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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

Best Garden Gifts - Hori Hori Knife

Hori Hori FAQ: Best Gardening Tool

Information About How to Find the Best Hori Hori Japanese Garden Tool

Buying tools for the garden nowadays is confusing and overwhelming: Just how do you choose? If you want a Hori Hori, the options are endless and the market is plagued with unknowns and stores that ship from China (Just try and get customer service from them). Here is a great, quick list of frequently asked questions on our Hori Hori Garden Tool from customers for you to use in your hunt.

What is a Hori Hori?

What is a Hori Hori?

A Hori Hori is a Japanese Gardening Tool that provides multiple functions. It’s name literally means “to dig” in Japanese.

What are the uses for the Hori Hori tool?

What are the uses for the Hori Hori tool?

The Hori Hori can be used for the following garden chores:
  • As a trowel and for digging in the garden
  • As a garden knife for cutting roots and pruning
  • For weeding, you can scrape with the Hori’s blade
  • As a propagation tool, the Hori Hori is the best tool for dividing plants
  • The Hori Hori can be used as a scoop
There are many, many more uses.

What are the features of a quality Hori Hori?

What are the features of a quality Hori Hori?

We have an article that can help you find the best Hori Hori in the market: Hori Hori Garden Tool You can also buy our Hori Hori Garden Knife here: Buy Hori Hori Tool

What does "full tang" mean with a Hori Hori Garden Knife?

What does "full tang" mean with a Hori Hori Garden Knife?

The tang on any knife or tool is the portion that extends into the handle. A full tang provides maximum strength and control, as the steel of the Hori Hori blade is a single piece. Full tang Hori Horis are preferred for a durable, strong garden tool.

Are Hori Hori's still made in Japan?

Are Hori Hori's still made in Japan?

Hori Horis are still popular with Japanese Gardeners, and they are made throughout the country. Like many other countries, they rely on Chiese steel to make their garden blade tools.

There are so many options when I search, how do I choose the right Hori Hori?

There are so many options when I search, how do I choose the right Hori Hori?

Buyer beware, many of the sellers of Hori Hori’s online drop ship product from China, meaning they have never even used or evaluated the product. Here at Celtic Farm, we tested several manufacturers, and actually use the Hori Hori’s on our flower farm that we sell.
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Hori Hori – The Best Japanese Gardening Tool & Knife

 The Amazing Hori Hori Garden Tool: The Ultimate and Best Tool for Gardeners

We use our Hori Hori Japanese Gardening Knife tool every day at Celtic Farm, and highly recommend them to friends and customers as the ultimate garden tool.

Have you ever been in the garden and need a tool that you did not bring?  The Hori Hori Garden Tool is a barebones implement that can provide many of the functions that avid gardeners require.   This digging tool is often referred to as a garden knife”, “soil knife”  or “weeding knife” and is a true Swiss Army knife for the garden.  The word Hori literally means “to dig “, and Hori Hori is used as a digging sound in the language.   It has a specialized concave blade that is serrated on one side and can be used for the following:

  • weeding in the garden
  • cutting roots
  • removing plants
  • digging
  • measuring depth
  • planting bulbs
  • sod cutting
  • plant propagating through splitting
  • as a hand axe for chopping
  • as a trowel
  • as the all around, ultimate garden tool

How do you find the best hori hori garden tool?  Here are some things to look for when trying to find this ultimate garden tool:

  1. You want to purchase a full tang Hori Hori.  If you are not familiar with the word tang it describes the continuous portion of the blade that extends into the handle of a knife. Why the full tang on your garden knife?  A full tang provides the maximum strength and control when using the hori hori in the garden.  Cheaper knives have minimal extension of the tang into the handle.  YOu can see a full tang hori hori here: Best Full Tang Hori Hori Garden Knife
  2. 3 Rivets in Your Hori Hori Handle.  The full tang wont help you if its not securely connected to the wooden handle.  Quality Hori Hori’s will have 3 rivets on the handle.
  3. Stainless Steel Blade.   A stainless steel blade provides the rust proof strength required when using the digging tool in the garden.
  4. Curved, serrated blade.  Make sure the blade has a concave curve, and that the serration is of high quality for optimal use of the tool as a saw and cutting implement in the garden.
  5. Measurement marks. – I find it really handy to have inch marks on the inner part of my hori hori blade.  This is the ultimate tool for planting bulbs in the garden, and makes the ultimate garden tool even better.
  6. Blade length.  The Hori Hori blade should be between 6 and 8 inches, with the handle about the same.  This length gives perfect balance and provides for the one hand, barebones tool performance that makes it such a joy to use.



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