The Oldest Spade?
How old can a spade be and still be in use?
If you kept it clean after every session and gave the shaft (assume it’s wooden) some linseed oil, say, once a year, how long would it last?
I’d have thought 100 years was quite feasible. 200? More? Would the blade wear out before the shaft?
Comments, answers and examples please.
And let’s not have any “Grandfather’s axe” answers!!
You’re not familiar with Grandfather’s axe?
“This is a really good axe. It used to be my Grandfather’s. Mind you, I had to put a new head on it last year, and it’s had a couple of new shafts too.”