DeWit Garden Hand Shovel

Steel shovel with a sharpened edge running all the way around for better digging. Ash wood handle is durable but forgiving on the hands. Lifetime warranty. Made in the Netherlands. (more info)

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DeWit Garden Hand Shovel - Kaufmann Mercantile

The DeWit hand shovel is crafted in a small town in the Netherlands by a family company that goes back five generations. Because most trowels aren’t sharpened from top to bottom, they’re harder on the wrists and make for a rather aggressive digging style. 

This trowel is made of Swedish hand-forged boron steel and has a sharp edge from top to bottom, slicing through the soil and easing the frustrations of gardeners.

The shovel's ash wood handle is made in Slovakia, just off the Ukraine border, with durable, Forest Stewardship Council-approved wood (meaning that it isn’t from protected forests). Ash is tough and strong but also elastic and easy on the hands.

The wooden handle from Slovakia and the Swedish-made roll-forged steel are then crafted into the trowel by the DeWit blacksmiths using trade secrets loyally kept since 1893. Despite the advancements in the functionality of the trowel, it still has the beauty of an antique tool, much like the originals produced in the early days of the company’s existence.

Use & Care

Only use a trowel for small jobs, use a spade for bigger holes that need digging.

Oil your trowel and keep it nice and clean, that way it won't rust. Remember to bring in your tools in case it rains.

The trowel is sharp --  be careful to not hurt yourself or others.

All DeWit tools come with a lifetime warranty. If anything should happen to one of your tools, send a photo of the damaged tool to Kaufmann Mercantile and we'll send you a replacement.

Production & Design

The steel of the trowel blade is made from boron, a chemical compound known for it's durable strength. The steel is roll forged in Sweden using a heavy bar to weld the steel into the thickness and length needed. It is then sent to the Dewit family factory, where the blacksmith will sharpen all edges of the trowel to give it the right sharpness to easily slice into stubborn soil. It is then assembled into the Slovakian ash wood and it's ready to dig.

The DeWit company's factory is in Kornhorn, a small village near the city Groningen in the north of Holland. The company has remained in the picturesque Dutch village since its beginning on April 1st, 1898, when Willem de Wit started his blacksmith company. Four generations later the time-honored tradition continues, updating their classic tool designs over the years based on the concerns of the gardeners the products are designed for. 


13 inches

Blade size
6 inches x 3 inches

9 ounces

Hand-forged boron steel, ash wood handle

Made in
The Netherlands

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