Japanese Gardening Hoe

Sharp and nimble, this garden hoe is ideal for weeding small gardens where full size tools are cumbersome. The hand-forged steel blade will work in the toughest of soils. Made in Japan. (more info)

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This garden hoe has all the hallmarks of a classic Japanese sword. It is forged completely by hand, and the blade is laminated — a process that blends the attributes of hard and soft steel. The hard steel keeps a sharp cutting edge while the softer steel stays tough after years of use.

As a garden implement, the weeding hoe has a rich history. The first farms were cultivated with large and heavy hoe prototypes, while these days myriad variations are designed for specific tasks on the farm. This hoe is ideal for smaller plots and soils typical of the urban farm.

The extended handle gives the user extended reach and more leverage. This means you’ll spend less time moving around and more time weeding.

Use & Care

Store away from moisture and out of the dirt. At the end of the gardening season, apply oil to the blade and shank to prevent rusting. The natural oils from your hand will keep the handle looking and feeling good.

This tool operates in the topmost half-inch of the soil, similar to a collinear hoe. With the handle in hand, and the blade pointed toward you, pull the tool toward you in short, quick motions. With each stroke, the sharp blade will "decapitate" all weeds in its path.

Use caution as the blade is extremely sharp right out of the box. Use a whetstone or Diamond Sharpener to keep it sharp, especially if you're working in rocky soil.


Blade: 4¾” (12 cm) 
Handle: 10” (26 cm) 
Total: 17½” (19 cm) 

Hand-forged steel, Japanese white oak

Made in
Saga Province, Japan
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