Our strapped garden fork has received quite a review in the Wall Street Journal this past week. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, you can check it out here: A Tool Worth Forking Over For

The fork shown in the article is our strapped version, but all of our forks are great quality, forged in England from a solid piece of steel, and guaranteed for life.We’ve received lots of questions about choosing the right fork, and what the difference is between a strapped and regular tool. I’ll do my best to answer all of these questions here.

Strapped vs. Standard – what’s the difference? With a standard tool, the handle slips into a forged socket. On a strapped tool the steel comes up from the tool head and wraps around the handle. It is then riveted, sanded, and finished.  Which is better? It’s largely a matter of preference. The handle on the strapped tool is less likely to break since it is wrapped in steel. However, it is much easier to replace a handle on a standard tool if it breaks over time. The quality of the tool head is the same – and guaranteed. Here is a view of a standard and strapped fork side by side:


What Size? A standard digging fork is designed for gardeners of between 5′ 6″ and 5′ 11″. If you are between 5′ 3″ and 5′ 6″ you may want to try a border fork and if you are shorter than 5′ 3”, or are looking for a light weight tool, then a shrubbery fork will likely be more comfortable. Taller gardeners will want a long handled fork – either a longer version of a D handle, or a long straight handle. Here is a side by side comparison of all our forks:



If you have any additional questions, you can reach us at info@claringtonforge.com or at 800-356-2196. We can also put you on the waiting list for any fork that may be out of stock.

Posted in Garden Tools By Emma Kelly on 25th April 2012

Absolutely. We would be happy to contact you when an item become available. You can e-mail info@claringtonforge.com with the item you are looking for. - Emma

Emma Kelly commented on 27th April 2012

If a product is out of stock, is it possible to go on a waiting list?

Thank you!

Stephanie Hanus commented on 27th April 2012

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