Eighteen months or so ago we bought a new gripe (okay, garden fork, I think the word gripe hasn’t spread far from West Cumbria ;-)). Anyway, I’ve always liked traditional garden tools and so opted for a Joseph Bentley gripe…
It was, I have to say a pleasure to use (or at least as pleasurable as any implement can be when you’re digging the garden). It was always looked after (it cost a bit more than the cheaper own brand DIY store products so we thought it worth cleaning after use and storing carefully on its own hook). So it was a little disappointing when I was digging in the garden and this happened….
From what I could see the stainless steel section that broke was just a thin piece of metal and set in the middle was a thicker piece of metal, but not the solid construction I’d imagined. I wouldn’t mind so much if it had been abused and left to rot in the garden between uses. We’re now down to a small border fork for digging the rest of the veg plot until we find a suitable replacement :-/
UPDATE:- a couple of hours after emailing Joseph Bentley about the fault they’d been in touch to resolve my gripe, can’t fault their customer service at all.