Before I get to the T2se, let me begin by starting with a little bit of metal detecting indulgence;

Here is my “cynical” take, on my hobby…

What a strange world we live in, I dig holes for a living, I dig holes for myself by opening my mouth -[I never seem to stop doing that]- I dig holes for anything and everything then I go and dig holes for a hobby, I never complain when I’m at work about the weather, come the sun, rain, wind, hail, sleet or snow nothing leaves my lips, I solder on like a “right little trooper” but when its playtime… oh that’s a different matter…

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I suppose even when it’s playtime I never really complain, no matter what the vagaries of the English weather throws at you, especially when you get a run of scorching hot weather its nice to be out in the sunshine, doing something that is enjoyable, but & this is the “but” when the blessed ground is “so” rock hard & trying to dig a tiny bit at a time only succeeds in jarring the bones, and testing the limits of your patience, then and only then do I question my sanity….IMG_7334
Trying to get into this solid ground using the fork or heavens for-bid you’re trying to use a spade, then sometimes its a case of – “mind the speed the digging tool your using comes back towards your head” – as the spade & very often the fork, comes back at you, after bouncing off the rock hard and unforgiving ground…

 

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before we set off

Because of this solid ground, sometimes that good signal turns to deep dread, but then, as you start to peck away at this devils crust, the dread disappears & without a thought, your brain has switched into “a good signal mode” and the seven dwarfs theme tune is playing in the back  of your mind, after digging down an inch at a time, when finally a cracked and parched field gives you a glimmer of hope as you prise that lump of hard granite, that’s pretending to be soil out of the ground then the signal disappears, aghhhhh – noooo your mind screams a thousand curses, as you, then spend another few frantic minutes looking for it, there-there it is, still in the hole, now your scared that one mistake will make that signal disappear again, your digging now slows down as you purposely hunt that bloody signal, you go down slowly, your slow pace is on purpose now, you have a reason for slowing down, and not because the ground is so hard, as you travel further down to find that elusive signal, its moved again as its a broken signal now, don’t panic, gently-gently – polie-polie, then gingerly removing a handful of soil, its there, got it, its out of the hole, and in your hand, elation dwindles faster than the winning numbers on a lottery ticket, another gun cap… ah well check the hole & onto the next one…
So what happens when the ground is sodden wet, well that’s a different story… you revert back to the “best of the best”  I believe most dedicated Metal Detecting, digging equipment would not pass this kind of product testing… the three stages of testing consist of… 1… this is the easy one near the handle… with the second stage in the middle of the handle & the shaft is still not flexing… whilst the third passes with flying colours after having sixteen “plus” stone hanging on the end, with the feet off the floor – im very impressed….


Before I go any further;

Let me introduce you to Wayne’s World…

I would like to say a huge thank you to Wayne Kitching – from North Yorkshire, for a stunning photo that he took on Sunday 18th November 2018, it captures a moment in time, when just as the rising sun was trying to burn off the early morning mist, a group of metal detectorists were detecting eastwards down the field, each one marking their route as they went forward with the appearance of a darker colour, with each detectorist creating their own different pattern in the crop, as the coil shook off the mist from the crop or as a digging tool was being towed behind ready to be called into action; it was this, that was making each detectorist appear to cast long shadows on the ground, as they went about their task…Wayne has kindly given written permission for me to use this photo, so I have popped it on the header for all to see, along with the other header photos, i like…

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Wayne’s World…

This particular Photograph from Wayne, portrays a typical scene of an early morning metal detecting dig, but one that has captured the essence of being with friends, & yet doing it your own way…  Thank you Wayne for allowing me to use this photo…

 

 


So when did a hankering for a new detector begin…

Or more to the point how did it begin, well some time in 2015, is the answer to that, I mentioned to the females of my clan, that I was considering purchasing a new metal detector, as my existing detector was deep on open flat ground and I had no problems with trusting the machine, although never deep as a metal detector goes! or so I was reliably informed, but my Tesoro Eldorado had served and still serves me well, depth I am reliable informed is what I need to find the good stuff…

Well so be it, depth and the good stuff, might meld together, but this is not the real reason i was looking around to purchase a new deeper detector, the main and only reason for it to be deep was it was intended mainly for grass areas, notably pastures, and other bits of rough ground, but it also had to be stable in iron infested sites, the Eldorado just loves to play in these areas whilst repaying my patience with little trinkets and gifts, such as this Hawks Beak, as I was digging this little beauty out I was picking out bits of rusted flakes and an iron nail, but to say I could have guessed what this was “never in a million years” springs to mind, with two “silvered brass studs” for attaching to the material, which alerted me to its presence, along with other bits of Roman that day…

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So where does all this lead to the Teknektics  T2, well as I said before, I was mulling over the idea of a deeper machine for the areas i thought my existing detector struggled with, I was still not a hundred percent certain on the metal detector I wanted, do I go for the G2, Fisher F75, or even the Teknectics T2se…

That was all decided for me on my reaching of a certain age birthday, after opening my birthday presents I was then driven off to have breakfast at a well known carvery, upon my return somehow [sneaky women] a new pile of prezzies appeared and there was a T2se amongst the new gifts, well dogs and two tails spring to mind, after the grand opening, I was left to my own devices to go and play with my new toy…

maud 2As you can see on the right there is Maud, a sweetheart brooch, my first day out with the T2se, and after an hour this popped out, this is a very worked out field, and the rest is history, I always get something p….well to be continuedAs you 

 


below is a hint of my welcome pack…

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Here you can learn your skill set, which is so easy to do…& even easier when someone shows you, a quick and easy setup shown in this and other videos…

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=metal+deTectors+at+unearthed+youtube+t2+uk&&view=detail&mid=40AB4853BFB60982C44940AB4853BFB60982C449&FORM= VRDGAR

Now check out the Manual…

http://www.whiteriverprep.com/vintage/tek/tekT2R4.html


see how the Americans deal with the depth capability’s…

Teknetics T2 SE Depth and VDI test with Civil War relics.