Have you ever wondered how the Japanese create such beautiful gardens? It’s all about skillfully using various scissors, hoes, rakes, and knives. Master Naturalist Mary Dyer describes these amazingly precise tools in her article regarding essential Japanese gardening tools. You will read about the hori hori knife and its uniquely shaped blade. She discusses hoes like the Ikagata hoe, and Nejiri Gama hand hoe, and describes how each has its own place in the cutting of sod or breaking up clods and weeding. Finally she tells us about the Ne-Kaki plant root rake, and the traditional Japanese Garden scissors.
- The hori hori knife has a serrated, steel blade, a bit concave, and useful for both planting and cutting in the garden.
- The cuttle-fish hoe is two-headed and good for weeding and cultivating with one hand.
- A set of Japanese gardening apparatus can include a variety of scissors, some of them very specific, like bonsai shears.
“Beautifully made and carefully crafted with great skill, traditional Japanese garden tools are practical, long-lasting tools for serious gardeners.”