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Hori Hori Buying Guide

When you buy gardening tools, there are soooo many different choices online, and the Hori Hori Garden Knife is no exception. With everything from the basic Japanese inspired version, to the futuristic Hori Hori that looks like a battle weapon, its difficult to figure out how to pick the best garden knife for your needs. Here is a Hori Hori breakdown to help you buy a quality tool that will help you in the garden for years.

  1. The Hori Hori Blade – did you know Hori Horis became popular in Japan as Samurai sword makers transitioned to peaceful times? There are a few things you should look for in a blade. First off, it should be made of stainless steel, you don’t want a rusty hori hori. If its black, or edged in black, it will rust. Secondly, it should be concave (curved). I use my Japanese tool to scoop constantly, and if its not curved, you can’t scoop. It should have a serrated edge for cutting/sawing, and a smooth edge. Your Hori Hori should have measurement marks on the blade to help in planting and digging. Lastly, it needs to have a full tang. What’s a tang? The part that goes into the handle of the blade.
  2. The Handle – Plastic has no place in the garden. It’s an environmental no no, and its just ugly, am I right? A Hori Hori is a traditional tool, and there are some that are nice to look at, and just feel right in your hand. A wooden handle keeps tradition, wont melt or warp in the sun, and just looks damn good 🙂 We prefer rosewood, for its durability, aesthetics and how it sheds water. Also, the handle should have a hole. Why? I use my Hori Hori constantly as a row marking helper. With a hole you can run marking string through the hole and make accurate lines. Lastly, there are several Hori Hori’s with round handles as compared to a flat handle. The flat Japanese blade handle is the traditional handle for a reason: it provides strength and stability when digging.
  3. Buy From A Reputable Source with Experience – Would you have a painter do your plumbing? Buy your Hori Hori from a source with experience, and that actually uses what they sell, and that has reviews from gardeners/farmers on their site. How can you tell? Inquire and ask a question.
  4. Read the Reviews – There is a ton of misinformation out there, and the best source of real, usable info? Other gardeners that have purchased the same tool. Review will give you insight into wether the product is really good, or just bleh. Look for passion and ooomph to make sure the purchasers really mean what they say about their Hori Hori Tool.

So, short and sweet. We have quite a bit more information on Hori Horis on our site, as it is our favorite tool on the farm for just about everything in the garden and landscaping.

Here are some other great articles:

Best Tool Set for the Garden

Hori Hori Garden Tool: Samurai in the Garden

How to use a hori hori

Hori Hori Uses

How To Get the Most Out of Your Hori Hori Tool

As I work on the farm and garden daily, I don’t go anywhere without my Hori Hori Knife and Tool. I find new uses for my this Japanese Gardener’s Tool every day.  I carry it every where I go, and like to have it handy for all types of chores, and it saves me trips back to the garden shed.  Either on my gardener’s belt or in my gardener’s/florists apron, it is always ready for action or any chore I can sum up.  There are many known uses, but I thought I would create a list of expanded uses for this great garden tool i have found over the years:

  • As its namesake describes, it is great for digging with its concave Hori Hori Samurai-like blade.
  • It can be used as a quick soil aerating tool to get oxygen to a plants roots and surrounding soil.
  • The Hori Hori blade is great for getting weeds at their roots, and with a flick of the wrist can get them root and all.
  • The serrated blade is great for cutting through stubborn roots, and root balls.
  • The Hori Hori works quite well as a pruning device for small branches or as a small saw for larger branches.
  • It works great as a marker stake, and with a hole in the handle, and some string, it makes garden marking easy. You can also use it for planting rows as a line reference.
  • I use it as a propagation tool to cut through large root balls and separate.
  • The Hori Hori Knife edge cuts through landscape fabric quite well and makes cutting X’s simple.
  • Opening bags of soil and amendments can be done quickly with the sharp Hori blade
  • The sharp blade can help in harvesting flowers or vegetables.
  • It’s great for cutting through irrigation tubing

No matter your use, buy the Best Hori Hori you possible can and use it throughout the garden or farm to make your chores a breeze. Just be careful! The blade is sharp!