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  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 1,960
    I've got the Niwaki knife and have been a bit like you @Uff, not quite sure that it's any more useful than other tools I have.  One of the best uses I have found is to use it to get pot bound plants out of their pots, inserting it at intervals around the pot edge.  Works a treat!  I do think that a serrated edge would make it more useful to cut roots and compost bags, but I use an old pair of secateurs for that.  Plus, I've lost it several times underground and in the recycling bin - paint or stain the handle red and don't put it in your trug or bucket when weeding!  I agree, it does look lethal!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,250
    mine has replaced both a hand fork and trowel.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 7,755
    LG_ said:
    You have the Japeto don't you, @KT53 ?

    I think I might go for that one for my sister, even though I couldn't be happier with my Niwaki. Just wondering also if either one is better for small, arthritic hands?

    Yes I do @LG.  I can't comment on which might be better for small arthritic hands.  It does have quite a bulky handle.
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 534
    chicky said:
    Love mine (Niwaki)…..I promise, you’ll never look back.  All my other hand tools have gone into retirement.

    I volunteer at a well known garden open to the public ……it was they who introduced me to the wonders of a Hori Hori…… is their go to tool for everything 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    Mine is a Niwaki. Brilliant tool.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063
    I've ordered the Japeto, but the basic one rather than the deluxe. Ordered a holster separately. She loves a gadget so hopefully it'll go down well 🤞
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • I asked for the Japeto Hori Hori for my birthday after seeing it mentioned on the forum,  it's now one of my favourite garden tools along with the Japeto gardening snips.
    I'm now waiting for their shears to come back in stock  hopefully before my next birthday      .....hint hint to OH
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I used my Niwaki this morning to dig some parsnips up and promptly cut one in half, user error  :D When it stops raining I'll try it with weeds.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 641
    I love my Hori Horis. (Completely unnecessarily, I have three of them (lost one, replaced, found original, then husband bought me one, not sure why). They are all Japanese with proper rivetted handles, and one is a Nawaki. All good.) They are brilliant for getting stubborn plants out (such as cranesbill) out of the ground. But I have rubbish, soil. (I am working on it...) If you have lovely friable soil you may not see the benefit. 
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,129
    I like my Niwaki hori hori very much but did think it would be a bit sturdier as it started to bend when I was levering something out of the ground. If you have resistant soil and tough roots this trowel from the de Wit Well Done range will not shirk. Unfortunately sourcing it in the UK is difficult
    Rutland, England
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    That's what I call a sensible trowel @BenCotto Where did you buy it from please?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
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