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See the pic. What are the odds that this is a True Temper shovel?

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We're talking about these? Seems there are two blade lengths. I always thought the longer blade was the one to have. Are the shorter ones as good/better? View attachment 1010599
Short, flat blades and short handles are what I like. The clam gun geometry, and basic physics (if done right), lead to quickly pulling out wedges of sand and fewer broken shells.
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We're talking about these? Seems there are two blade lengths. I always thought the longer blade was the one to have. Are the shorter ones as good/better? View attachment 1010599
The top one is the "dry digging" version and the bottom one is the "surf digging" version. I have both and the top one is awesome when the only shows are in the dry, not so good in the surf. Many pros swap to longer handles and cushion grips for pounding in the surf. The short handles are great for neckers but worthless for pounding unless you are height challenged.

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Over the time that True Temper made clam shovels, they were stamped, Heat treated, Tempered, and True Temper, some of the very old ones were not stamped at all.
And yes, they are worth every bit of what the market demands.
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For a video of how a clam shovel is used properly, scroll down this person's posts.
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Over the time that True Temper made clam shovels, they were stamped, Heat treated, Tempered, and True Temper, some of the very old ones were not stamped at all.
And yes, they are worth every bit of what the market demands.
Do you the shovels that I traded with you for the ClamHawk?
Do you the shovels that I traded with you for the ClamHawk?
Yup, It now has a long handle and is my surf shovel, for dry digging I use the long blade short handle.
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I could potentially be sitting on $1000 dollars of Dad's clam shovels?
TT is all I've ever used since I began digging as a young boy.
I could potentially be sitting on $1000 dollars of Dad's clam shovels?
TT is all I've ever used since I began digging as a young boy.
I know some TT collectors who have dozens of shovels and they have been shocked at how much they have increased in value. I have a few but most are in a condition that won鈥檛 fetch top dollar.

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No markings on mine, but both came from garage sales for cheap

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The blade on the left looks more like a clam blade. The one on the right just doesn鈥檛 have the curved shape it should.
The blade on the left looks more like a clam blade. The one on the right just doesn鈥檛 have the curved shape it should.
That may be a trenching shovel
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That may be a trenching shovel
That鈥檚 what I was thinking as well.
Last tide was the first time I used it and I was impressed!


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Last tide was the first time I used it and I was impressed!


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Clean that rust off with a wire-wheel or wire brush, and you'll really be impressed!
Clean that rust off with a wire-wheel or wire brush, and you'll really be impressed!
That rust is what makes the True Temper 'SHINE" if you will.
Please refer to Clamman's post #11.
Wire wheel that rough Patina and you might as well dig with a a stainless steel shovel. Or a clam gun...Hahaha...
I've never had the opportunity to dig with or even hold a stainless clam shovel even though I've forever thought I need one....but I can only imagine the True Temper Clam Shovel to be constructed from a lighter gauge steel to make it easier to sink into the sand. It's possible the Stainless may sink faster into the sand being a hard, smooth surface rather than the True Temper with it's pocky, golfball dimpled texture but everything has it's advantages and disadvantages.
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The only real advice I can give is rinse it thoroughly after the salt. That鈥檚 the biggest killer of these shovels.
I take that back. One more bit of advice is to wear a glove on the hand you use to pound the surf for shows. The rust on the bend will really put the work to your hand after using it. Palm area around your thumb will thank you.
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That rust is what makes the True Temper 'SHINE" if you will.
Please refer to Clamman's post #11.
Wire wheel that rough Patina and you might as well dig with a a stainless steel shovel. Or a clam gun...Hahaha...
I've never had the opportunity to dig with or even hold a stainless clam shovel even though I've forever thought I need one....but I can only imagine the True Temper Clam Shovel to be constructed from a lighter gauge steel to make it easier to sink into the sand. It's possible the Stainless may sink faster into the sand being a hard, smooth surface rather than the True Temper with it's pocky, golfball dimpled texture but everything has it's advantages and disadvantages.
You must be a "dry digger" and not a "surf digger"? To each his own, but we always cleaned any rust off our old shovels (clam guns) and kept the leading edge sharp with a file.
You must be a "dry digger" and not a "surf digger"? To each his own, but we always cleaned any rust off our old shovels (clam guns) and kept the leading edge sharp with a file.
Contradictory assumption Sir Edward. At times I may resort to dry sand digging but prefer surf digging.
And to answer your question I rinse ALL my clam gear with fresh water each day I use them. From Shovels, Stainless clam tubes, clam bags, waders, rubber boots. The TT shovels get hit with WD-40 a couple times a year.
The only part of that shovel that I will clean is to sharpen the blade edge.
I was raised on the beach as my family members, Dad, Uncles and older Cousins were clam digging in the surf before I was old/big enough that my family would allow myself and a few other cousins and siblings to step out there. Meanwhile my Mother and Aunt's taught myself and the rest of the kids to dig in the dry sand. When we weren't wading in tide pools....
You must be a Clam tube Aficionado. That's too bad.
I'm 59 years old now and Dad's shovels were probably 10 or 15 years old then with the same Patina as they have today. It's a form of rust but they are not rusty. If you don't know the difference You'll probably never understand anyway.
I appreciate your enthusiasm though Ed.
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