I’ve been using the Spear & Jackson digging fork and spade for over two weeks now to prepare some of the toughest soil I’ve dealt with for planting. The soil is a very thick red clay and has made very, very short work of the other digging forks I’ve been using. I’ve now dug a little over 100 square feet down to 2 feet deep of this thick red clay and haven’t skipped a beat with especially the digging fork. The length of the neck on the fork and it’s attachment to the wooden handle have greatly reduced my concern over the all too common snapping sound of the handle as you’re trying to dig up those hardened soil areas. I’m very pleased with the Spear & Jackson craftsmanship and especially their durability.