How a spade looks after just one dig… this is a custom-built spade from JR-Stainless…

Man

The only two things you need to go Metal Detecting is a Metal Detector & a Spade…

The best rest for your metal detector is your trusty spade, keeping the detector out of dirt, mud and water… as you can see the powder coating is starting to wear away on my digger, revealing the “sea-grade” stainless steel underneath…
Another custom design,
but, unlike the others
when I got it home, i
did not like so it was s
old on… to me, it looks
too top-heavy and
cumbersome…
i have left this photo large, so as you can see the quality of the weld, and the detail JR put into the craftsmanship, this is my other custom-built spade, it has a larger footplate, and the strap carrier is again placed on the blade, and not on the shaft where it interferes with the movement of your hand, not only as you dig, but just carrying the spade in your hand when they are placed on the handle, you always seem to grab the raised section…
The main difference between the two spades shown above is the one at the very top has a serrated blade, whilst the one below is a plain blade, as for the top one, the design is for cutting through the grass, such as pasture fields, parks, & it is able to cope with small to medium root systems in woods etc.. it makes digging rather easier, then having to chop away at the ground, which you are guaranteed to make a mess off. Also i obviously use it as a general all-round digging tool, as mine gets used in the ploughed fields all the time…
Whilst the digger shown below is classed as a field spade, for use where the ground has been turned over, and small to medium roots are not a problem, but will still work quite adequately in parks and pasture, but it just requires a slightly different approach, to cutting the turf… All my spades have a larger D-Handle, to accommodate wearing gloves, which do get caked in mud, and you need a solid and large handle to grip hold off, i much prefer to use a D-Handle to the American T-Handle, it is far easier to use and carry and adds very little weight, to any spade, custom-built or otherwise, you can see my grey T-Handle spade behind this custom spade, it never really got much use, i prefered the fork, which i still use a lot, especially in the summer when the ground is rock hard..
my second custom digging
spade, just under three feet tall or 900 in new money
high, custom footplates &
so light to handle…