For three generations, a small family in the Netherlands has been hand-forging professional-grade garden tools. The product of a proud heritage, each tool is shaped, polished and sharpened by hand, drawing from thoughtful family designs that range from traditional standbys to clever innovations. These tough, high-quality tools are forged from stainless steel and have ash or beech handles; both hardwoods are of excellent strength and durability when exposed to the elements. The natural, unfinished wood handles offer better grip than lacquered handles and will absorb sweat from the hand.
Most manufacturers try to make tools that do all things for all people. Not so with these — designed for specific purposes, each is an excellent tool for its intended use.
A. The transplant trowel is a workhorse. With well-sharpened edges and tip, it takes most of the work out of cutting through roots while penetrating soil. The blade is 6" long and 3-3/4" at its widest, with a relatively shallow bowl compared to most trowels, so it cuts into the soil easily. The blade is also quite broad, so you can move a good volume of soil quickly. 12" overall, it is a quality staple for any gardener. Beech handle.
B. The potting trowel has a curved blade for scooping and depositing soil from the side instead of from the end, making it easy on the wrist. The unique shape also reduces spilling. A sharply angled tip easily carves out a spot in the soil, and the 2-1/4" wide blade with sloped sides works neatly around the walls of even the smallest pots. Measuring 10-1/2" overall, it is available in right- and left-handed versions. Beech handle.
C. The traditional Dutch weeding fork has sharp tips and wide, flat tines that support the base of the weed, preventing it from breaking the root before it has been fully removed. Beech handle. 10-1/2" overall.
D. The dibber (also referred to as the dibble or dibbler) does one thing very well: piercing holes in the soil. Designed to quickly plunge to the desired depth and width, it is useful when planting multiple seeds and bulbs. The finely sharpened tip makes this an extremely effective dibber, and the steam-bent ash handle offers a comfortable grip when working from a kneeling or seated position. It has a 5" head and an overall curved length of 16".
E. Cultivator tines with blunt ends make it difficult to penetrate the soil. The tines on this cultivator are extremely sharp, so the tool does the work instead of your arm and wrist. Set to the proper angle for work from a kneeling or seated position, it is an effective tool that doesn't leave the hand fatigued. Beech handle. 11" overall.
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