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Patrick Freeburger
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Fellow Permies,

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.


You can check out the tool here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016BBM6FI?keywords=hori%20hori%20knife&qid=1449817759&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

Also, Burra Maluca will be posting about it here: http://www.permies.com/forums/posts/list/51813#418326

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, fellow Permies!

Patrick
 
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I'm really looking forward to mine!

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.
 
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I'm in
 
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There was a question about international shipping (outside the US).

Here is a link to Amazon International Shipping Rates:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201118710
The knife weighs 1.2 lbs (but they round up to 2lbs)

Here are some approximate rates:
Europe $9
Canada $9
Latin America $7
Australia $11

Note: I tried shipping a knife from Amazon last week and it told me international shipping was temporarily suspended (my guess is til Christmas), but you are welcome to try. Worst case you should be able to get after 12/25.

Thank you to everyone for the great response so far. I will start sending out codes. Please keep the emails coming.

Regards,
Patrick
 
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I messed up your email address the first time, but now I've sent you an email.

This is lovely, because I was already thinking about buying this sort of tool. I had a cheaper one, with a fabric holder that I used all the time, but I've lost it.
 
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Oh and you've got 30 reviews on Amazon right now, every single one a 5 star review!

I'm not sure why you feel you need even more, but I'm happy to help.
 
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After much research and arguing with an Amazon Rep I've determined I cannot ship international (outside the US). Amazon will approve my product for export if and when they feel like it and there is nothing I can do to improve the time line or even know when it will happen. If anyone outside the US is interested please email me your name, email, and country and I will offer a special promotion for you when I'm eligible to export in Amazon or set up a different export method.

To answer Julia's question, the top product in my category has over 500 reviews, another has over 200. I want at least 100 good reviews ASAP for soctal proof. 500 reviews doesn't mean the product is better (it's not), just that it's been on Amazon a lot longer.

Thank you to everyone that has ordered a garden knife so far. When you get it, please post a quick comment here verifying this is a real deal. I still have more coupon codes for anyone with a US address.

Thanks,
Patrick
Patrick AT TrulyGarden.com
 
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Is that legal to own? I don't think double edged blades can be had in texas
 
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I received my Garden Knife and I like it so far. I am going to carry it for a few days and beat on it to see how it does then I will leave a review. Thanks and great price.
 
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me too please
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Patrick Freeburger wrote:......
- 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.
......
Patrick


I can't buy at Amazon, I don't have (don't want) a credit card. Can I buy the HoriHori Knife in another way? B.t.w. I live in the Netherlands. And I have a blog and like writing about positive things ...
 
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Super excited to get this it looks awesome!

Pro tip:
If anyone wants free shipping and doesnt have prime you can get a 30 day trial of it. If you already used up your trial just make a new account with a different email and you can keep getting 30 day trials. Free two day shipping for life. Just dont forget to cancel it before 30 days or you will be charged for one year automatically.
 
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We own a cheaply made hori hori, and it is the most used garden tool around here. It's great for harvesting, transplanting, planting bulbs, loosening soil, and much more. If you're on the fence about purchasing one, I highly recommend this awesome deal. The tool looks very well made and much sharper than ours. But whatever you do, don't buy a cheap one, as it will not last as long or function as well as a well made tool. If there are any deals left by January, I'd be happy to get in on this.
 
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Patrick Freeburger wrote:After much research and arguing with an Amazon Rep I've determined I cannot ship international (outside the US). Amazon will approve my product for export if and when they feel like it and there is nothing I can do to improve the time line or even know when it will happen. If anyone outside the US is interested please email me your name, email, and country and I will offer a special promotion for you when I'm eligible to export in Amazon or set up a different export method.

To answer Julia's question, the top product in my category has over 500 reviews, another has over 200. I want at least 100 good reviews ASAP for soctal proof. 500 reviews doesn't mean the product is better (it's not), just that it's been on Amazon a lot longer.

Thank you to everyone that has ordered a garden knife so far. When you get it, please post a quick comment here verifying this is a real deal. I still have more coupon codes for anyone with a US address.

Thanks,
Patrick
Patrick AT TrulyGarden.com


Is it possible for me to buy one and have it sent to you then posted on to me in the UK?
 
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Definitely in! (If they're still available!)

Looks good and this mid 50's weather means I can test it out for a bit still!
 
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Hi folks, just a reminder of what Patrick originally said about how to go about getting this knife at a discount, which involves emailing him directly. He wrote about it here:

Patrick Freeburger wrote:
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)

 
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In reference to double edged blades being illegal in Texas. Yes it is illegal to own a double edged knife in Texas and like my double edged letter opener it is up to your District Attorney as to whether it is a letter opener, or garden tool with the Hori Hori. It is legal to buy double edged knifes but illegal to own a double edged knife in Texas. Catch 22. I requested the coupon so I can order my "garden tool".
 
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My hori hori knife is here! It's sharp and I love the sheath, which my delighted five year old twin boys are calling a scabbard. I will try it out and write a review.

My all time favorite tool has been a cheap Japanese rice sickle. Sharp, light, and perfect for chop and drop. The trouble I had with it was that I had no easy way to carry it so I eventually ended up putting it down and forgetting it and it got damaged. I bought it again, after a while same thing. I put it in places safe from the children- and from myself! A sheath is essential for a person like me.
 
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The power of Cassie! Only a few people found the post until Cassie's comment on the Daily-ish email. I've gotten swamped with emails over the last day. Thank You, Cassie! I've gotten all the names I can use, so I need to stop this promotion for now. I have another shipment coming in January and I will give out some more codes - sorry if that screws up your Christmas gift plans.

Also, if you are from outside the US, especially Canada, send me an email (Patrick AT TrulyGarden.com) with your country in the subject line. I will contact you with a promotion when I am set up to sell in your country.

Thank you to all the Permies out there, I look forward to your reviews. For those with codes I would appreciate if you email me a copy of the Amazon Product Review you posted. That way I will know to give Permies credit for it.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Regards,

Patrick
 
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Matu Collins wrote:My all time favorite tool has been a cheap Japanese rice sickle. Sharp, light, and perfect for chop and drop. The trouble I had with it was that I had no easy way to carry it so I eventually ended up putting it down and forgetting it and it got damaged. I bought it again, after a while same thing. I put it in places safe from the children- and from myself! A sheath is essential for a person like me.

I saw it in a video how that lady carried a very small sickle in her hand all the time: the wooden handle in the palm of her hand with the sharp part upwards towards her wrist (I was afraid sometimes she'ld hurt herself but she didn't) and then she sat down next to some comfrey and told about the 'chop and drop' and then she showed how she used the sickle! Then she went on showing her garden, always with the small sickle in her hand.
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:
Matu Collins wrote:My all time favorite tool has been a cheap Japanese rice sickle. Sharp, light, and perfect for chop and drop. The trouble I had with it was that I had no easy way to carry it so I eventually ended up putting it down and forgetting it and it got damaged. I bought it again, after a while same thing. I put it in places safe from the children- and from myself! A sheath is essential for a person like me.

I saw it in a video how that lady carried a very small sickle in her hand all the time: the wooden handle in the palm of her hand with the sharp part upwards towards her wrist (I was afraid sometimes she'ld hurt herself but she didn't) and then she sat down next to some comfrey and told about the 'chop and drop' and then she showed how she used the sickle! Then she went on showing her garden, always with the small sickle in her hand.

This is what I do all the time, go around with a sickle in my hand. Those Japanese rice sickles were great while they lasted but were too flimsy for the long run. I have since gotten two rounded sickles (the kind on the Soviet flag) at yardsales. I felt bad for the folks who sold them to me for so cheap, both places were using stinky expensive short lived weed whackers now to do the work of the long lived quiet simple sickle.

The trouble withe the sickle-in-hand method is that sometimes I want to use BOTH of my hands!
 
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Mine is ordered cannot wait to try it out . Thank you so much
 
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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.

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...)

Thank you!


 
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I can tell this knife is going to show up in my instagram account @matumama #wildlifedetective
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mushrooms in the woodchip path next to a two year old hugelkultur bed. I can't tell if they are the same variety.
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Sweet Annie (artemesia annua) seedlings on another hugel. so tiny!
 
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Patrick Freeburger wrote:Fellow Permies,

I am looking for 50 Permies to help me promote my Hori Hori Garden Knife. ............
Patrick


Are these out?
I did send my email for the code as prescribed a couple of day ago.
Heard nothing back.
 
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Patrick Freeburger wrote:Fellow Permies,

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.


You can check out the tool here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016BBM6FI?keywords=hori%20hori%20knife&qid=1449817759&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

Also, Burra Maluca will be posting about it here: http://www.permies.com/forums/posts/list/51813#418326

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, fellow Permies!

Patrick
I would love to have one of these knives, I tried to buy one direct from Amazon.com and they told me that they can't deliver it to Portugal!Any one got any suggestions how I can buy one?
 
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Even though this special permies review deal is over, the price is still half off right now. I just bought one for a last minute xmas gift.
 
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My garden knife came , will try it tomorrow I am very impressed. realy feels well made , nice heft, very sturdy sheath and agreat edge . Love the markings
Thank you
 
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Hello Patrick,
Are you still looking for someone for goat farming?
 
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Finally, after an epic battle with the Portuguese customs and weapon controls, it's here!



Beautiful piece of kit, really solid and sturdy, I think even I couldn't break this one. I'm off to put it though its paces. I may be some time...
 
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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...

 
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Burra Maluca wrote:Finally, after an epic battle with the Portuguese customs and weapon controls, it's here!



Beautiful piece of kit, really solid and sturdy, I think even I couldn't break this one. I'm off to put it though its paces. I may be some time...

I tired to buy one of these and they say they can't deliver to Portugal, how did you do it?
 
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John Copinger wrote:I tired to buy one of these and they say they can't deliver to Portugal, how did you do it?


He made a special exception for me. Be warned, I ended up doing battle with customs and the police for nearly three months and paying nearly €40 in fees. It might not be so bad now they know that it's really a garden tool though. I had a problem because none of the photos I could find showed the concavity of the blade. I made sure to take one with potting compost in the 'scoop' to show that it really is for digging and shoveling stuff.

If you do get one sent, be sure to have proof of purchase and value, photo ID, fiscal number, and a great long form to fill in about why you need it. And fill it all in promptly because after thirty days they start charging you for storage. It was such a farce it was actually funny. In hindsight, I don't regret a moment, or a cent, but I think it only fair to warn you in advance what's likely to happen.
 
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Burra Maluca wrote:
John Copinger wrote:I tired to buy one of these and they say they can't deliver to Portugal, how did you do it?


He made a special exception for me. Be warned, I ended up doing battle with customs and the police for nearly three months and paying nearly €40 in fees. It might not be so bad now they know that it's really a garden tool though. I had a problem because none of the photos I could find showed the concavity of the blade. I made sure to take one with potting compost in the 'scoop' to show that it really is for digging and shoveling stuff.

If you do get one sent, be sure to have proof of purchase and value, photo ID, fiscal number, and a great long form to fill in about why you need it. And fill it all in promptly because after thirty days they start charging you for storage. It was such a farce it was actually funny. In hindsight, I don't regret a moment, or a cent, but I think it only fair to warn you in advance what's likely to happen.

Many thanks Burra for the info. I allready have difficulty receiving things ordered on the the internet, they can.t find my quinta!
 
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http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=10504&cat=2,44663,71827
In Canada Lee valley carries it too. I wonder if your 50% off still applies at Amazon?
My problem would also be customs and duty. It is quite expensive here. At the 50% discount it seems I wouldn't be able to live without it!
 
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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.

Canadians, we can now purchase this on amazon.ca.

Thanks Patrick!!
 
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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!

Thanks Patrick!
 
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Very late to the party I know, but is this offer still open?
 
Bring me the box labeled "thinking cap" ... and then read this tiny ad:
Ernie and Erica Wisner's Rocket Mass Heater Everything Combo
https://permies.com/t/40993/digital-market/digital-market/Ernie-Erica-Wisner-Rocket-Mass
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