You start digging a hole with a post hole digger but you run into something the digger just can’t hold onto, like mud or water. Now you’re stuck, unless you pick up a tool like one of these Eastern or Western spoon shovels from Oshkosh Tools.
Oshkosh designed the Eastern-pattern spoon shovels for lighter sandier soils and the Western-pattern spoon shovels for harder, more clay-laden soils, but the high-carbon steel blades both feature scoop shapes. For easily measuring hole depth, they also mark the handles every foot.
Available with 7′, 8′, 9′, 10′, and 12′ handles made from ash or maple, if you can find one it’s going to cost you $90 to $150.