If you can find one of those both stiff and light weight, its a keeper in my book.I prefer getting down close to the dirt and still use the gardening trowel that was my wife's grandmothers. It was lost for a few years and I found it in a flower bed when a garden rake made a clank noise on something metal.
The original Pine handle was well worn when lost and being buried in the dirt a few years tipped the scales for a new handle. I happened to have a small piece of 100 year old Osage Orange fence post left from other small wood working projects so the poor old girl got a new handle about 20 years ago that will last a long time even if she gets lost again in the dirt.
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