This elegant weeder was first produced in the early 1900s, but manufacturing was abandoned when materials were diverted to the war effort during WWII.
A timeless tool, it works with a simple technique that is fast, easy and doesn't require any stooping. Simply center the claws over the head of the weed and step on the foot lever to push the claws into the ground. Tilting the handle levers out the weed without breaking the root near the surface.
Like most weeders, it works best after a rainfall when the soil is moist. Appropriate for deep-rooted weeds such as dandelions, as well as shallow, densely rooted weeds such as plantain.
With a cast steel head and lightly varnished bamboo handle, its total length is 43". The satisfaction of cleanly pulling an intact taproot makes weeding with this tool almost a pleasure.