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Niwaki Hori Hori & Sheath

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Japanese trowel, all-round weeder, bulb-planter extraordinaire, and general subterranean rummager. The carbon steel blade runs right into the handle, so it’s tough and strong. Brilliant for planting bulbs, weeding and all sorts of garden stuff - but whatever you do, don’t take it as carry on luggage and remember: strong as it is, it’s not indestructible. Comes with a tough canvas sheath, or upgrade to the heavy duty Long Holster option for a perfect fit.

  • Hori Hori:
    • 300g
    • 167mm blades
    • Carbon Steel
    • Beech handles
    • Made in Japan
  • Sheath:
    • 73g
    • 285 x 75 x 25mm
    • 16oz Canvas
    • Made in China

These Hori Horis, like many garden tools, are made from carbon steel - this means they may, through regular use, stain (and eventually rust) and gradually lose their edge. Caring for them involves three things…

1. Correct Use:

  • Japanese steel is hard and sharp, and can be more brittle than some people are used to - it will chip if abused
  • Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material (even bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially knots and burrs, can damage steel edges)
  • Do not twist or apply uneven pressure
  • Cut diagonally across branches (not straight across) so you cut along the fibres
  • Pay attention to our maximum cut dimensions, and don’t overdo it (shears are not loppers)
  • Use the base of the blades, not the tips, for heavier cuts

2. Keeping Them Clean:

  • Remove leaf resin, rust and gunk with a Crean Mate or wire wool and water
  • Dry, wipe over with Camellia oil and store in a dry place

3. Keeping Them Sharp:

  • New tools won’t need sharpening for some time, but after a while you’ll notice them gradually lose their edge, especially if you’re box clipping (you need REALLY sharp blades to get a good finish with box). Use the Niwaki Sharpening Stones for best results (#1000 grit is best for general sharpening).
  • Sharpen Secateurs every couple of weeks
  • Sharpen Shears and Topiary Clippers EVERY TIME you use them - the difference is amazing

If your order includes knives/blades or other age restricted (18+) products, then your order will be sent by Royal Mail Age Verified service - the parcel can only be signed for by someone over the age of 18. Royal Mail operate a challenge 25 policy. If there is no one of legal age to accept the delivery then Royal Mail will hold the item at the local Customer Service Point, pending collection or further delivery request from the recipient. To further fulfil our legal and moral obligation to ensure bladed items don't end up in the hands we use the AgeChecked service from Blubolt which validates the name and address of the purchaser against public records to ensure that the customer is over 18. If this check fails, we will contact you further to verify your age. For more information please visit our page on Knife Law and Age Verified Deliveries