Niwaki Golden Spade review Gardeners World Magazine

Niwaki Golden Spade review

A strong, hard-working, but surprisingly light, metal spade.

Our rating 
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In a nutshell

This strong, metal spade is popular with testers who love its light, balanced feel and ability to slice through difficult ground quickly and easily. It's built to last and comes with a two-year warranty.
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Value for money
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Pros: Light and easy to handle


Cuts through roots and stones well
Cons: Needs oiling once the paint wears off

Treads are narrow

Cold metal handle and shaft

Short warranty
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What is the Niwaki Golden Spade like?

Crafted from metal this golden spade has a wide, pointed steel blade that’s welded to the steel shaft and a metal handle. The treads have been made by rolling over the edge of the blade and although they’re narrow, testers agreed they were better than not having treads at all. The steel pipe shaft is shorter than many of the others in our test. The Golden Spade is also available in a smaller size.

What is the Niwaki Golden Spade like to use?

This is a strong spade that feels light and easy to use and cuts through stones, roots and difficult ground with ease. The shaft is smooth, welded to both the handle and the blade rather than riveted, but the all-metal finish makes the handle and shaft cold to the touch in winter, when gloves are recommended. The short shaft divided testers but many loved it, finding it easy to handle and great at attacking areas that need clearing. The metal shaft has no flex but it is great for short, sharp bursts of clearance work rather than prolonged digging and turning over soil.

Will the Niwaki Golden Spade last?

This feels sturdy and strong and its metal construction means it’s built to last. The golden-coated blade will need oiling once it’s been scratched off from use to protect it from rust.

Is the Niwaki Golden Spade good value for money?

This eye catching, sturdy spade is in the mid-range price bracket but comes with a comparatively short warranty of just two years. We therefore think it’s reasonable value for money.

Who is the Niwaki Golden Spade most useful for?

Loved by our shorter testers, this is a great spade for tree planting, trenching and clearing ground.

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Product Specifications


Brand Niwaki
Name Niwaki Golden Spade
Model Golden Spade
Price £59.99
Spade type Pointed


Material Steel
Shaft Steel
Foot tread Yes
Handle YD
Weight 1.8kg
Height 97cm
Warranty 2YEAR