Spork Gardening Tools
The Rob Todd Organic range made by DeWit of Holland
Updated 20th November 2012
Spork Garden Tools - History & Background
The Spork is a hybrid garden tool invented by Robert Todd from Oxford England in 1992.
The original Spork and its Inventor Robert Todd
The first Spork was made from Stainless Steel and received some good publicity and was mainly sold to garden enthusiasts at shows and by mail order. As Fredshed is based in Oxford I was soon to meet the Inventor and become involved in testing and reviewing the Spork. Reader e-mails to Fredshed constantly praised the Spork and it was evident that the tool was developing a large and enthusiastic following, including myself. In 2003 I awarded the Spork one of my coveted Golden Shed Awards in recognition of it's excellent efficiency and the Inventors hard work.
The original Sporks were made in the Far East which presented some problems and also sadly the larger shops and retailers were reluctant to stock this radical looking tool. Subsequently production ceased and the Inventor lost a substantial investment, largely spent on patents and legal protection.
During the dark years when Sporks were not available Robert Todd worked on new improved versions and production techniques. This was helped by the involvement of the Dewit family from Holland who have been making top quality tools for several generations. Thanks to Robert Todd's ingenuity and the Dewit's manufacturing skills a new range of spork tools emerged in 2006.
Inventor Robert Todd with Dutch Manufacturer Sietse DeWit
Product Examples of Spork Gardening Tools
The new Spork range is made from carbon steel with a special burnished finish that protects the metal and allows it to blacken with age like the tools our grandfathers used.
The new Spork range has hardwood handles and are made in Holland by in the DeWit family factory.
The classic Spork is this large T handled version used for digging in gardens and allotments.
It is smaller than a full size fork but larger than a border fork. The advantage of a Spork is that it is light and strong and can lift more soil than a normal fork. It is also stronger than a normal fork as the tines are joined together.
In most soil the spork works like a spade, the exception being very light and sandy soil.
The new large size digging Spork has an 80cm ash shaft and T handle
head size 247mm * 155mm wide
the ultimate garden tool
guide price £65
This small hand spork is a super little tool and makes an ideal present for any gardener
Model 8330 Hand Spork
Overall Length 30cm
Head 12cm * 8cm
This Mattock Spork is brilliant in hard and stony soil and is an excellent too for back pain sufferers* to use .
This Mattock Spork is light, very strong and will cut through and rake away the toughest weeds.
The head is 15cm long * 12cm wide
Total length with Ash handle = 160cm
Model 8310 Mattock Spork
ALSO KNOWN AS THE PULL SPORK
Guide Price £45
The Sprake has the Spork's superb "portcullis tines" that break into hard soil and then tear it up during cultivation.
These "portcullis tines" built into a rake make an awesome tool that clears away the most embedded weeds including brambles and saplings.
This tool is unique and the most impressive garden hand tool I have seen in many years.
Model 8340 Sprake
Sprake rake - clearance rake and soil rake in one!
The Sprake's sharp teeth will rip out any undergrowth including brambles and nettles
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