Eco-Minded Club presents amazing invention of a Russian gardener Vladimir Fokin (Russian Federation patent #2040133): ploskorez, Russian flat-cutter, cultivator Fokina or Fokin hoe, as Sepp Holzer calls it, Ploskorez Fokina ("ploskorez" means flat-cutter) - a simple and versatile permaculture tool to replace usual gardening tools like spade, hoe, rakes etc, simplifying 20 gardening operations and essential for no-till gardening.
Standard Ploskorez Fokina consists of a steel plate bent in 4 different directions at specific angles (see the picture) and a long wooden flat handle. Three of the cutting surfaces of the plate are sharpened. The blades of the cutting part of the ploskorez must always be sharpened to reduce the resistance of the soil and cutting plants.
Organic gardening and Permaculture enthusiasts using the tool have reported significant labor savings and increased yields from no-till plantings.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I give this Fokin ploskorez hoe 9.5 out of 10 acorns.
ron bigelow wrote:This does seem like a pretty effective, multi-use tool, and I am shamelessly posting here in the hopes that I will be one of the lucky winners!
Gail Vance wrote:Being a rabid gardener with various handicaps, I am always on the lookout for a tool that: 1. I can use, as my muscles are rather weak 2. doesn't require an odd stance to accomplish its task 3. is not too heavy 4. doesn't cost a small fortune.
This Fokin looks like I have some control over the weight by the choice of handle, since it is sharp on all sides, I can swing in whatever direction happens to be working that day...Hooray!
Now, if I don't win one, how expensive are they?
I'm on a fixed disability income of >$700 usd a month. I have been using a Collinear Hoe with 7" Replaceable Blade for over 15 years or more and am on my 4th blade. This is the hoe that Eliot Coleman recommended.When I bought it it was $40 or so, that was almost 20 years ago + four blades @ $18 each = about $6 a year. Not bad, but it doesn't have the oomph that the Fokin looks like
it has. One good whack against a rock and the collinear blade is never the same. If you are not familiar with the collinear, look at Johnny's seeds. Collinear hoe
Anyone else use a collinear and can compare it to a Fokin?
Eleanor Froelich wrote:This looks lovely. Would it work on brambles?
Trace Oswald wrote:I read somewhere that it is carbon steel. I would assume it would have to be sharpened sooner or later, but that is based on experience with other carbon steel tools.