Stainless Steel Garden Tool Set : Fork, Cultivator,Trowel
This listing is for 2 garden tools from Brook and Hunter including the fork and cultivator.
Stainless Steel Hand Fork:
fork is primarily used in container gardening to move small amounts of loose soil or for some weeding applications. Like the cultivator, the fork has three prongs which make it ideal for penetrating soil in compact areas. But unlike the cultivator, the fork’s prongs are wide and flat and extend straight out from the handle. This allows them to lift and transfer small amounts of soil.
Stainless Steel Hand Cultivator:
This diminutive, three pronged device is used for loosening small amounts of soil and has some weeding applications as well. In compact areas such as in rows or beds, or around delicate saplings and plants, the small clawed tines of this tool can effectively penetrate and loosen areas without causing unnecessary damage a larger implement might.
-Highest quality, hand crafted red oak wooden handle.
-Stainless steel aloy with multi-layer polished blade.
-Weight: .38 pounds
-Dimension: 12.25 x 3 in.
-Limited lifetime warranty
- Bent Sheet Steel: As far as blades go, these are the least expensive of the bunch. They are manufactured by the thousands and found in abundance in outlet stores. They are very prone to bending, rusting and even breaking. These blades are heavy, cumbersome and require a significant amount of effort to use. Do not be seduced by a low price. Unless this purchase is for a single project or you consider the tool disposable, avoid this purchase.
- Tempered Carbon Steel: Because of its strength, this material is a popular choice in the manufacturing of tool blades. The blades are often painted or coated with zinc to prevent rusting. If fitted with a quality handle, this tool should last a good while, but the zinc or paint protection tends to wear off, requiring routine coats of oil to prevent rusting in the future. Should the blade be allowed to rust, its rough texture will stick to soil making it 75% more difficult to use. Essentially, a well-made carbon steel tool can have good balance, but there will be significant sacrifices with regard to lightness of weight.
- Stainless Steel: For some years, this material has been the preferred choice for many gardeners. The polished surface makes it easy to use and its weight-to-strength ratio is excellent. While the strength of stainless steel has been long admired, it is the slickness, even in soil or clay, that is making this material a very popular choice among a wide range of gardeners and professionals. Like carbon steel, stainless steel has a long life expectancy, but unlike carbon steel, it is very easy to care for and can continue to shine and stay free from rust indefinitely. In years past, this option was by far the most expensive, but prices have declined to a point where a stainless steel tool can often be found for less money than one made with carbon steel.
The handle is the only part of the tool that is in constant and direct contact with the gardener. Because of this, a handle must not only be durable, but comfortable, no matter the what temperature and regardless of whether or not the gardener is wearing gloves. While there are several designs of handles, we will limit our attention to the evaluation of materials only.
- Plastic: Historically, this has been a poor choice for gardeners due to its lack of longevity. Over time, the plastic becomes brittle, tending to crack or split at the ends. While polypropylene and fiberglass innovations have improved some of these shortcomings, the plastic handle has never been an acceptable option for nature-loving gardeners.
- Steel: If strength were the only concern in a handle, this would definitely be a prime choice, but after considering the weight of the tool (even without soil on the blade) this option fades quickly. Commercial landscapers tend to use these because the type of work they do demands durability, regardless of the sacrifices made in weight, balance or comfort. Recently, some manufacturers have implemented steel handles with plastic sleeves; the question the industry continues to struggle with is whether this addition improves the strength of the plastic handle and the feel of the steel one, or if the combination of the two design problems essentially creates one poor design.