In the fire of the blacksmith’s forge, the hori hori garden knife is born. An old piece of steel is given new life by anvil, hammer and tradition. We hand forge the knife from reclaimed steel. The hori hori blade is heated to a glowing orange colour and plunged into vegetable oil to harden it, so that it will endure the toughest use in the garden, by the fireside or in the forests.
This beautiful hori hori garden knife is based on an ancient Japanese design, yet incorporates elements we have experimented with in our own garden. It was originally designed to harvest vegetables from the wild. The narrower and thicker blade allows you to dig deep, slicing through tough, woody roots and to chop through small trees and branches like a hatchet.
The knife is heat treated by eye and experience, using a centuries old blacksmith method. The serrated edge is filed by hand to make sawing a breeze, and is designed to be sharpened easily using a simple chainsaw file. The hardwood handle is durable and comfortable to hold.
The cross carry leather sheath is hand made from vegetable tanned cow hide. This style of sheath allows for easy access even when crouching or bending over, which is common in the garden. Your hori hori will always be at hand.
Overall Length: approximately 11.5 to 12″”
Blade Dimensions: approximately 6.5″ x 1.5″ x 5/16″, tapering to 3/16″ thickness at the point.
Handle Length: 4.5″ to 5″
Hand forged in BC, Canada