“ The Wilkinson Sword Hand Trowel is comfortable to use, long lasting and well made. All for a very reasonable price. „
Last year, I moved into a house with a fairly big garden, the garden needed a lot of work as it was full of weeds and over grown grass. Because the areas what were flower bed was just covered in weeds, I had to get a few garden tools, to dig the weeds out and this was one of the items I picked up.
The trowel has a wooden handed and a stainless steel spade. I would say it measures about 5 inches, which looks about standard size for trowels. It feels very lightweight when being held.
I mainly used this for digging around the roots of the weeds and trying to pull them out. I don't think the trowel is actually designed for just pulling and digging out weeds and roots, But in this case it done the job, and a very good one at that. I found it very strong and really helpful even when pulling out some off the biggest weeds and roots I had ever seen. Not once did the trowel get bent or had any dents in. I thought it was very strong.
The handle of this really helped as it was quite snug to hold and a good grip. Even when I spent a few hours just digging I didn't end up with any red marks or blisters on my hands, mainly because the handle is very smooth.
I found it dug into the soil with ease, and was good for dealing with hidden stones and rocks underneath the soil.
I have left this out in the garden, this winter as I don't have a shed, and it is starting to look a bit battered so I may have to replace it this summer, but if I do I will be replacing it with the same one.
I think I paided around £6.99 for this for b&q.
I do occasionally like to do some gardening, but I wouldn't really call myself a big fan of gardening. If the sun is out then I would plant some seeds, maintain some of the flowers already in the garden and just try and keep my garden looking tidy. Therefore one of the garden tools that I find is a must have is the Wilkinson Sword Wooden FSC Hand Trowel and comes in very handy indeed.
== Price ==
I purchased a Wilkinson Sword Wooden FSC Hand Trowel for around £6 from eBay when I was shopping for other garden items, and I was personally quite happy spending £5 as it seems like a reasonable price. The price should be similar across online stores, but it is still worth shopping around if you need to save some pennies, however £5 is still quite cheap in my opinion and Wilkinson is a good reliable brand.
== My Experience ==
I am pleased that the price is quite cheap, as it is a very simple looking tool and I would be a little bit annoyed if it cost over £10. It is a basic gardening tool, that has a wooden handle and a stainless steel head.
I found the handle to be very comfortable to hold and is designed so there is a little dip in the middle which allow me to form a good grip whole digging out the weeds or excess soil. There are times when I have used this for a good hour or so, and find that my hands are not aching or feeling crampy. The end of the handled is nice and rounded so it does not feel like it is digging into the palm or hands, and I was pretty impressed that I could do my gardening for a good hour without my hands feeling tired or uncomfortable.
The Wilkinson Sword Wooden FSC Hand Trowel is nice and lightweight, which is great for me as I am bit if a weakling! The added advantage of this being lightweight means I can garden for hours if need be without having to worry about straining my hands.
The spade part of the head is made from strong stainless steel material therefore removes weeds easily and digs into the soil or compost with ease. It also feels more than strong enough to deal with harder stones or small rocks that may be hiding underneath the soil. It's metal material makes this a very strong and resilient tool that works as a great quality gardening tool that long lasting, as I have had mine for years and it is still in great condition with no real signs of wear or tear on the handle or head.
== Verdict ==
Overall I would recommend this Wilkinson Sword Wooden FSC Hand Trowel as it very cheap and helps make gardening that much more easier and less tiresome. It is a great quality item that is long lasting and lightweight and overall a must have gardening tool.
As you will know from my previous reviews I enjoy keeping my garden nice and growing plants and use a number of tools to do this especially during the summer. I use this Wilkinson Sword Wooden Hand Trowel alongside the garden fork that I reviewed previously, and like to use the Wilkinson Sword brand as they are known for their high quality and durability and last longer than cheaper brands.
The trowel is made from stainless steel for durability and has a wooden handle. I tend to use it several times a week not just for digging in my garden beds and moving plants but also for picking things up off the lawn such as snails and leaves and the occasional little present that my cats have bought me. I would therefore not be without it.
On use I have found the trowel to be very robust and good at digging though the earth. I rarely need to use a spade when digging a hole to plant a new plant as I tend to find that I can get through the earth with this trowel easily. Even though my earth can be a bit heavy and has some clay in it the trowel has always coped well and has never buckled or bent at all.
The handle of the trowel is made from smooth wood which is comfortable and helps give an easy grip so you get good leverage when digging. 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 trowel has lasted well and 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 trowel comes with a 5 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.
The trowel can be bought from a number of retailers and garden centres including Homebase and Amazon for about £7.99 which is good value for money considering it should also for several years.
Overall I would recommend this garden trowel if you want a trowel that is robust and built to last.
Having recently renovated my garden, I decided to purchase this tool to make planting flowers easier. Previously I had used a full size shovel which was not only ridiculous it was a pain, having the small trowel makes things to much easier, neater and quicker. Instead of removing half of my garden with each dig, I can neatly dig a small hole and then carefully refill that hole, saving time and effor.
I purchased this trowel for just £3 as it was on sale. I believe normally they are around £5 so I thought this was a great deal.
The trowel feels sturdy and the edge is quite sharp so it cuts into the ground well. The soil in my back garden is quite rocky and I occasionally hit a brick. This has had no effect on the trowel and it still digs small holes, perfectly fine.
I can't really expand on this as it is only intended for one thing ... to dig small holes and it does that very well. The quality of the trowel makes it perform very well and makes gardening simple.
I wouldn't hesitate paying full price for this trowel as it is well built, it does a great job and after some heavy use, it still operates like new.
I would recommend keeping the trowel clean so that it doesn't rust but after a few months, it looks like it has been used, but there are no dents, bends or deep scrapes so this trowel should last me a lifetime!
This is a very good product that should be in every gardeners toolkit.
There is nothing I love more than seeing flowering plants in my garden all year round and I regularly buy trays of flowers to plant in the beds and rockeries. I have owned this Wilkinson Sword hand trowel for just over a year and have been more than pleased with it and use it all the time for digging and planting.
The blade is stainless steel and is quite a pointed shape which makes it good for making deep holes and it is has a fairly deep curve so you are able to get quite a good amount of dirt on it without it falling off. The handle is a light coloured wood and is shaped so it is easy to hold and has a hole at the top for you to hang on a hook. The edges of the blade are quite sharp and easily cut through roots and vines. We have a large cotoneaster plant at the edge of the rockery and the roots seem to spread for about a metre and this trowel cuts through these with no problem.
I find this trowel very comfortable to hold and I have never had a blister whilst using it which I have had from previous trowels. As it is wood it stays quite cool to the touch so your hands don't sweat when using it. It feels sturdy and I am not worried that it is going to snap or bend when I am trying to get it through hard dirt or stony areas. I probably use it for about an hour at a time but sometimes longer if I am planting my hanging baskets. My husband also uses this occasionally and has far bigger hands than me but he also says that he likes using it.
When I have finished with the trowel I just tap the excess dirt off and then wipe it with a cloth or my gloves. I find this is sufficient and the trowel looks quite clean. At the end of the day it is a tool for the garden so doesn't have to be pristine.
This trowel is by far the best I have used and will replace it when it eventually wears out. It does have a five year guarantee however I tend to get rid of receipts when I have a clear out so probably wouldn't be able to find it. I paid £5.99 for this from a local garden centre which I think is a good price. It currently retails for just under £10 but there are on line offers for about £6.
Recently we moved into a new house and this house had a very small garden and a green house. To be perfectly honest we would happily get rid of the green house to make a little bit more space, but as this is a rented property it's not an option. So a few weeks ago we decided to make use of the green house and also plant some new grass on our small patch of soil that we have. When we were doing this we realised we were going to need a few tools. Not wanting to spend a fortune and realising that we weren't going to be doing any serious gardening, we just bought a few simple cheap ones. This was one of them, the Wilkinson Sword trowel.
The trowel is pretty much a basic one with nothing to special about it. As you can see it has a nice wooden handle and then a metal digging part. The handle has a nice feel to it and although I wasn't using for very long, I would say that it fits well into your hand and given extensive use should still feel quite comfortable. The metal section seems pretty solid, it's strong and unlikely to bend if you hit a stray rock or something like that. One thing I quite liked about the metal part of the trowel was that when you put it down on the concrete it makes a ringing ding sound. This is no way really contributes to the performance of the trowel but it always made me smile when it happens.
When it comes to price and value this is pretty good. There are probably cheaper ones out there but this one just cost us around £5. As Wilkinson Sword is a pretty well known name I assumed we would be getting a decent quality trowel and as I also liked the look of this one I thought it a decent option.
After using the trowel you have of course the option of cleaning it. To be honest I didn't bother as the ground we were digging in was fairly dry so the dirt just brushed of fairly easily. I would say that if you were going to give this a good clean it should not be overly hard and it should clean up nicely.
So overall I would have to say this is a very good little trowel. It's perfect for those simple little jobs around the garden, it might not be ideal for heavy work or regular use, but for the average household I can't see any reason why you would not buy this one, unless of course you have no garden. Although we have only had this trowel for a short time, I would imagine it will be one we are using or many years into the future. So all round a very good little trowel.
Ah, the English garden. Mowing, pruning and of course, digging. There are different categories of this, but when it comes to bedding new plants in, relocating our cat's loving presents to the rubbish, removing weeds and a whole host of other bits and pieces, nothing beats a good trowel.
Wilkinson sword are best known for their range of razors. They did actually make swords up until 2005, and have previously produced products as diverse as motorcycles and typewriters. On to this particular product. The first thing you want a trowel blade to be is constructed from stainless steel. Why? Because it is going to get wet. A lot. Rust does not only look unsightly, it rots the blade and dulls the edge.
You will not be cutting anything in the traditional sense, but a good sharp trowel edge can crunch through small roots with ease, to say nothing of parting stubborn soil. This is most helpful if you are planting or relocating a number of items. It also helps turning the soil to aerate it. My hands are fairly strong, but my wife's are not. A well designed and sharp trowel helps her also.
The handle is made of wood that has been nicely finished. I like the feel of a wooden handle over plastic, metal or rubber. There's just something pleasantly old fashioned about it. We've had this trowel for several years now, and there is little sign of wear. A few scratches here and there, but no rust has formed, the blade has not loosened at the handle and it is as easy to use now as it has ever been. It doesn't matter whether its wet, dry, hot or cold. It's very simplicity of construction means that it will be around for quite a few years still. Pretty good for something that cost under a tenner, eh?
I have owned my Wilkinson's Sword Hand Trowel now for almost eighteen months and I use it regularly, mainy at weekends. I bought it in Home Bargains at a cheaper price than you would normally pay for this make as I think it normally retails for about five or six pounds. I actually paid £4.89 for mine which I personally think is a real bargain.
It has served me really well over the time I have had it. It is easy and comfortable to use and I use it mainly for potting in the garden and also for digging up the hard clay-like soil in my garden and replanting. It is made from stainless steel and it is also rust resistant. I have left it outside on a lot of occasions during the time I have had it but it has shown no sign of any rust as yet. The handle is made of hard varnished wood and this is also all in good order and a good state of repair.
The handle is very comfortable and I am able to get a really good grip, even with my gardening gloves on and it does not slip. My other half also uses this regularly and she has also commented on how good it is to use.
It is made by a brand that I know and that I trust and I also own many other gardening tools from this manufacturer and they are also proving to be excellent purchases. Great if you can get them cheaper in a discount store too, of course, as it can be considerably cheaper than paying full price.
I am hoping that my trowel will continue to be in good nick in another couple of years time and I am sure it will as it still looks as good as new.
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Gardening has become something I'm spending a lot of time doing lately and so I figured I might as well take the time to write a little bit about some of the trusty tools that I have been using. This trowel was purchased from a local gardening centre towards the end of last year and I believe that I paid just £5.00 for it. The main reason for my purchase was that I had some small plants I had been growing that I wanted to transfer in to my garden and I wanted to wait until after the frost had been as it's quite cold for a lot of the year where I live.
This towel is stainless steel so it's sturdy and long lasting. I have used it on quite a few occasions over the past 9 months or so and it's been left out in the garden, on occasion, in all weather including several days of snow we had at the start of the year (whoops!). The handle is a smooth thick wooden handle and it's very comfortable to hold. I usually wear gardening gloves when I am gardening and these are very thick but I could definitely use this without the gloves with no comfort issues at all. The handle is easy to hold for both myself and my husband who has your average man sized hands!
I mainly use this trowel for replanting and for removal of the occasional dead/damaged plant or patch of weeds. It doesn't get used excessively, maybe every few weeks or so and is not in use as much as some of the other items in my garden. This is not to say that it's not being used regularly enough for me to have tested out the quality by now. When I left this in the garden a few times in Winter it was very weather beaten but the handle is still smooth, soft and comfortable with no signs of weather or water damage. The trowel itself is showing no signs of rust or warping even when I have used it for some heavy work as well.
Generally I would say that I am very pleased with this trowel. It was cheap when I purchased it and it has done a fantastic job at lasting so far. I have been able to leave it lying around without worrying about things damaging it and it is robust enough to dig up plants and weeds whenever I need to use it. It's almost a pleasure to use and with it having a 'Five year guarantee' I don't have to worry about it breaking anytime soon, well, if it does I can just get a new one!
I paid £3.99 in Wilkinsons for this garden trowel after our previous one suffered a fatal handle break which was not worth trying to repair. It comes with a five year guarantee however I cannot imagine I would ever be able to find the receipt if I ever needed to claim on it and given the cheap price it would be less hassle just to replace it.
Having said that it is a sturdy little hand trowel given the price and after a few uses it shows no real wear and tear and I reckon it will last a good while given that it will not get a huge amount of use in our garden. It is ideal for weeding and planting activities. The head of the trowel is stainless steel which makes it nice and easy to keep clean and also means that it is water resistant so should not rust it properly cared for. The steel is quite thick and certainly seems to be robust, it is able to handle heavy ground with no signs of bending or becoming distorted in shape.
It has a wooden handle which is comfortable to hold however I always wear gardening gloves and these give a little extra padding and comfort. It is a nice large handle making it easy to grip and complements the robust feel of the steel blade.
The length of the blade can be a bit restrictive however this is an ideal trowel for weeding and tidying up boarders, it's size would also make it good for window boxes and other types of plant pots as well where dexterity is important.
When we got our house we had to buy at least the basic gardening tools and as money was tight at the time I bought a little trowel from our local pound store. It lasted for precisely 3 weeks before the handle snapped of so we went to our local Homebase and bought the Wilkinson's Sword FSC Hand Trowel. At £5.00 it was more expensive than my "bargain" trowel but is still going strong 2 years later.
The Wilkinson's Sword trowel has a lovely rounded wooden handle which makes using it very comfortable, it doesn't make my hand ache after using it and although it doesn't have any "grips" as such its shaped so it really doesn't need any. The handle is made from FSC controlled wood which stands for Forest Stewardship Council. If you are interested in finding out about this you can go to www.fsc.org.
The wood is lovely and smooth and I have had no experience of splinters.
The Wilkinson's Sword logo was on the handle of my trowel but it has started to rub of now, and there is also a small hole to hang the trowel up should you wish to.
The "spade" part of the trowel has been made from stainless steel helping to make it rust resistant and weather proof, although its never a good idea to leave gardening tools outside. Its a regular shaped trowel and the stainless steel is supposed to help stop soil sticking to it although I personally cant really see that soil doesn't stick to it myself. My trowel came with a 5 year guarantee so I'm pretty confident that it will stand up to quite a lot of "gardening hours".
My trowel has had plenty of use since I bought it. I use it for planting, weeding and just when I want to give the soil a little dig over to make it look nice. The trowel, as I said, is comfortable to hold and use, I never get sore hands. It feels strong to use unlike my cheap one which felt very "bendy" when the soil was a bit hard. I have found planting with this easy, I like to use it when I am removing a plant or adding one in between other flowers. It doesn't disturb too much surrounding soil and does the job easily.
Of course if you are planting larger things then a trowel will be no good but for smaller things and general little digging jobs in the garden the Wilkins Sword FCS trowel is one I would definitely recommend. Its light and comfortable making it easy to use.
The trowel is still available and is currently £7.99 on www.amazon.zo.uk.
1 of the reasons I picked this hand trowel up was because the price of it was cheap enough and also I have used other products from the Wilkinson Sword range and they seem to be good, well made tools.
I picked this up in Homebase about 5 months ago and got it for around £5. The Trowel I was using i'd had for a good few years and although it's not a tool that I use all that much my one just looked a bit rusty and a little bit chipped. So time for an upgrade I thought.
The quality of this seems to be pretty good. The Stainless Steel is nice and shiny and although you know it would get a bit grubby it's nice to start off with. The wooden handle is thick enough and easy enough to hold.
The tool isn't that high, so is easy enough to dig this in and get to work. If you dig this into the Soil then turn this tool around then you will get the Soil all churned up well.
There isn't much else really to say about this. It allows you to turn the Soil and scoop it out easy enough and it does the job well. Not the cheapest or dearest Hand Trowel out there, but this seems to be a good one and I think this will last a good enough lenght of time as well.
Wilkinson Sword is a very well known brand, but is probably more recognisable as a razor blade manufacturer than a gardening tool company! Wilkinson Sword have a very positive reputation for high quality and this continues through to their garden tool division. Their Stainless Steel Hand Trowel is a product I bought at my local DIY store and the quality is clearly visible from the start. When I noticed the product in the store I picked it up and it felt sturdy and of a high grade, but without actually using something it isn't inconclusive that such products are of a high standard.
I paid around £6 for my Wilkinson Sword Stainless Steel Hand Trowel, and I believe this to be very good value for money. Very basic and cheap trowels can be picked up cheaper, but they never have the intention of lasting many years, which I hope this one will! The Stainless Steel construction of the trowel blade gives this particular trowel an edge over its inferior competition due to its ability to work soil much easier and Stainless Steel doesn't rust, stain or corrode as easily as other types of steel or metal. When looking to buy such a product it could be said that buying anything other than Stainless Steel would be foolish as it is unlikely to last anywhere near as long as one of Stainless Steel comstruction.
The other part to the hand trowel is obviously the handle. Trowels can be bought with wooden handles, hard plastic handles and also various types of rubberised finishes for added grip and comfort. The Wilkinson Sword Stainless Steel Hand Trowel has a very simple wooden handle, but I don't find it uncomfortable to use at all. I think having a rubberised finish to it would be of benefit, but I can't particularly criticise the simple wooden handle. The Wilkinson Sword logo is proudly stamped onto the handle in black, and this just goes to prove that Wilkinson Sword are happy to put their name on this product so it must be of a high quality!
I have owned my Wilkinson Sword Stainless Steel Hand Trowel for around 6 months now, and although the Stainless Steel construction hasn't had time to prove its durability in terms of rust it certainly has given me confidence that it is strong enough to dig through tough compacted soil and the blade cuts almost effortlessly through the ground. If you can pick this trowel up for under a tenner then I would certainly choose it over a cheaply made hand trowel any day!
To say I am not a keen gardener is an understatement. I approach the gardening a little like I approach the ironing.....I don't enjoy doing it, but it is simply something that has to be done (but only when absolutely necessary!). I mostly use if for a little bit of weeding, but also I have a small spice and herb garden and so I've used the trowel to shift soil in order to plant. I don't use the trowel often - maybe every month or so, and so more keen gardeners may be able to compare this trowel to others in terms of effectiveness, but I can only basically tell you how I found using this trowel in particular. I bought it from www.toolmix.com for £8.42 which was the cheapest price I could find for a stainless steel trowel - and I really wasn't bothered about buying anything more than a product that was not basic.
Ultimately, the Wilkinson Sword Wooden FSC Hand Trowel looks like a shovel for minature people. It's for a stainless steel blade which is curved and quite sharp at the distal end (the end away from the handle). The sharp pointed distal end means that this trowel moves through soil easily, even when the soil is dry and compacted and so I usually don't have to put in much effort. In addition to this, because the blade is curved, it seems to pick up a good amount of soil in one go so that you can turn the soil easily. I have found that the soil does not stick to the trowel blade - on account of it being a shiny stainless steel and so between each dig the trowel blade does not need to be cleaned. The edge of the blade is sharp - but I do find that it's not sharp enough to cut weeds on (apparently you can get a blade that has a serrated edge that would be good for this purpose). I have found that there is a little bit of rust on the blade, but it is quite minimal and superficial - and is probably the result of me being lazy and not cleaning and drying it thoroughly after being used.
The Wilkinson Sword Wooden FSC Hand Trowel has an ash handle which is comfortable to hold. The wood hasn't split or become splintered despite the fact that I haven't really looked after it as well as I should have looked after it.
Overall, this trowel is fine for my basic needs.
I have recently been getting more and more into gardening this summer - despite the period being relatively poorly weathered recently. I've tried a range of new gardening tools and re-discovered some old ones disassembled at back of my garage and garden shed. But one which I have only just purchased is a brand new Wilkinson's 'Wooden FSC Hand Trowel', which I bought in-store from one of Homebase's many outlets nation-wide. On the whole I received good service from the store, and with the five year guarantee Wilkinson's supply with all tools sold, it looks like they're confident of the quality of their equipment.
The quality of craftsmanship evident in the construction of the trowel is excellent. A stainless-steel head, materialised to make the device both water-resistant and easy to clean and maintain (...with soil tending not to stick to the trowels surface as easily), was the best choice of material for the device. The steel is extremely tough, and unlike some cheaper alternatives, the trowel won't bend under the strain of digging a difficult hole. This means the product provides excellent leverage when removing soil, routes and stones from a garden.
The handle is made from conditioned wood, and attached to the trowel head via a stainless steel arm and a 'ferrule' (...which is a small metal ring joining the two materials with strength). Comfortability is great, I haven't received any blisters from using the product, and the handle is conveniently large enough for a suitable grip to be maintained when wearing thick gardening gloves. The handles unique shape also acts to aid in the positioning and gripping of the fingers, as the base of the wood is wider than the top, helping your palm to sit more naturally.
Due to the high quality of materials making up with light-duty tool, it feels and performs extremely durably. There's no way any of the parts will be in danger of snapping of falling from the main structure, and this statement is backed up by the products 5-year guarantee. The whole product feels long-lasting and up to the challenge of most mediocre garden tasks. One of its downfalls however is its length, and therefore poor ability in aiding the replanting and planting of plants. For that, Wilkinson's do produce another trowel product, but it would have been good to see both uses integrated within one device.
I find that the length of the product also hinders its ability to dig deeply enough for a substantial amount of everyday gardening tasks that you really don't want to utilise a large spade for. Stuff like finalising garden boarders, mixing up compost, and planting smallish plants is easy, but anything in need of planting that is greater in height than 80-100cm becomes tricky due to the length of the routes.
Overall I find this device very useful for small tasks, but not so useful for others. It sure is durable, reliable and well-made, but that doesn't stop you needing to purchase a whole set of different sized trowels to get the jobs done. naturally, Wilkinson's produce all the tools you could possibly need, and all with that unique 5-year warranty, but at what cost? Well, this product was priced at £8.99 when I bought it, so you can decide for yourselves.
Stainless steel heads reduce soil adhesion and help prevent rust.