certainly does. Expect to pay under a tenner.
For my last few reviews I have been rummaging through my garage looking for garden tools. I'm not a big fan of gardening, in fact for the most part I hate it. But obviously sometimes we all have to do things we don't really like and gardening is one of these tasks that has to be done. Most of the garden tools in the shed actually look rather lovely, despite having had most of them for quite a few years, they simply don't get the use they really should. One such example of this is the little garden fork we have. I recently reviewed the trowel and as these two often make a little set I thought I had better review the fork as well.
So this time we are looking at the Wilkinson Sword Carbon Steel Hand Fork. Why they have to give it such a long name I'm not sure. So this is just a simple small fork that can be used along with a trowel for breaking up the soil and digging out those pesky weeds. I think the reason we chose this one was simply because it matched the trowel, the two were a reasonable price and so it seemed like the sensible option to go for this one.
The fork has a stainless steel head which is quite nicely crafted when you look closely at it. This is supposedly so that less soil will stick to it when you are digging in the ground. On reflection I would say this probably does work, as more often than not when you stick it into the ground it does come out clean. The connection between the handle and the head looks very solid, this has never come lose in any way.
The handle of the fork is made from hardwood, it has a nice finish to it and it has been made weatherproof to ensure you can use this is all weathers and it will retains it's nice finish. The handle seems to be a pretty comfortable shape, it fits nicely into the hand and even when used over a longer period of time it seems to remain comfortable. This is an important thing in my opinion as many people who do a spot of gardening have soft hands and a poorly shaped handle will soon give them blisters.
When it comes to practical purposes the main reason we use this one is for weeding out those nasty little weeds. This fork is good fro breaking up the top soil and picking out the weeds. However, we have also used this one for scraping weeds out of the cracks in the patio, the fork tips are quite sharp so they get into the cracks pretty well and remove anything unwanted. There are probably quite a few other uses for this one so it really is a handy little tool to have around.
As I mentioned earlier one of the reasons we went for this fork was the price. Looking around online you can pick one of these up for less then £5 so they really are not to expensive at all. Value wise they rate very highly as this is the kind of tool that if looked after properly will last you pretty much forever. When I say looked after, all you really need to do to maintain this is give it a wipe when you have finished with it to remove and loose dirt and make sure you keep it in a dry place.
Overall then I would say the Wilkinson Sword Carbon Steel Hand Fork gets a big thumbs up. It makes a boring task easier and quicker and also comes at a very affordable price. If you want a good basic hand fork then you really can't go far wrong with this one.
I bought this from Focus about 4 months ago. My Garden really need work done to it, and I had a few tools, but nothing much, so I had to think what I needed and went and got some. The 2 reasons I picked this up was I got this at a good enough price and also I had vouchers to use in store. The Carbon steel wasn't so much of a sway for me, but I thought this would perhaps stop the wife moaning about heavy tools (I think thay could be her excuse for not gardening!).
I got this for £6.99. This was quite a cheap one in the store, but not the cheapest. There was plenty more expensive ones though. For all that I need 1 of these I didn't feel I needed anything fancy.
this isn't overly long, but due to the job that you use this for then it shouldn't be a long tool anyway. The wooden handle is chunky enough but easy enough to grip, and I find that when i've got this dug into the soil a good bit down to turn the soil then it feels sturdy enough and doesn't flex. The prongs on this are spaced far enough away to get this dug in and a good twist of the Soil and over all this is doing a good job for me.
I've used this so far around 10 times perhaps and this is still looking new and still alright.
There isn't much to say about a tool such as this, but I would recommend this for a good gardening Fork and I will be trying other tools from this range as they seem to be good quality and priced good as well.
The Wilkinson Sword Carbon Steel Hand Fork is ideal for dividing plants, digging and weeding. The head is heat treated Carbon Steel for durability. The rolled wooden ferrulle handle provides added strength and comfort during use.