The Gardeners Tool Box: Hori-Hori Knife

by Charlotte Walker

If you asked me what item every gardener should have I would excitedly exclaim “a Hori-Hori stainless steel weeding knife  of course”! This one tool has literally replaced ALL of my other garden hand tools.

Smart Design

Traditionally used in Japan to collect specimens for bonsai (hori means “digging”), the knife has a heavy steel blade that is dished, with a serrated edge on one side and a sharpened edge on the other. It’s also got handy inch markings on the blade making it quick and easy to create your trenches and plant things at the right depth.

Stays Sharp

The one in this picture is over four years old now. Its still sharp after daily use through the summers. It also lived a whole winter under the snow in the pig pasture. The Gardeners Tool Box: Hori-Hori Knife

Many Uses

We use it for a lot of different things including: planting, transplanting, grubbing, removing roots or deep-rooted weeds, dividing perennials, cutting open feed bags, cutting twine and impaling slugs.

Great Price/Value

You can buy a good Hori Hori knife for around $35-40 CAD. We got one of ours at Lee Valley and our second one on Amazon. Both have lasted an equally long period of time (6 years at the time of writing this). You can find it on amazon here. (affiliate link). Wherever you buy it make sure you get an authentic model with a stainless steel blade. I think this is a bargain especially for something that’s going to last years!

Tip: The wood handle camouflages itself really well in nature. Paint the handle or tie something bright to it. I have lost mine several times only to discover that it was “right there”.

Do you have a Hori-Hori knife? Are you as impressed as I am?



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John Cornellier June 8, 2018 - 11:27 pm

Thanks Charlotte, sounds super interesting. When I click on your affiliate link it brought me to amazon dot COM though, not CA. Just a heads up, feel free to delete these comment when you figure it out. – John

Charlotte Walker June 10, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Thanks for the heads up John and my apologies for the inconvenience. Amazon is a bit of a complex beast. With links I am able to direct to multiple countries with the same link but if that item is not in the Canadian shop it will send people the the US shop instead. The banner ads can only be for one country. My readership is primarily in the United States 80% so for the banner ads I’ve opted to use the .com site.

I will put more thought into how I manage this going forward and appreciate your comment.
Here is a link to the exact knife we use from!


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