I did this trying to dig up a 7 foot (triffid) cardoon.
I need a new fork,what make is best and what is the best value?
Buy cheap,you buy twice!
You probably needed a Crowbar for that one
Spear and Jackson are a good make
Sorry can't help you there Cotty but what you have said has helped me make my mind up about cardoons I have some and they will stay where they are
Carboot or Sunday market cotty.
All my best tools are either family heirlooms or second (3rd, 4th?) hand
Mr Chicky has done that to countless forks - doesn't know his own strength. We eventually invested in a Bulldog one - expensive, but three years on he still hasn't destroyed it (and i'm sure he hasn't been treating it gently). I would certainly recommend it.
I'm a tool mangler too cotty
I did the same thing recently but with two bent prongs, digging up a lupin.
I replaced it with an all steel Faithfull (sic) because I liked the cut of its jib; its prongs seem sturdy but time will tell...
Can't recommend any particular brand of fork, but here are a few interesting facts about cardoons (and their roots).
Get a spear and jackson neverbend rootbreaker.
I broke a fork last year trying to dig up jap anemones in clay.
This does the job.
Being a TA, I think you should not give up on that one, just take it to the local blacksmith and get a new prong welded on.
I avvice you buy a better quality one, even not too expensive??? but it can work long long time, it's worthy