Digging Tools for Metal Detecting

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Detecting and digging up a piece of metal often requires different digging tools. The selection of a specific tool depends mostly on the type of terrain. Trowels, shovels and lesche tools are used for more compact soil, and scoops are used for digging a metal in sand. The weight of the tools also plays an important role; metal detecting requires lots of walking. Almost all digging tools have versions with longer handles that can make metal digging easier.


Heavy-duty trowels are for used for digging in the rockiest soil. The stainless 1-inch trowel is excellent tool for confined places and is designed for most rigged digging. Depending on the cutting edge of the blade it makes pound light stakes and can pry out rock sand. Some trowels have leather strap, long handles with narrow blades designed for smaller and deeper holes. Trowels with extended handle are used to reach dig underwater as well.


Scoops are digging tools for metal detection on sand beaches. A sand scoop often has a bucket with holes punched into the sides and the back of the scoop. It has a curved handle that is welded to the top of the sand scoop for easy digging. In order to speed up the digging process, some sand scoops have long handles with several adjustable length positions. The water scoop is made from galvanised welded wire with flat bar outside the basket as a reinforcement. This scoop can be used both in wet and dry sand.

Lesche Tools

Lesche tools are digging tools that look like a knife with the saw teeth at one side of the blade. The other side of the blade is used to cut burlap, weed mat or twine. The lesche tools are also used in gardening since they cut easily roots and grass. The blade is heat treated and tempered steel that preserves the edge of the knife from rustiness. The lesche tools come in left and right serrated side with a vinyl handle for comfortable grip.


The raven is a type of shovel, great for metal detecting, gardening, relic hunting, landscaping and rescue work. The tool has double-serrated edge and concave design making it suitable for clean-cut ground plugs. The raven is usually made of quality steal to ensure durability. The model 57 hand-pick is among the strongest hand-picks available. With 10 1/2 inches blade length and 14 1/4 handle length this is a good metal detecting digging tool as well as gardening tool.

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