Posted: 22/10/2015 at 14:17
I have a SS border fork with a wooden handle bought in 1989 for working on heavy Harrow clay. It is still going strong and works on my current garden of loam on a clay sub soil. It is in use every week for big and small jobs.
Bought a spade at the same time with a resin handle but that snapped 15 years ago when OH was trying to dig up some stones we found under a new bed. Its replacement is a cheap SS one from a local garden store and it is fine.
I do clean my tools after use and the SS ones clean up best. They all hang on hooks and I give the business ends a squirt of WD40 for their winter rest but the last two winters have been mild so they haven't had much of a rest lately.
Long handles are best for backs when digging.