In England, where those short, annoying D–handled tools are made, they call a spade a spade, and a shovel a shovel.. Spades are used for digging, but are more traditionally thought of as tools for slicing through and lifting sod, edging lawns and beds, skimming weeds and opening straight-sided holes or trenches.
However, a long handle supplies more leverage and allows you to work in a more upright position. As a result, a long-handled shovel is usually a better choice.
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My spade (square-bladed) has the D-shaped handle because I use it for cutting-
Long handled shovels almost always have a straight piece of wood or other. can have either a T shaped end or more commonly what is called a D-Grip end.