Recently FFX contacted me, to offer me a little shopping spree on their site. Since they mainly do tools and things, I passed this opportunity onto the Chief Engineer, and let him have his pick. Fortunately, for me, the budget didn’t run to a chainsaw (he really wants his own chainsaw; we have nothing that needs a chainsaw…), so he had to be a little more creative in choosing things that would be useful in the garden 🙂
(Ryan did the styling for this photoshoot. I wouldn’t have chosen to display our new tools in front of weedy bits of the garden 😉 )
Ryan also has a bit of a thing about axes. Apparently out current axe (a) was cheap and (b) isn’t much good. So he’s rectified that problem by choosing a shiny new Fiskars X5 axe, with which he will find it much easier to do any required chopping. Sensibly he choose the Fiskars XSharp sharpener to go with it.
A natty leather tool belt rounded out Ryan’s shopping list. When he’s DIYing he has a tendency to put screws etc in the back pocket of his jeans, with predictable consequences. Now he can keep them handy in his tool belt, which has a hook for a hammer (or an axe!) and plenty of pouches and pockets for nails and screws and pencils and instructions. It’s officially called a half apron.
Very generously, I will be allowed to use it when I am gardening, too 😉
But, actually, Ryan did order something with me in mind:
This is a multi-purpose gardening tool, which comes with a plastic scabbard that clips onto your belt. It features “a sharpened straight edge stainless steel blade, a serrated edge for cutting open bags of soil and mulch, a V-groove end blade for cutting weeds and a heavy -duty rope cutting notch.”
Once we took it out of the packaging, it reminded me of an asparagus knife, and when the asparagus is older I will try it for harvesting asparagus – I think it will be just the job! In the meantime, the V-shaped notch is great for cutting through purple sprouting broccoli stems. I have yet to try slashing open compost bags with it, but I think it will be great. It’s wicked sharp. Assuming I remember to put it back in the scabbard, I won’t have to worry about losing it in the garden, in that colour.
So, all in all, the boy done good, as they say. We had to wait a few days for our order – something wasn’t immediately in stock – but we’re very happy with the service from FFX and the quality of the products. I’m sure they will all be making an appearance in future blog posts.