What if you really want a lightweight new trowel, but your shiny red Deuce of Spaces won’t show up for months? Then you’re stuck between a rock and an outhouse, aren’t you?
Unless you decide to MYOG your own, while waiting for your new UL toy. This one’s called “Deck of Spades” (because there’s 10 holes in it…ten is deca … get it?) It weighs 0.8 ounces and is 6.5” in length. Yeah, it’s heaver than your Deuce will be, by 0.2 ounces, and is narrower. Bummer. On the other hand, it’s thicker, the handle will be comfier, you can own one for $1,*** and you can have it in your hand in 1 hour or less, because that’s how long it takes to make.
You can cut the aluminum with a coping saw. Drill 3/8” holes every .6 inches. Sharpen the tip with a file, sand the edges, and go dig yourself a fine cathole in the back yard. Frighten the wits out of your wife, who's afraid you'll use it for its intended purpose.
But you really wanted the cool colors? Buy a Sharpie of your favorite color and faux-anodize it.
***More precisely: you'll have to buy 3 feet of 1” x 1/16" angle aluminum for $5, and that will make you 5 Deca Spades, so, $1 on average. I like the aluminum sold by Lowe's better than that sold at Home Depot. I purchased both and tested for stiffness. Then I noticed the Lowe's aluminum was advertised as USA made, and the HD aluminum was Hecho. Note that neither of these types of aluminum are the quality that the Deuce of Spades is made of. If you wanted a better quality trowel, 6061 and 6063 is readily available at most metal warehouses, not sure about 7075. I'm not sure the higher grade aluminum is absolutely necessary, though, when the aluminum is a full 1/16" thick. Doesn't feel bendy at all, and digs like a sooper dooper pooper scooper trooper.