why this product

This all-purpose shovel is made with the same materials used in aircraft construction and Nascar chassis. At just over two pounds and measuring only two feet long, it’s small but mighty. The tubular, bar-shaped handle is comfortable on hands when you’re pushing into the earth.

A tapered, slightly pointed cutting edge helps to penetrate packed dirt easily, while resisting dents and nicks from rough, rocky soil. The curved blade holds soil as you distribute the dirt to other areas. Frequent use of the shovel aids in self-sharpening and prevents rusting. How smart is that?

The shovels are handmade one at a time in New Jersey in the same factory since 1964. They follow the original designs from the company’s founder, who first intended the shovel to be used for digging azaleas. (Also see our Spade and Digging Fork.) All leftover steel is recycled and reused to maximize materials and minimize waste. 

use & care

Store tool in a dry place to prevent rusting. Spades and shovel blades can be pushed into a bucket of sand to avoid rusting and debris buildup. Apply metal lubricant to the blade if desired. If rust develops, use our Extra Fine Steel Wool Pad to slough it off. Frequent use will help to discourage rust. With regular handling, some areas of the tool will develop a unique patina that will also inhibit rust.

production & design

This decades-old company is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2014. Its founder, Walter Lesche, immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1952, and worked in the welding and machine shop of a frozen food processing plant. Chasing the American dream, he eventually opened Walt's Welding out of his garage a few years later.

In the late 1970s, Walter began developing a spade with a replaceable blade and non-breakable all-steel handle. He later patented the innovation that allowed gardeners and backyard workers to “replace the blade, not the spade.” In addition to spades, the complete product line has grown to almost 100 different items for the horticultural and landscape industries.

Since Walter's death in 2002, his children have taken up the mantle to continue producing innovative, long-lasting metal tools using their father’s patented formula for design and materials.

about the designer

Heavy-duty Small Steel Shovel

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Fabricated from airplane-quality steel for strength. Tapered, pointed and curved blade to penetrate and hold soil. Tubular bar handle is easy on the hands. Self-sharpening and rust-resistant with frequent use. Measures two feet long.

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    Blade: 8 inches long x 8 inches wide
    (20 x 20 cm)
    Overall length with blade: 26 inches
    (66 cm)
    Weight: 2.3 lbs (1 kg)


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  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283164

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 30 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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