Gardening Tools

My wife likes gardening, in particular, growing veg. She has a habit though, of not putting her tools away, but we have always bought cheap, and when they've rusted, or handles broken, bought new ones. I don't mean spades, and large forks, I mean the small hand tools. What I want to get her, is a good set of tools, preferably, with a tool box, or bag, to encourage her to put them away. My question is, how do I know a good brand, when I'm buying online? We've had tools before, where you can bend the trowel with your hand, and others which have been very solid. There are loads on Amazon, at the moment, but I would like some recommendations, if anyone has any. Thanks in advance.
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  • Anything not made in China
  • Farway
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    Good brand on line, go by the well known name, and try stainless steel so when it finishes up in the compost heap as most hand tools it will not rot away :D
    Eight out of ten owners who expressed a preference said their cats preferred other peoples gardens
  • theoretica
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    Burgon & Ball's japanese razor hoe is very good, which is perhaps an indication their other stuff is worth looking at.
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  • Greatgimp
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    Consider a Wolf system, they're the most versatile, but not the cheapest.
  • WeAreGhosts
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    My parents have been using the same Wilkinson Sword spade and fork for 30 years. They're built to last, it seems!
    Also Fiskars tools are good.
  • Ian1961
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    Will agree with the comments above, buy the best you can afford. If you have an inclination buy some fine emery cloth and some WD40 and clean the tools every couple of months for her to get some brownie points!
  • twopenny
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    edited 27 November 2020 at 9:21PM
    I painted an old, wooden storage box for hand tools. It's kept right by the door.
    Easy to drop them in if you aren't keen on putting them away. Close the lid and it's tidy.
    I do have a polythene pot (ex food storage) inside it for smaller tools so they don't get lost

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  • Mojisola
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    If it wasn't for a present, I'd say have a look round the second-hand shops and pick up some really well-made tools that have already served a gardener for many years.  If you rub down the wooden handles and paint them a bright colour, they will be easy to spot when they're left on the ground.
  • Hi Robm.  Your wife sounds like a keen gardener, especially growing veggies.  How about buying her a handmade or woven trug to display the new hand tools in. She might be tempted to neatly put her tools away in the trug once she's done 🐈
    Just my opinion, no offence 🐈
  • twopenny
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    Like that idea BlackCat. I love my trug and old basket. It's useful for taking the smaller tools outside as well as the nostalgic feel. Or to fill with veg.
    I've got to say that while I bought a good spade and border fork (make sure they're light unless the missus is tough) I found that Woolworths/cheapie secautares were as good as the good ones and other such shop tools can be very good now. And I like the new rubberised handles. I don't get blisters on my 'ladylike' hands.
    And I may be a tomboy but alongside my tools and heavy duty gloves I do like my pink ones. They're also easy to find at the end of the day.

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