Second that,old makes like Elwell for instance,better than the modern rubbish on the market,
The Tines on an Elwell don`t bend,just wear away with 3 generations use.
||use a mattock|
||Second the mattock idea. A fork isn't necessarily the right tool for breaking ground, especially when its very firm.|
||a third vote for the mattock - goes through solid ground like a hot knife through butter, and is easier on your back.|
||Make that four votes for a mattock. It was a revelation when someone tipped me and I bought one!|
Another vote for the mattock here... and even the pick-axe on some of our soil!
If you want a strong fork, go for a plain steel one, either an old one, or a new one from a builders merchant. Avoid stainless steel, as these seem to sacrifice strength for corrosion resistance.
BTW... anyone else use a crome in the garden for final plot preparation prior to planting? It's a Norfolk name for a long-tined rake, traditionally made from a fork head on a long handle, with the fork prongs bent at a right-angle.....
||I use a wide, fairly long tined rake, it gets the bits of cattail I've missed|