- Jan 14, 2019
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- Birmingham AL (Zone 8a)
I have not run across a composite handle yet, only steel, fg, and wood. I saw yours. I did not know what a caprock style was and had to read about it. I would need the point as our clay packs after a few rains. In the garden, with lots of organic material, that round shovel would do it. Elsewhere though I could stand on it and it would not penetrate from mid summer until the rains of November start up our wet season.This is the last shovel that I bought. I had to order it because the blades on shovels sold in local stores sit at too much of angle in relation to the handle. To put the blade into the ground at 180° requires that the handle be almost at a 30° to the ground.
The shovel I bought is nearly vertical in line between the blade and handle. I got an ash handle but that was 6 years ago. It is now available in ash, fiberglass or composite. I personally don't care for fiberglass since the one that I have is very heavy and is deteriorating over its lifetime which causes fiberglass splinters in the hands if gloves aren't worn.
If I needed a new one, I would like to try out a composite handle.