Tools and Stuff forum: The really best shovel in the world

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Nov 21, 2016 10:36 AM CST
Have any of you ever seen one of these. I've seen two in my lifetime, both owned by octogenarians and now one is owned by me, a mere sexagenarian.
This floral/border spade was manufactured by True Temper. I have replace the handle the original handle was probably 44" long.

I have dug wild nyssa's out of clay shale soil with this tool and planted petunias with it holding it one hand like a trowel. I could make a living selling these door to door along with lanolin rich open cuff goat skin gloves that soften your hands while you work (used to be you get those gloves at a feed store, no more).

I call it the nine-ninety b/c you can use it if your 9 and still use when your 90.

You know how wet clay sticks to round point shovel when your try to dump it? Not so with the Nine-ninety because the bite you get weighs too much for it to stick when you dump it.
You can shovel a pile of topsoil fast and hard and long without tiring because you never get too much with it just a good healthy bite. I own a King of Spades nursery spade and it's a great tool, but if I could only have one I'd take the Nine-Ninety. The angle of the handle is so incredibly ergonomic. It's great for stripping sod.

I think with an "attachment" it could be a great snow shovel as well.

The taper is the key.

My children already argue over who gets this beauty come the day.

I would love to hear from anyone who knows about these or has seen one.

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[Last edited by Arborist0064 - Nov 21, 2016 10:37 AM (+)]
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Name: Catherine
SW Louisiana (Zone 9a)
Dec 23, 2016 6:25 PM CST
nice looking shovel....I always check at garage/estate sales and auctions for good, well used garden tools - especially if there's evidence of an accomplished gardener.


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