Fork that's robust?

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coldandwindy

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Fork that's robust?
« on: April 06, 2023, 10:13 »
I've got other fiskars things (scissors, pruners) but I'm wondering whether to get a fork like this .. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiskars-1003458-Solid-Garden-Fork/dp/B00J7PWW1O/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2FP24SJPS55LA&keywords=fiskars%2Bfork&qid=1680772286&sprefix=fiskars%2Bfork%2Caps%2C239&sr=8-3&th=1
Most people seem happy with them but a few of the reviews say the tines bend easily.
Anyone got one & can tell me what the quality is like?
Thanks,
Windy.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2023, 09:35 by coldandwindy »

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coldandwindy

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Re: Fiskars fork - robust?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2023, 12:01 »
Obviously no one has one! :D

Maybe I should have just asked "which fork?" , anyone ?!

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Re: Fork that's robust?
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2023, 14:30 »
I have a Wilkinson Sword stainless steel fork and spade pair, that are probably about 20 years old and still going strong.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Fork that's robust?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2023, 14:56 »
When the one I had for 20 years went walk about I replaced it with a Wilkinson Sword one from Robert Dyas that's doing just fine so far.

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Re: Fork that's robust?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2023, 08:46 »
I have my Grandads fork it's an old Belway (Bulldog )on its 2and handle in 80 years,and that wouldn't have needed replacing if some silly sod hadn't hit it with the rotavator,  jezza

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Re: Fork that's robust?
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2023, 06:52 »
I have a C K fork and spade that are stainless steel wouldn't be with out them for clay soil,spade is mainly used to dig holes for cremated remains ,a little bit of dignity     jezza

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Re: Fork that's robust?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2023, 09:02 »
We got a bulldog spade and fork which are well built. Another thought is go to some sort of antique place where they sell old tools as they will be better made and last longer.
I work very hard so don't expect me to think as well.

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Re: Fork that's robust?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2023, 15:16 »
IMO, the key is the tines and how they are shaped and what they are made from.

Tines should be as thick as possible.  Preferably square in cross section, not D-shaped with thin edges. A good steel is important.

It is hard to tell much regarding these characteristics from an Amazon ad.  I will admit the Spear & Jackson in the same link caught my eye. It had me at "Solid forged from a single piece of steel for great strength".  The tines look right in one of the close-up photos. That isn't a brand we have over here, so I don't know their reputation.

I have one that is similarly constructed that is 30 years old.  Wedding present. I think it was from Gardener's Supply, but the brand name has worn off.

Any garden fork can be bent or broken. If you routinely need to turn rocky or rooted ground, and find yourself needing to exert a lot of pressure on the fork, get a good long-handled mattock or pickaxe to go with the fork.  Or a digging bar.  I sometimes need to excavate small quartz boulders, so I have both a pickaxe and a digging bar.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2023, 21:25 by Subversive_plot »
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