Hand forks are usually stainless steel, carbon steel, or aluminum. Carbon steel is strong but needs oiling to avoid rust, while stainless steel is corrosion-resistant. Lightweight aluminum may not last as long as steel.
Consider tine number and length. More tines improve soil penetration and weeding. Longer tines reach deeper dirt.
Ergonomic handles reduce hand strain during continuous use. Cushioned or non-slip handles improve control.
Choose a hand fork that fits comfortably and balances. Consider weight—a lighter tool may be better for extended use.
Make sure the tines are securely fastened to the handle and strong. A sturdy hand fork won't bend or break with use.
Hand forks with serrated edges or sharpened tips can cut roots, dig small holes, or cut compacted dirt.
Specific task-specific hand forks are available. A dandelion weeder hand fork has a long shaft and specific design to remove deep-rooted weeds.
Consider it. Hand forks with handle hooks or holes make hanging in a garden shed or storage area easy.