English Forged Spades and Forks
There are only two surviving forges where forks and shovels are still hand forged for toughness and durability: Clarington Forge in England and Spear & Jackson in India. These beautiful tools are made to be used for a lifetime and passed on to the next generation.
A joy to work with, these are the tools used for bed preparation in our research gardens and pictured in many of the photos in this catalog. The heads measure somewhat more than 11” X 7”, and are solid forged from a single piece of steel. They have a one piece hardwood shaft that is split to form a wishbone handle. NOTE: Stain color on handles may vary.
We offer both Spear & Jackson and Clarington Forge. CF tools come in two sizes: 39” overall length, and the standard 43” overall length. We recommend 39” tools for those who are under 5’5”. The handgrips on S&J tools are oblong in cross section and are slightly wider than the handgrips on CF tools, which are circular in cross section. S&J tools are slightly heavier. We offer replacement handles made by CF that fit all the tools.