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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ok, we may be going a little master of the obvious here, but there are soooo many uses for the Hori Hori Japanese Garden Knife, I wanted to make sure you get the most out of the investment, and choose wisely. There are a lot of cheap tools out there that can break , rust and crack. To get all you can out of this historical Japanese gardening tool, you will need to insure you purchase one with the following features:
Knife Edge – a sharpened edge for cutting and pruning.
Serrated Edge – all Hori Hori’s should have a serrated edge for sawing through branches and roots.
Concave Blade – to provide digging/scooping ability, the blade should be wide and concave.
Measurement Marks – for planting depth reference when planting with your Hori
Hole in Handle – This whole comes in hand when marking planting lines with string.
Stainless Steel Blade – Nothing is worse than a rusting tool
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 Toolis 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
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:
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
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.
Stainless Steel Blade. A stainless steel blade provides the rust proof strength required when using the digging tool in the garden.
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.
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.
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.