The Krafse is a versatile digging tool which has developed a loyal following amongst archaeologists in Scandinavian countries and Scotland. A hardware shop in Cambridge run by Robin, an ex-field archaeologist is selling these tools in the UK for the first time. Robin has fond memories of using a Krafse back in the day when they were brought back by diggers who had worked in Norway during the 1990s.  The Krafse has been called a trowel, mattock, hoe and shovel all in one.

It is deal for hacking, hoeing and cleaning up, and the curved blade means it can be used as a reverse shovel.  It is especially good for shifting spoil fast and the long handle means less stooping and back strain when compared to a shovel. The Krafse recently featured in a favourite tools tweet by Historic Environment Scotland

To get one, contact Robin at Cam Home & Garden on 01223 660685, 07845 964013 or They cost £54.99 including VAT and he can ship anywhere in the UK and Ireland. Have a look at one here: