In previous articles on garden trowels, I discussed the parts of a trowel and the different styles of blades. In this blog, I will discuss the different types of handles that are available for trowels.
Styles of Handles
There are four different styles of garden trowel handles available –- standard, long, P-grip, and ergonomic.
· Standard trowel handles are the least expensive style offered and are used on all garden trowels. Made of plastic, wood, or rubber, the actual handle is short and rounded for comfort.
· Long handles are used for traditional and transplanting trowels. The handle is more than 6.3-inches long and is ideal for hard-to-reach areas for weeding or planting seedlings with long roots. It features a “bulb” design so that the hand of the user will not slip off.
· P-grip trowel handle is used on traditional trowels, is about 7-inches long, and includes a T-section at the end to help with additional leverage and torque for pushing into the ground. It can be used with one or both hands, making it ideal for gardeners who suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel.
· Ergonomic trowel handle is used on traditional and transplanting trowels and features a radius grip and curve, which makes it easier to fit in the palm of a hand. It helps the user preserve a natural wrist position while digging.
(Next time: Garden trowel maintenance and care)
(Source: Wonkee Donkee Tools)