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Cheap and cheerful
on 12 April 2012
I bought these as a pair of disposable tools to leave on the allotment, which I wouldn't be too worried about if they were stolen, and I'm very happy with the choice.
The handles are made of a thick plastic, but seem to be on par with a wooden handle in terms of durability - I've done some heavy digging and had no problems. The only downside is that there is a mould line along the inside of the grip which can be a little rough if you're not wearing gloves (could sand it off, but it doesn't particularly bother me). The day-glo green is easy to see if you put the tools down, even in quite long grass, although it's functional more than beautiful.
The business end of the tools is made of a thick carbon steel - I suspect that after a few years of use, they'll be more susceptible to rust than a stainless steel tool, and the bottom cm of one of the fork tines was missing, suggesting the metal might be somewhat more brittle than the highest quality tools available, but assuming you're not going to be using the spade to chip ice off concrete or anything like that, I'd have no concerns about their durability (they certainly don't bend or warp in use).
At the price, a real bargain!