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Yury Smirnov
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Presenting you amazing invention of a Russian gardener Vladislav Fokin: ploskorez, Fokin's cultivator or Fokin's hoe, Ploskorez Fokina ("ploskorez" means flat-cutter) - a simple and versatile hand tool to replace usual gardening tools like spade, hoe, rakes etc, simplifying 20 gardening operations and essential for no-till gardening. See details and video here: http://ecominded.net/news/fokin-s-ploskorez.html

 
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That's good! )))
 
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Yes, I know that for sure (see the picture) and the words in my post belong to sepp holzer.
 
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I do remember Sepp mentioning this. And I do remember it being called a fokin hoe - because the name is so fun.

Through interpretive dance, Sepp demonstrated this over and over again. Only I am pretty sure that he did not put it into the soil. Instead he kept the edge really sharp and would use it to cut unwanted plants on a hugelkultur. It sounded like he would go down a row rather quickly discouraging unwanted plants with this thing.

The picture showing him holding a tool... That looks like the thing that he would describe. His description would be to get the blade up to the plant that was no longer desired and to twist the handle, thus cutting the base of the undesired plant.
 
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Chop-n-drop, everybody!

Leave the soil alone, just keep moving and cut back what you don't like. I have a friend who is complaining about thistles in his sheep pasture. A tool like this could help with thistle. No, one cut-back wouldn't kill the plant, but it would keep it from going to seed, and eventually you'd kill the plant if only by being shaded out by its (unpruned) neighbors.
 
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The video may help you see the various applications of this tool:
 
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This tool looks like it would be very useful on my wood chip garden. Is this tool or something similar for sale in the US?
 
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You can get it from these folks: http://www.easydigging.com/ploskorez-gardening-hoe.html

They have a great assortment of tools for the non-motorized gardener.
 
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Larisa Walk wrote:You can get it from these folks: http://www.easydigging.com/ploskorez-gardening-hoe.html

They have a great assortment of tools for the non-motorized gardener.


Read this feedback: https://poopaculturezero.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/tale-of-the-fokin-hoe/comment-page-1/
It appears that the stainless steel ploskorez modification is not good actually - it is bent easily.
The old version is still much stronger and better.
 
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Similar to stainless steel kitchen knives, I guess... they don't rust, but they won't stay sharp.
 
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Some useful info in addition to the Ploskorez Fokina article http://ecominded.net/news/how-to-make-a-handle-for-ploskorez.html
 
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Julia Winter wrote:Chop-n-drop, everybody!

Leave the soil alone, just keep moving and cut back what you don't like. I have a friend who is complaining about thistles in his sheep pasture. A tool like this could help with thistle. No, one cut-back wouldn't kill the plant, but it would keep it from going to seed, and eventually you'd kill the plant if only by being shaded out by its (unpruned) neighbors.


hmm, "everything in its place, and a place for everything" i suppose. A lot of annual expect disturbance cycles, animals create them in praries. It all depends on what your doing, your bioregion, a lot of things.. i won't disagree however, 'tilling' tends to be excessive in the world.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I do remember Sepp mentioning this. And I do remember it being called a fokin hoe - because the name is so fun.


The innuendos abound.
 
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I just ordered the Russian one from ecominded.net (the link at the top of this page), after reading a review by Nathan Rutz at poopaculturezero. He says he tried both the stainless one and the regular carbon steel one, and the carbon steel hoe is much stronger. The stainless steel version bent very easily. The price for a set of two different sizes, without handles (you can easily make them with a tablesaw), was about $25 plus $23 shipping, in Canadian dollars. That's $24 each; US dollars it would only be about $20 each or less, if you buy the set of two.
 
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Seems to me they'd be easy and fun to make from a band out of a leaf spring (these are generally good for tools: a very strong and flexible steel alloy). Heat, bend, sharpen, temper, done! If you really wanna get fancy you could forge them out of leaf springs too.
 
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Comparison of different modifications of Russian flat-cutters (ploskorez Fokina)

 
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I just got my hoes from Yuri Smirnov a little while ago; I used a hockey stick for the handle. It works fantastic! Best hoe we have ever used. No regrets. We will probably buy more. Great for finest weeding, for grubbing out roots or rhizomes, for tillage and every task we've set it to so far.
 
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Looks like a giant mocotaugan, aka crooked knife, on a stick. Pretty neat design for a hoe. Though I am still more impressed with the Magna Grecia hoe design.
 
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Marvin Weber wrote:I just got my hoes from Yuri Smirnov a little while ago; I used a hockey stick for the handle. It works fantastic! Best hoe we have ever used. No regrets. We will probably buy more. Great for finest weeding, for grubbing out roots or rhizomes, for tillage and every task we've set it to so far.


Thank you, Marvin!
Do you mind to leave your feedback on Eco-Minded site: - http://ecominded.net/testimonials.html ?
 
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Thanks for your service, Yury. I have posted a review.

Devin, I was looking at these Magna Grecia hoes last week, and I think they look like a good tool for breaking up small plots of ground. I can't imagine weeding with one, though. Have you tried one?
 
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Marvin Weber wrote:Devin, I was looking at these Magna Grecia hoes last week, and I think they look like a good tool for breaking up small plots of ground. I can't imagine weeding with one, though. Have you tried one?


Yes I tried one a friend owns, and am planning to buy one for myself soon now I have land where I can put it to use. And yes they are more for breaking tough ground rather than weeding. Definitely the two tools are intended for different tasks and neither would replace the other.
 
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We now have a handle for ploskorez for sale on ecominded site - http://ecominded.net/heirloom-seeds/garden-tools/handle-for-ploskorez-detail.html
Offering it for people who have troubles finding or making a handle localy
 
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The video demonstrates how to use Russian flat-cutter (ploskorez):

 
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