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Please join me in welcoming Dre Oeschger, of Truly Garden and Loma Creek for a giveaway of four Hand Weeding Sickles!




This sickle is made by the creator of the Hori Hori garden knife and Rechargable Headlamp. It comes with it's own leather sheath and sharpening stone.

Read the review of the Hand Weeding Sickle here!

 


At the end of this week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a hand weeding sickle! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Gear forum are eligible to win.
 
To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want to win!"


When the four winners are selected, they will be announced in this thread and their email address will be sent to Truly Garden, and Truly Garden will sort out the delivery details with the winners.
 

Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the tool, but please say "Hi!" to Dre and make her feel welcome!
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I just got this question:

When it say "new posts", does that mean a reply to an old existing thread would qualify or does it mean "new threads"?  



It means new posts! You do not need to make a new thread (though that counts, too!)--you can reply to old ones and those replies count. Basically our giveaway ap searches for all posts made Monday through Friday in the Gear forum. It excludes posts here in the welcome thread, so those ones don't count, but it's always lovely to welcome the person doing the giveaway! And, we're super grateful for Dre Oeschger  and Patrick Freeburger of Truly Garden!

Truly Garden has done giveaways with us for a giant set of tools, their rechargable headlamp, and hori hori knife. They're seriously awesome!

The quality of posts DOES matter, so making a post that says "I want to win!" is going to have a much lower chance of winning than a post that is super helpful or a great question, etc.  
 
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Welcome, Dre

I am looking forward to many great posts about gear!
That Hand Weeding Sickle looks like a great tool, too.
 
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Welcome, Dre, and thank you for joining Permies!
 
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Hi Dre,
Thanks for coming to share your tools with us! I know I'm personally looking for some useful multi-tools for my backyard gardening, and have been specifically pining after a nice Hori Hori knife. How often would you recommend doing blade maintenance and sharpening?
 
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I'm new to all this and I haven't arrived at the lab yet but would love a sickle I've never used one it just looks wonderful and I do like to buy tools I haven't gotten there yet and so far I've collected five or six different tools to be able to do you work at the labs hard yard work gardening wood chopping that sort of thing peeling trees for the wood and a spackle for beekeeping.So I'm happy to say welcome Dre and thanks again for the offer of the tool I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of you at your store! The tools look interesting and unique especially because I'm new to this but again I thank you for the tool and thank you for having a garden store.as I said I'm sure we'll be seeing you!
Warm regards,
Martha
 
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Welcome Dre : )

Would this work well for harvesting grain? Looks like it would be very useful for weeding and green manure.
 
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Welcome and best of luck with your new product!
I use the Hori Hori knife and absolutely love it.  Nice to kinda "know" who created it!  
 
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I just wanted to gush about how amazing these tools are. I bought one on a recommendation on another gardening forum and it it’s the best muti-tool I’ve ever owned. Perfect for intimate chop and drop, the best tool I have for digging holes in my sod and clay loam soil to plant trees in the lawn, great for whacking off a head of broccoli to eat, it’s just good for everything. I keep it on me whenever I’m out in the yard. Even if I’m just going out to harvest some bush beans or mow the lawn, I always see small jobs to do on the way and this nifty tool always works. Shovel, knife, shears, hoe, it’s a really awesome all-in-one.
 
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Carolyne Castner wrote:Hi Dre,
Thanks for coming to share your tools with us! I know I'm personally looking for some useful multi-tools for my backyard gardening, and have been specifically pining after a nice Hori Hori knife. How often would you recommend doing blade maintenance and sharpening?



Hi Carolyne  Sharpening is as simple as when you notice it is  getting dull.  It really will depend upon your level of use.  You should make sure to wipe your hori hori clean before returning it to its sheath after each use, and at the end of the season make sure to oil your handle.  Patrick's wife did a nice video that shows you how to care for your hori hori:



There are more tool care videos on our website:  https://www.trulygarden.com/pages/care
 
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Kate Downham wrote:Welcome Dre : )

Would this work well for harvesting grain? Looks like it would be very useful for weeding and green manure.



The blade would be sharp enough to harvest grain, but it is more for hand hoeing through tough weeds.  
 
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S Greyzoll wrote:I just wanted to gush about how amazing these tools are. I bought one on a recommendation on another gardening forum and it it’s the best muti-tool I’ve ever owned. Perfect for intimate chop and drop, the best tool I have for digging holes in my sod and clay loam soil to plant trees in the lawn, great for whacking off a head of broccoli to eat, it’s just good for everything. I keep it on me whenever I’m out in the yard. Even if I’m just going out to harvest some bush beans or mow the lawn, I always see small jobs to do on the way and this nifty tool always works. Shovel, knife, shears, hoe, it’s a really awesome all-in-one.



This is great information for everyone!  Thank you  
 
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Thank you for all of the lovely welcomes, everyone!  I'm excited to see who wins the giveaway.

When the giveaway is over, if anyone would like to help us with the initial push of this product on Amazon, just let me know!
 
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S Greyzoll wrote:I just wanted to gush about how amazing these tools are. I bought one on a recommendation on another gardening forum and it it’s the best muti-tool I’ve ever owned. Perfect for intimate chop and drop, the best tool I have for digging holes in my sod and clay loam soil to plant trees in the lawn, great for whacking off a head of broccoli to eat, it’s just good for everything. I keep it on me whenever I’m out in the yard. Even if I’m just going out to harvest some bush beans or mow the lawn, I always see small jobs to do on the way and this nifty tool always works. Shovel, knife, shears, hoe, it’s a really awesome all-in-one.



I forgot my favorite use: lopping off burdock plants at ground level. They’re way too deep to pull, but this little guy chops through the tough stalks beautifully and is helping in the battle of the burdock.
 
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WOW! I was just out in a corner of the upper 40 and saw that I had a MASSIVE invasion of Sickle pod (Senna Obtusifolia) that must be dealt with before going to seed. Then I see a chance to win one of your hand weeding sickles...the PERFECT tool for the job. Please drop my name in the hat.
Bob Waur
Fingers crossed
 
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Hi Dre, we're glad you're here and welcome to Permies!
 
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At this time I do not own a weeding sickle, But I have always seen it to be a good essential tool for gardening. A hand sickle would be a great toll for gathering materials for a compost pile. with the shape of our economy these days and our nations supply line issues it may be well worth a purchase of one of these tools. Now I know where to get one !
 
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Bob Waur wrote:WOW! I was just out in a corner of the upper 40 and saw that I had a MASSIVE invasion of Sickle pod (Senna Obtusifolia) that must be dealt with before going to seed. Then I see a chance to win one of your hand weeding sickles...the PERFECT tool for the job. Please drop my name in the hat.
Bob Waur
Fingers crossed



Bob, posts in this thread don't count as entries, but any other posts in the Gear Forum do! Each new post counts as an entry, though more quality ones have higher chances to win.

Here's some ideas of things you could post to increase your chances of winning:

  • Join in some of the other Gear Forum threads,
  • Ask people questions about their gear
  • Make a new thread about your favorite gear
  • Make a new thread about your most hated gear.....or better yet:
  • Review something listed on our Gear Review thread (this usually gets you apples, too!)
  • Make a review thread about something not listed on our Gear Review Thread (Here's a tutorial on how to make a Review
  • Summary thread) (This usually gets you pie and apples!)
  • probably a bunch of other things I'm not thinking of--wander around the Gear Forum and see what interests you!
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    Welcome, Dre


    Your Hand Weeding Sickle looks like a great tool, too.
    Thanks
     
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    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! I'm just setting out with untamed land and will need such tools, will check out all the ones you sell! Thanks again.
     
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    Welcome DRE it looks like you have quality tools with great looking edges. I want to try out your tools
     
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    Hello!

    I'm new here as well, mostly have been lurking and reading for the past year or so. I have been reading The Resilient Farm and Homestead, and had been looking for a sickle to use for the bird vetch around my yard based on that book. Looks like a solid tool!
     
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    Welcome Dre! Someone mentioned this thing will go through Burdock - if anyone wants to come to my farm to practice that, you'd be welcomed also! How does it do on Himalayan Blackberry?
     
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    Hello Dre,
    I have never won anything here, but thought it would worth trying for one of your sickles! they look great and I have heard such good things about them. I need something efficient as I am an older adult with some shoulder arthritis. This seems perfect in that it works well and is easy to maintain. I need something that gets it the first cut! I would use it for chop and drop, as well as troublesome weeks that need a sharp whack!
    Thank you for entering me into your giveaway.
     
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    I look forward to winning this sickle. It seems to be very well made.
     
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    Welcome, and thank you for the possibility of winning a sickle. A certain luddite attitude means I love hand tools, and having planted small amounts of barley and oats this spring, I'm very interested.
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Welcome Dre Oeschger! Looks like an awesome garden tool and for all over the homestead.
     
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    Welcome to permies. :) This sickle looks fantastic!
     
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    Hello, welcome and thank y'all for doing this! Smart looking tools there!
     
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    Very nice! But is there a long-handled version?
     
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    What a beautiful tool! Sadly, my husband was hacking away with his sword a few weeks ago on our brand new homestead. He used to be a medieval reenactor. So then I bought him a weed whacker, but it broke. Now he's back to swinging a sword. Pathetic.

    Welcome Dre Oeschger of Truly Garden for a Hand Sickle giveaway!
     
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    Welcome!!  This looks like it would be an amazing tool to have on our soon to be 46 acre homestead!!
     
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    Welcome Dre!!
     
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    Wecome, so glad to be able to ask questions. I  see you answered my first question about using it to harvest grain and that no it is a hand tool. Which promts my next question, do you make one that is good for harvesting grain?
     
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    I love my Japanese weeding sickle....  I like using it because it keeps me in touch with my ancestry.  

    My dad had a long handled one that he used to cut our long stem hot house grown chrysanthemums for shipping.
     
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    Michael Wascher wrote:Very nice! But is there a long-handled version?


    My dad used a long handled sickle like that to harvest chrysanthemums at our commercial nursery.  It works best two handed though... He held the top of the mum with one hand and sickle with the other.  I just got the weed sickle and grass sickle this year, and I love them.  They both definitely work better two handed too.

     
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    Carmen Rose wrote:Thanks so much for offering this giveaway! I'm just setting out with untamed land and will need such tools, will check out all the ones you sell! Thanks again.



    Thank you Carmen!    We've put together a wiki here on permies that shows off our other products!  With everything going on, garden products have become high in demand and we are out of stock on a lot of items and low on everything else.  Everything should be back by September.
     
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    Thank you, Dre, I ordered a sickle today and if I win another one from this post I will give it to my daughter who likes what I am doing around my property.
     
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    Terry Beggs wrote:Thank you, Dre, I ordered a sickle today and if I win another one from this post I will give it to my daughter who likes what I am doing around my property.



    Thank you!
     
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