Hori Hori Garden Knife: Why this Tool is So Awesome

What is a Hori-Hori Garden Knife?

If you tried to pack the Hori-Hori Garden Knife in your carry-on, chances are good it would be confiscated at the airport.  This gardening knife certainly looks scary, which comes in handy if you are gardening in urban areas.  However, street people are not the only ones who fear the Hori-Hori—so do garden weeds, pesky roots, large rocks and any other annoying garden obstacle.  In addition to ridding your garden of weeds, the Hori-Hori works to plant bulbs and small plants, butcher unwanted roots from a new garden plot, dig rows for planting seeds, loosen stubborn clay soil and anything else you can think of.  If you can add just one garden tool to your toolbox, choose the Hori-Hori Garden Knife.

Hori-Hori History

The word “Hori” means “dig” in Japanese.  The Hori-Hori Garden Knife is a traditional Japanese tool that is used for work beyond gardening.  In general, the Hori-Hori has a thick metal blade and a wooden handle.  Typically, one side of the blade is semi-sharp and smooth, and the other side is serrated, making it useful for cutting through tough roots.  The pointed tip makes it easy to weed in between sidewalk cracks and pavers.
The tool design is thousands of years old and has changed very little over the years.  You want to find a Hori-Hori like ours that has a thick, steel blade for long lasting durability and can be easily sharpened.  Stay away from thin, cheap metal blades that rust and break easily.  If you take your chances in buying an “imitation” or “knock-off” garden knife, you will be disappointed, and you’ll miss out on one of the best garden tools available.

Who Uses the Hori-Hori?

Pretty much everyone!  Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever maintained your garden without it.

  • Master gardeners love this tool
  • Staff at public gardens use these tools
  • Home gardeners are starting to discover the many uses of the Hori-Hori.  FYI, quality garden knives can be difficult to find.
  • Your neighbor who’s garden you secretly envy

Caring for Your New Tool

Because the Hori-Hori is made from metal and wood, you do need to give it a little TLC (tender loving care).  Garden tools most certainly get wet, so you will want to wipe off and dry off the Hori-Hori blade before putting it away.  We recommend leaving it out in an area that gets good air circulation if the entire handle becomes soaked.  If any rust does happen to form on the blade, you can sand it with steel wool and rub in a little oil.  Be mindful of how much leverage you use the knife for.  Even though we think of the Hori-Hori as one of the best gardening tools you can ever have, it will break if pushed too hard.

Yes, the Hori-Hori Garden Knife looks different than most other garden tools in your shed.  Maybe you even had a difficult time picturing yourself using one at first.  However, we’re confident you will find little use for your other common garden tools once you’ve had the chance to use our Hori-Hori Garden Knife in your garden.

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