Your garden needs tilling with a hoe, spade and more. Or: For your camping trip tomorrow, your backpack is packed with a compass, bottle opener, hammer and saw. You wonder if there isn't a device that combines all these tools in a compact way. And that's exactly what it is: the folding spade.
Here you will learn everything you need to know about the folding spade and its purchase. First, we give you specific purchase recommendations. Then we present the buying and evaluation criteria for folding spades, before finally answering all the important questions about the folding spade in the guide section.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Folding Spade: Our Choices
- 4 Buying and review criteria for folding spades
- 5 Guide: Frequently asked questions about folding spades answered in detail
- 6 Conclusion
- A folding spade is a small, foldable spade that can be used for gardening. Multifunctional folding spades can also be used as a saw, hoe and more, making them perfect for camping trips and the like.
- The classic folding spade is designed for efficient work in the garden. The military folding spade is inspired by the folding spade of the Wehrmacht and is particularly sharp and powerful. The multifunctional folding spade combines functions of all kinds, e.g. saw, knife and hammer.
- If you want to buy a folding spade, you should make sure that it is as light as possible and made of stainless steel. Depending on the use, you can choose a smaller or larger one, one with very many or rather few functions and one with a D-handle or a normal handle as a grip.
The Best Folding Spade: Our Choices
Buying and review criteria for folding spades
If you want to buy a folding spade, you should pay attention to certain buying criteria to find the best folding spade for you. These criteria are as follows:
In the following, we would like to explain to you what the individual buying criteria are and what you should specifically consider if you want a really good folding spade.
The size of a folding spade includes the length of the handle and the width of the blade. If you don't want to get backache from the work, you should choose a longer handle length, i.e. about 60 cm. If, on the other hand, you want to transport the folding spade frequently, then smaller lengths of approx. 43 cm are more suitable. When folded, such folding spades are only about 17 cm long.
The advantage of a wide blade is, of course, that you can dig up more soil in one go. But it also provides a surface on which you can push the blade down with your foot when you insert the spade into the ground. A narrow leaf, on the other hand, is easier to plant in loose soil. Because the blade is smaller, such a folding spade is also better suited for transport.
The folding spade you choose should weigh as little as possible. This makes transport and work easier and less strenuous. A light folding spade weighs 500 grams, a heavy one about 1.2 kilograms. The belief that a heavier tool lasts longer and is more stable is no longer true; light folding spades are also of good quality.
The best folding spades are made of stainless steel, carbon steel or boron steel. These are more or less equally stable and durable. They are also easy to clean, rustproof and weatherproof. However, if the material is untempered metal or steel with a powder coating, you should repaint the folding spade every now and then to prevent rust.
A multifunctional folding spade combines numerous tools in one and is a faithful helper in a wide variety of situations. If you are only interested in simple gardening, a folding spade with a shovel and hoe function is sufficient. For passionate trekkers, campers and survival fans, on the other hand, folding spades with knife, saw, hammer, pick, spade and many other functions may be of interest.
There are folding spades with a D-handle and folding spades with a normal handle. The D-handle is so called because its shape is reminiscent of the letter "D". You can easily hang it on a hook or attach it to your equipment. In contrast, you cannot hang a normal handle as a grip, but it is narrower and therefore more compact.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about folding spades answered in detail
What is a folding spade?
Folding spades are often multifunctional and can also be used, for example, as a saw or hoe; thus they are also used for trekking and camping. The first use of the folding spade was in the army, and today it is still part of the equipment of the German armed forces and fire brigades.
What types of folding spades are there?
What does a folding spade cost?
|Price range||Available products|
|Low-priced (7 - 30 €)||Classic folding spades with cheap to mediocre workmanship, Military folding spades with cheap to mediocre workmanship, Multifunctional folding spades with few functions|
|Medium-priced (30 - 60 €)||Classic folding spades with good to very good workmanship, Military folding spades with good to very good workmanship, Multifunctional folding spades with many functions|
|High-priced (from € 60)||Multifunctional folding spades with a lot of functions and a bag, often of inferior quality|
It becomes clear that a reasonably satisfactory folding spade is available for as little as €7 to €30. If you are going to use your folding spade very often and need really good quality, however, we recommend one in the price range between 30 and 60 euros. It is noticeable that the multifunctional folding spades from 60 euros offer a lot of functions, but are often not of good quality.
How do you sharpen a folding spade?
How do I recognise an original Bundeswehr folding spade?
When deciding on the size of your future folding spade, you should consider whether working comfort or transportability is more important to you. In addition, the lighter the folding spade, the more transportable it is. You can't go wrong with a folding spade made of stainless steel, and you can use the multifunctionality for your needs. Handle shapes include the D-handle or a normal handle.
Besides the classic folding spade, there is the military folding spade and the multifunctional folding spade. You can get the best folding spades for 30 to 60 euros. It is also important to sharpen them regularly with a hand file. You can recognise original Bundeswehr folding spades by the markings on the blade and better workmanship.
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