Q: I thought copper was a soft metal. Does it stand up to normal garden use?
Q: How do you sharpen the tools?
Q: Won’t the bronze go green over time?
Q: How long do the tools last?
A: These are long lasting tools which should out last most of us. However, if for some reason you are unhappy with your tool we offer a no quibble 25-year guarantee. We will refund or replace any unused tool. We will also repair or replace any faulty tool. Of course, this excludes normal wear and tear. The handles and shafts are guaranteed for two years, and we also supply replacements. (This applies to the UK only)
Q: Do the tool heads wear down over time?
Q: Do the handles need any special care?
Q: Does bronze deter earthworms?
The use of iron or bronze tools should have no effect on the earthworm population. Certainly they are there as much as ever in our garden, and we have used exclusively bronze tools for several years now.
Q: Can using the bronze tools reduce slug damage?
A: That is our experience from our gardens and the experience of many users of the tools. More information on this is available in the Slugs and Snails section.
Q: My Hydra hoe shaft (or Castor Trowel handle) doesn’t have a PKS label on it. Why not?
Q: The shafts on the large tools are too long for me!
A: Short tool shafts seem to be a British speciality. You rarely see them elsewhere. A longer tool shaft allows the gardener to have a more upright posture, which is easier on your back. The hoes, rake and other pulling tools are light enough to use with arms extended, and the long shaft allows greater reach. More on the British tradition of garden tool design can be found the Story of Bronze Garden Tools booklet available from the online shop.