Box fresh: Dig up with Wilkinson Sword's adjustable spade

At MBUK we're famous for calling a spade a bl**dy shovel, so here's, well, a shovel or a spade, as y

Yes, it's a shovel - but it could be just the thing for aching trail builders

At MBUK we're famous for calling a spade a bl**dy shovel, so here's, well, a shovel or a spade, as you like, with a difference: it's adjustable.

You know how you make adjustable suspension forks longer for downhilling and shorter for climbing? Well this is almost the same idea. If you're working at, say, the top of a berm, you can extend the spade to reach downslope without giving yourself backache, and if the work is above foot level, shorten it to dig comfortably.

MBUK trail building guru Cliff Barbeary says it's great for taller blokes like our Doddy and for anyone who has back problems - or wants to prevent them.

The lower section incorporating the blade is made from boron steel, while the upper is tough polyamide, reputed in gardening circles to be almost indestructible.

The design is the brainchild of Olavi Lindn, a designer who is a garden tools legend in his native Finland. Lindn works for Fiskars, which has been part of Wilkinson Sword since the 70s, a combination that's making it very hard to resist a bad gag about "the name on the world's finest spades."

Our man Cliff says you can get one of these spades from Bristol's DM Plant & Tools on 01934 642600, a blatant plug for his employer, but if you're not in Bristol, you can find out more in the Fiskars catalogue or google for it.

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