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BBC Gardeners' World Magazine - Greenman Stainless Steel Border Fork

Greenman Garden Tools Stainless Steel Border Fork review

A traditional British border fork with a reinforced handle.

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8

In a nutshell

This traditional style, stainless steel border fork,it has a filled YD handle for strength and is comfortable and easy to use, although soil does occasionally clog the tines. It comes with an impressive 20-year warranty.
Handling
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Tines
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Strength
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Value for money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Comfortable in use

Well finished

Good at turning over

Good at transplanting
Cons: Some soil sticks to tines

Average at striking in
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What is the Greenman Stainless Steel Border Fork like?

This is  border fork, follows the classic design but has a YD handle that is filled for extra strength and  the long, lipped stainless steel socket, often seen in Greenman tools.  The shaft and handle are made from sustainable ash and the high carbon,  stainless steel tines are mirror-polished to stop mud and soil sticking to them.

What’s it like to use the Greenman Stainless Steel Border Fork?

All the features on this fork are very well finished. There are no specific ergonomics but the long socket allows the shaft to flex for extra support and the handle and shaft are smooth and comfortable, with very little chance of rubbing even after prolonged use. It’s weighted towards the head, but remains well balanced, so you can always create a lot of force when striking. The tines are pointed for easy soil penetration.

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Is the Greenman Stainless Steel Border Fork strong?

The filled handle has a rivet running through it for extra strength and the base of the handle is also riveted in two places. The socket comes over halfway up the shaft, is riveted in three places and was one of the thickest in our test, at an impressive 4cm wide. The tines are its only weak point – they’re a little moveable. 

How does the Greenman Stainless Steel Border Fork perform?

This fork’s performance was a mixed bag. It met a fair amount of resistance when striking into the soil, despite the mirror-polished tines. A lot of dirt stuck to these, and though they weren’t moved out of place in the test, they’re quite easy to squeeze together in your hand. However, this fork was much better when turning over and transplanting and the tines are well spaced. The small gaps between them (3.5cm/(1.3”) mean this fork picks up soil but doesn’t clump it together. 

Is the Greenman Stainless Steel Border Fork good value?

We think this fork is good value. It’s around the average price for a border fork, has a decent performance, and an excellent 20-year warranty.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Greenman
Name Greenman Garden Tools Stainless Steel Border Fork
Model Stainless Steel Border Fork
Price £36.99

Features

Border
Material Type Stainless steel
Shaft Sustainable ash
Handle Type Filled YD
Weight 1.6kg
Length 100cm
Lifetime Warranty Yes