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What’s the difference between Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel tools?

AMES Tools hand cultivator

The AMES Tools collection is finally here, and across the 50 pieces available, you’ll find two materials: carbon steel and stainless steel.

Carbon steel and stainless steel are both proven metals for high quality tool fabrication, with both bringing different benefits to design.

So today, we’re answering the question: what’s the difference between carbon steel and stainless steel in the AMES Tools range?

AMES Tools range breakdown

Carbon steel tools make up a little under half of the AMES Tools range. There are 24 pieces crafted in carbon steel, including 12 hand tools, 7 digging tools and 9 cultivating tools.

In stainless steel, there are 26 pieces. The AMES Tools in stainless steel include 11 hand tools, 5 for digging and 10 for cultivating.

Within the range, some tool types are available in both carbon and stainless steel.

AMES Tools consistent design

Across the entire range, AMES Tools are built with quality and longevity in mind, so the fabrication for each item has been precisely specified for a balance of usability, robustness and aesthetic appeal to make it a gardener’s first choice.

The overall result is a range of tools that appeals to a wide range of gardeners by catering to a variety of important consumer wants and needs.

Some design elements are consistent across the entire collection:

  • FSC sustainably and ethically sourced ash wood handles for strength, durability and comfortable use
  • Spade heads stamped from one piece of specially tempered steel for high quality and enduring strength – no welding significantly reduced weak points
  • Double rivets where handle meets head on all digging tools, reducing stress points for 45% additional strength vs single rivet

AMES Tools carbon steel

  • Comfort step on all spades
  • Tempered carbon steel
  • Protective lacquered finish

The carbon steel tools in the AMES Tools collection are high quality, durable tools with ash wood shafts and ergonomic plastic handles.

They come in at a slightly lower price point than those in the stainless range.

With a high carbon content, carbon steel tools are very strong with a high tensile strength meaning they stand up to stress, and lacquered for extra protection against rusting.

Each carbon steel spade is crafted with our Comfort Step, which is wider for accurate foot placement and comes with a foot grip for security – making each spade a pleasure to use.

Compared to stainless steel, carbon steel AMES Tools are lighter to handle, and ideal for both beginner and seasoned gardeners.

AMES Tools stainless steel

  • Tempered stainless steel
  • Classic design
  • Polished heads

Stainless steel AMES Tools have a more traditional look and feel with ash wood shafts and handles, and secure head-to-handle connection.

These tools are also high quality and hand crafted – designed to be very appealing to the eye, especially for experienced gardeners  – and they carry a higher price point than the carbon steel range.

With a smoother finish, the blades on stainless steel horticultural tools push more easily into soil, and are easier to clean.

How to stock AMES Tools

If you’re already an AMES Tools stockist, contact your sales manager directly about placing your order. Otherwise, you can register your interest to become an AMES Tools retailer today – just leave your details and the team will be in touch.

If you’re a gardener searching for your perfect garden tools, find your nearest stockist here.