I am looking for 50 Permies to help me promote my Hori Hori Garden Knife. The Hori Hori Garden Knife is perfect for any Master Gardener, Permaculturist, or Horticulturist. Great for planting, digging, weeding, harvesting and looks great too! It's also a great gift for any gardener in your life. Besides being a great tool, I removed all but a sliver of recyclable plastic in the packaging and the handle is made out FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified hardwood that is verified at sustainably harvested. I am taking Paul's advice and instead of getting mad at the bad guys, I hope to force my competitors to emulate my product. If my Amazon business takes off, I'll be able to spend a lot more time working my homestead.
In exchange for this huge discount, I am asking that you write a (fair & honest) review of the product on the Amazon website. That's it. As a bonus, when I get 50 permie reviews I will send Paul 8 Hori Hori Knives FREE - one for each Ant.
Here is how it works:
- Email me at Patrick AT trulygarden.com (Please don't PM or post on thread - too confusing for me)
- I will email you back a unique one-time code
- You go to Amazon.com to buy the knife and enter the code at checkout (If you have Prime - shipping if free otherwise it's ~$5 for US shipping, still a great deal)
- After you get the knife, please post a review on your thoughts quickly - within 1-2 days (you can always go back and edit your review later)
- Please tell me you've posted the review
- Note: I will (politely) pester you until you tell me you have posted the review
- I ask that you don't resell the knife on the internet - Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, etc.
- Only one 50% off coupon per person (I can give you another discount if you want to buy more)
- If you have a blog, I would love if you post a link to the product.
We do occasionally get 'stuff' offered to staff to review, and I usually take no interest as I'm not much into stuff, but when I saw this hori hori I jumped at the chance. It really does seem like a wonderful multi-purpose tool. I can see myself keeping mine by the door and taking it with me any time I set foot into the garden, and also being the one thing I take with me to the olive grove and 'zone five' when I often need something with me but don't want to carry a whole load of tools all the way down there. If the quality really is as good as is claimed, I'm expecting to be able to write up an awesome review, and even without having handled one yet, I'd be willing to stick my neck out and recommend having a good look at the amazon page and taking up the offer of a half-price one in return for a review.
Basically, it's like a long, pointy, sharp-edged trowel that doubles as a knife and a digging tool. I particularly like the fact that it's stainless, full tang, and has that handguard so that if I'm digging a planting hole and hit a rock I won't skid my hand down over the blade and do myself a mischief. It's supposed to be sharp enough to use as a grafting tool, too.
Full review to follow when it's arrived and I've put it thoroughly through its paces.
This was such an amazing lucky deal, y'all who missed out I am sorry. This knife is of excellent quality and worth much more. I give it ten out of ten acorns!
It is super good for digging chunks of rooty earth out precisely, and very good at teasing out volunteer plants that I don't need without damaging the ones close by that I want to keep. Mine is a polyculture that self seeds liberally. I am used to the angle of a sickle, so chop and drop with the hori hori isn't perfect yet with thick and woody stems. I like the physics of the pulling-and-slicing motion that comes with a sickle. Still, it got through rather thick and woody stems.
This is not the light tool I expect when I hear "Japanese + sharp blade" in kitchen knives and garden tools they seem to be lightweight sharp and thin, this one has a pleasant heft. This sharp knife is sturdy enough for digging and the handle has a solid feel and is still comfortable in my small hands.
It has a ruler on it that is wonderful to use as scale when I am taking photos of interesting outdoor phenomena. Today it was some mushrooms that came up in the garden, I often take photos of animal tracks in the snow or unidentified scat. That made me think that I will wear it hiking too, which made me think of how it would help in taking small cuttings of plants from the woods to transplant.
I have been wearing this knife around the farm on my belt for two days now and I will keep wearing it. I have used it for many tasks and my kids think it is so cool because it looks like a small sword, complete with hilt and scabbard. if this company made a sickle with carrying device I would wear that around the farm all day too! (maybe not hiking though...)
“Enough is as good as a feast"
Location: Southern New England, seaside, avg yearly rainfall 41.91 in, zone 6b
I fell in love with Truly Garden's Hori Hori Garden Knife the moment I saw a photo of one. This is exactly what I'd been looking for as my go-to tool to grab on the way to the garden. It's described as a garden knife, but it's basically a high quality, heavy duty, sharp, pointy garden trowel. So it can dig, plant, harvest and cut, all in one easy to carry hand tool.
The first thing I noticed when I unpacked it was the quality. I usually break garden trowels the first time I take them to the forest garden and expect them to do anything other than open up thoroughly loosened soil. This hori hori is different. The blade is really good thick, quality solid stainless steel, full tang with the steel extending all the way through the handle so the blade can't snap off the handle. The handle is hardwood, riveted to the steel. Plus there's a guard to stop your hand sliding down off the handle onto the blade when attempting to dig into rock hard ground, whcih I'm certain to do frequently. The whole thing just feels incredibly solid and sturdy, like it was designed to last a lifetime. It comes with a five year warranty, so I guess it was built to make sure they never have any sent back.
Let's take it for a walk around the garden to put it through its paces.
First, I stumbled on some ripe tangerines. It sliced through one like a pro!
Let's find something a bit tougher. That cabbage looks ready to pick, and I bet the stem is pretty thick.
Sliced though it like it was a piece of cake. I'm impressed!
While I'm here, I'll try it on some long grass that's running rampant and feed it to the chickens. It worked great for that, though if I was doing very much I'd probably use a sickle.
The old van is covered with lichen, which I love, but it's being taken away for scrap soon and I wanted to harvest some for experiments with natural dyeing. The hori-hori was absolutely perfect for this.
And now for a walk down to the forest garden to find some more exciting things.
It coped ok with trimming the smaller water sprouts off the olive trees, though again I think if I was planning on doing many I would take a machete or a pair of loppers with me. Olives might be tougher than most fruit trees though.
The soil in the forest garden is thin, hard and rocky, but the hori hori is perfect for digging up specimen plants for transplanting elsewhere. It would work just as well for digging out dandelions if you were so inclined, though I prefer to leave them to grow.
I'd taken some chestnuts with me to plant. This was a very fast and easy job with the hori hori, just push the blade into the soil, push it back to open up a hole, drop the chestnut in and pat the soil back into place.
I'm sure it would be perfect for truffle hunting too. Unfortunately this was as close as I got on this morning's ramble through the woods.
An unexpected use was to use to give scale to photographs of interesting stuff I stumble on and want to photograph. After all, not everyone carries a banana with them everywhere they go...
All in all, this garden knife lived up to all hopes and expectations and has become a permanent feature of my home, hanging on a belt by my door ready to grab any time I set foot outside to go somewhere interesting.
One last thing, in case you were wondering, it also makes a great camping knife...
Just wanted to chime in and say this is an excellent Hori Hori. Beautiful thick steel with sharp edges on each side, nice hardwood handle with soft edges for easy grip, and the leather sheath is thick and durable. The knife is extremely well balanced, and I can see this one being a tool for life for me. Patrick went out of his way with good communication to ensure I was to know when stock was replaced. Look no further if you've been shopping for a Hori Hori, this is it.
You know when you go out to garden, and you grab your favorite tool on the way? This. is. it.
Patrick has been so great to permies with this deal that if you've enjoyed your Hori Hori Knife from Truly Garden, please post your review at Amazon, too. I just did.
I think it's the best chop-and-drop tool ever. So awesome to saw or slice through growies that you want to become mulch. I love it!
Edited to add my acorn rating. I've been using this for about two years now. I couldn't decide at first whether to give it a 9 or a 10, but man, I just don't see a reason to give it less than 10. Because it's not pruners? That's just silly. Still chops and drops and digs like a champ.
I was given this same one for Christmas year before last and I absolutely adore it. By far the most used tool in my garden. It still looks amazing, too, and is still sharp, after all this time and use !!
I give this hori hori 10 out of 10 acorns. It's taken me a while to write my review because I've got little ones at home, and I don't want to accidently leave a giant, sharp, serrated shovel lying around...and I tend to forgetfully put down things that I'm using, and I didn't want to accidently leave this some where they could get it.
But, now that I've had a few chances to use it, I can say without a doubt that I love it. I used it to dig in the half-frozen ground, and it did great. It's very sharp and comes with it's own sharpening stone to keep both the smooth and serrated blades sharp. That serrated blade sure is sharp, too! It came in really handy when I was making a mallet and spoon for the roundwood woodworking PEP badge. It's a lot easier for me to handle than, say, a folding saw or even a pocket saw. It bites rather nicely into the wood. Due to being curved, it's not the best for cutting deeply, but I was using it to cut a centimeter or less to trace out areas on the spoon, and it worked fantastically for that.
I love that it is full-tang and that it shows how deep you're in the ground by inches. I can barely wait for planting season and being able to put this awesome thing to more use.
I wish I'd gotten more pictures while working with it, but here's it with the beginning of my mallet. I'll try to update this with more pictures as I take them!