Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:15
It looks like you and I are up before the committee Victoria
Joe the gardener - giving lectures regarding tools and their correct employment to me is similar to selling ice to Eskimos. Having spent a good few years as a qualified bricklayer before becoming a carer for Mrs F, I know a good tool when I see one and know very well how to use them.
I'm also well aware you get what you pay for. I used the same leather handled bricklaying trowel for many years, often using it to cut bricks in half which is technically 'abusing' it because you should use a brick hammer for that. And still it lasted. Fast forward to the present and a Spear and Jackson mid-range gardening trowel snaps where handle joins blade after less than three months.
Was I abusing the gardening trowel? Well if digging small holes in soil counts as abuse, I'm guilty as charged. I wasn't trying to dig through 6" of concrete, nor was I belting said trowel with a 14lb sledgehammer. Likewise a S&J ash handled garden fork snapped in June after less than one hour of digging, yet my old digging shovel (all metal) keeps going and going despite my constant abuse