Have you tried a Hori Hori?
I have to admit it, I am a new convert to a Hori Hori; which has to be the strangest and most intreaguing of all gardening implements.
And yet, I feel I have been using one all of my gardening life…
For many years (until I lost it) I had an old bone handled knife, which lived in the shed. It would weed, it would cut bags of compost and twine, slash at brambles and even dig out the odd dandelion, until, sadly I lost it.
Meet Hori Hori, which is that old kitchen knife, but on steroids.
The Niwaki Hori Hori comes in a canvas holster (I do admit to having practiced a quick draw infront of the mirror) and looks every bit like a Hobbit sword!
indeed Bilbo Baggins would have called his Hori Hori Sting, and it would glow blue when Brambles or Ground Elder are present.
Sting, (Oops the Hori Hori) has hardly been out of my hands since I bought it from Niwaki Jake at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week…
So far I absolutely love my Hori Hori for.
- Removing big troublesome weeds
- Chopping things before adding them to the compost heap
- Removing weeds from block paving
- Taking out short seed drills
- Planting out smaller plants
- Slicing though suckers
- Digging out stones and obstructions, indeed Hori Hori means Digging Digging in Japan, where this amazing little tool originates.
The Niwaki Hori Horit is sturdily made, with a strong carbon steel blade, which is very sharp and hardened.
At £24 it may not be the cheapest tool on the block. but it may just be the most useful.