Hello, This is un interesting topic. For digging individual Crinums I made two reinforced spades (steel handle +cross brackets in the blade) which are inserted either side of the bulb to "leverage it upwards. ( in the field I use a tractor with a horizontal blade). As to digging forks I swear with the two english marks "Spears & Jackson" and "Wilkinson"; they have the ideal angle and with 2-3 years of use no sign of the slightest deformation. Gretings Lauw de Jager South of France http://www.bulbargence.com/ -----Original Message----- I have two different ones, a very heavy two bladed one which almost looks like a halberd (hellebarde, a medieval weapon, too heavy for ladies..... smile) which I use to uproot roots and the like and a lighter one which I use for weeding. I would not use either one to try to dig up deep or very deep bulbs as I cannot really get down deep enough without destroying.