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Diggit Hori Garden Knife
BEFORE: Out of the Box AFTER: Polishes with Wear

Diggit Hori Garden Knife

Hardened Stainless Steel Ready For Real Gardening

Guaranteed Not To Rust – Made of cast, high-strength stainless steel, heat-treated with reinforcing ribs near the handle

These are an excellent tool where you expect to have to chop thru small roots or cut thru sod. Many hori hori knives have very sharp edges on one side. We're not so keen on this because any sharp cutting tool used in dirt won't stay sharp very long. Also since usually you have your other hand so close, you run the risk of slicing your finger.

Using the good steel is not cheap but once you start using this tool, you'll fall in love with it

Here at Diggit Inc., we've gone thru many designs and metallurgy processes to come up with a good balance of strength and hardness at a fair price for our Hori Garden Knife. Out of the box, our Hori Garden Knive blade has a fairly heavy gray-purple oxide layer from the 3-stage heat-treat process: 7 hours at temperatures from 925 – 2100ºF. 

NOTEWORTHY: This darker layer will wear off as the tool is used in the dirt and becomes nicely polished the more it is used. See before and after pictures  We took a brand new Hori and broke up every square inch of a 3 foot by 4 foot by 4 inch deep patch of hard-packed, rocky Seattle glacial till dirt to show how the oxide layer wears off to leave a shiny, silvery surface. If you are lucky enough to have nice, loamy, rock free dirt, you may not even wear thru the dark layer, it is quite tough. It will just become a glossy gray. 

Yes, we can make the tool shiny right from the start but it doesn't improve the function but adds a lot to the cost! We figured we'd save you some money and keep the handle bright-colored, so you can easily find it in the dirt. Made in the U.S. of A.

Our price: $35.00

SKUhori-hori
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
3 reviews

We sell our hand tools at quite a few shows in the area and have for many years

A lot of people said they used Hori Hori knives, these were their favorite tools.

We never liked them because they had uncomfortable handles, the non-stainless blades got rusty, and the wood handles would deteriorate if you left them out in the rain or if they got wet. The blades tended to break off at the handles as well, since they are stamped out of flat sheet.  And they mostly come from China! 

So we thought, OK, if people like Hori's so much, we'll make our own, but we'll solve all the problems.

We made ours out of cast, high-strength stainless steel, heat treated so you can dig in the nastiest rocky dirt or near concrete walkways without beating up the edge. Since our Hori is cast, we could add reinforcing ribs near the handle so they don't break off there. And we used our proven handle design, much softer and more comfortable than wood or hard plastic. And since it's round you can use it at any angle without getting blisters. Our handles are bright colored so you won't lose your tool in the yard.

This is a tool for heavy digging, where you expect to have to chop thru small roots or maybe cut thru sod.

Many Hori's have very sharp edges on one side, we're not so keen on this because any sharp cutting tool used in dirt won't stay sharp very long and since usually you have your other hand close in where the Hori is, you run the risk of slicing your finger. So our Hori is about like a dull kitchen knife, sharp enough to cut thru sod and roots but not sharp enough to give you a bad cut on your finger. Our Hori is made of thru-hardened stainless steel, so if one wanted a sharp edge one could grind it sharp. That's your business!

Like all our tools, this one is meant to be left outdoors, poked into the ground out in the garden where you will be using it. It is completely weatherproof .  

It's great in a vegetable garden, for tap tooted veggies like big carrots or turnips you can dig a hole next to the veggie, push it out sideways into the hole, and chop off the greens all with the same tool.  

Features

  • High strength stainless blade - won't rust
  • Bright colored handle won't get lost in the compost pile
  • Reinforcing ribs near handle
  • Made in USA! 

Uses

  • General digging
  • Cutting thru small roots
  • Cutting greens off vegetables 
  • Cutting thru sod
  • Dividing
  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • Opening bags of compost, potting soil, etc. 
  • Scraping barbeque grills
  • Stabbing slugs
  • Chipping ice

FAQs

How sharp is Diggit's Hori Garden Knife? So our Hori is about as dull as a butter knife. Certainly, sharp enough to cut thru sod and roots, but not sharp enough to cut your finger. Our Hori is made of thru-hardened stainless steel, so if one wanted a sharp edge one could grind it sharp. Enjoy!

Product rating

Customer Reviews

  • Customer: Dan S., Austin, TX
    Gotta tip my hat to your hori hori knife. The ground can get tough around here after a dry spell. I've tried other knives that just broke so quick (cheap Chinese ones I guess) and that really chaps my back side, if you know what I mean? I'll be ordering your other tools soon enough.
  • Customer: Lucy Booher
    Lost my Hori Hori tool, I was devastated, it is the best/favorite garden tool, reordered another one, I can't be without it!
  • Customer: Danica D., Santa Fe, NM
    Some dirt gets hard here in N.M. I like to use my Hori to stab around the plants before I water to ensure water is actually getting down into the roots.

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