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Japanese Hori hori trowel knife

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A classic Japanese garden product which provides an essential multi-purpose tool for working all round the garden including weeding, cutting, planting and sawing (i.e. roots)

Personalisation service now available - get your name or initials on the handle or blade. A great present for gardeners!

Please note that on this product personalisation is available on the blade. However the inscription is on top of a black paint finish. With a lot of use the black paint may wear away over time meaning that the inscription may become less legible with use.

Handle: ergonomically crafted handle in wood 170mm.
Blade: sharp/serrated carbon steel blade 155mm x 40mm. Inch markings on blade assist accurate depth planting. Includes belt hung holster. Please note that the holster supplied with this product is not as robust as that of the Hori Hori DeluxeIf this is an essential reason for purchasing the product we would advise purchasing the more superior model.

***Important: All products sold by Japeto are for use as garden tools or for use in the garden. However some garden products including the Hori Hori Knife and Grafting knife could be classified as knives due to the fact they possess a blade. Japeto is not permitted to sell a knife or blade to any person under the age of 18. By placing an order for one of these items you are declaring that you are 18 years of age or over. These items must be used responsibly and appropriately***

Known also as a Hori-Hori knife or Japanese soil knife the Japeto Hori Hori Trowel knife is an essential and highly versatile garden tool. Used in Japanese gardens throughout history this traditional Japanese garden tool was named ‘Hori’ after its Japanese meaning ‘to dig’. According to many sources the Hori Hori knife was first introduced and used to carefully excavate plants such as Sansai in the Japanese mountains. So in essence this is a garden knife that digs, but what makes it so versatile a garden tool is it has many more functions than just that!
The carbon steel blade is very sharp on one side and serrated on the other making it the perfect garden hand tool for weeding, cutting roots, cutting twine, sod cutting and deadheading plants. The blade is also slightly curved which aids with digging and planting bulbs. Another function of the concave shape allows seeds to be carried and carefully dispensed when seeding. And on top of all that, unlike similar Japanese garden tools the Japeto Hori Hori Trowel knife also has a measuring device on the blade allowing for accurate depth planting!
Many people who use Hori Hori knives have found that their more conventional garden tool cousins such as the garden trowel and garden fork become redundant as the Hori Hori garden trowel knife is so multi functional.
The Japeto Hori Hori knife trowel comes complete with holster/ blade protector and good quality Japeto canvas garden bag meaning you can preserve your garden tool and extend its life.

Product Personalisation

Please note delivery time for personalised products is 5 working days although we will of course endeavour to deliver sooner

Handle (Initials only) (Max 3 characters) £6.95

Blade (Max 20 characters) £9.95

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Customer Reviews

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I absolutely love the Hori Hori Knife
Reviewed on 28/05/2020 by Lily Edwards, Manchester

I absolutely love the Hori Hori knife and so do my husband and my friend, who they were presents for! Thank you :)

Hori Hori knife makes a great present
Reply on 28/05/2020 by Japeto

These do make great presents for gardeners. They are packaged beautifully and can even be personalised!

Thank you for your kind words...happy gardening!

Should I be doing some sort of respectful ritual! :-)
Reviewed on 06/05/2020 by Stuart Curran, Abingdon

Hi just to let you know the deluxe hori hori arrived this morning. Very amazed with the current postal problems. very pleased with the hori hori brilliant tool 5 star plus. Brilliant packaging makes for an excellent gift for the gardener. Felt like i had to perform some sort of respectful ritual when opening the box Brilliant 

You raised a smile!
Reply on 06/05/2020 by Japeto

Thank you for such a lovely review Stuart. We certainly enjoyed it, and likewise hope you enjoy your Japeto Hori Hori knife for many years of happy gardening!

Very happy gardener
Reviewed on 30/04/2020 by John Saxton, Manchester

Very happy with my purchase and fast next day delivery will be ordering again happy gardener.

Many thanks for your review
Reply on 30/04/2020 by Japeto

Thats what we want...happy gardeners! :-)

Delightful Gift!
Reviewed on 14/01/2020 by Deirdre Hodgkison

I am delighted with my Hori Hori Trowel knife, it is a gift for a friend who is a very keen gardener. I am sure she will be delighted with it.

It was delivered very quickly and it is beautifully package. Thank you.

Thank you Deirdre
Reply on 14/01/2020 by Japeto

Such kind words Deirdre. 

It's such a lovely gift- we really hope your friend enjoys it! 

Beautiful tool.
Reviewed on 04/10/2019 by Y G Myles

Beautiful tool and so nicely presented. My husband was delighted with this gift and has already had good use from it.

Thank you for the review.
Reply on 04/10/2019 by Japeto

It's a pleasure. It's so nice to hear that not only yourself, but the recipient is just as happy with the tool too! 

Every gardener should have one!
Reviewed on 04/10/2019 by P Dickson

Genuinely delighted with this outstanding product and Japeto's extremely quick, kind and helpful customer service. The Hori Hori is one of the most useful garden tools I have ever come across. Every gardener should have one!

Thank you for the review.
Reply on 04/10/2019 by Japeto

Thank you for you for such a lovely review! We are very happy you are so pleased with it.

Really impressive!
Reviewed on 04/10/2019 by J Williams

This arrived amazingly quickly - really impressive, plus the tool itself was good, in beautiful packaging. Excellent.

Thank you for the review.
Reply on 04/10/2019 by Japeto

We pride ourselves on our high quality products and great customer service. Happy gardening!

Exceeded expectations!
Reviewed on 04/10/2019 by S A Gregory

Fast service, goods as expected, packaging exceeded expectations. Thanks!


Thank you for the review.
Reply on 04/10/2019 by Japeto

Thank you for your kind words. If in stock, all Japeto products are delivered next working day if ordered by 1pm latest.

A Company to deal with again!
Reviewed on 03/06/2019 by Robin Corbin

A company to deal with again!! I cannot fault you!!

Having used a hori hori knife before I ordered one for myself. I was disappointed to find that the popper on the holster broke first time it was used, however your customer service is second to none in that not only was a replacement offered but an upgrade to a better knife and holster was put in the post. I will certainly recommend you to others.

Thankyou very much, you have restored my faith in on line ordering.

Thank you Robin!
Reply on 03/06/2019 by Japeto

Thank you for such kind words Robin! We appreciate your review.

We pride ourselves highly on our products and our customer service too! 

I would give this a 5 star review!
Reviewed on 28/05/2019 by Jackie Campbell, Emsworth

Really useful tool for the garden. Unique design and very well made. 

Thank you for the review Jackie
Reply on 28/05/2019 by Japeto

So glad that you are happy with the product. It sounds like it's coming to great use. 

It's a 5!
Reviewed on 28/05/2019 by David Nicholds

Good for weeding in between closely grown plants, good narrow but long blade for getting those tap roots out. Very solid tool. Serrated edge is good for getting through smaller roots.

Thanks David
Reply on 28/05/2019 by Japeto

Thanks David, we are very happy to hear that you are making good use of the product! 

Best weeding tool ever!
Reviewed on 24/05/2019 by David Coleman, Aylesbury

Best weeding tool ever!

Thank you for your feedback
Reply on 24/05/2019 by Japeto

Thanks David - glad you enjoy your Hori Hori Knife!

I would definitely give it 5 stars!
Reviewed on 24/05/2019 by Tricia Gray, Guildford

I have been using the hori hori knife for over a year now. It is fantastic for sorts of gardening jobs and is unbelievably strong and robust. I would definitely give it 5 stars

Thanks for the kind words Tricia!
Reply on 24/05/2019 by Japeto

We are so pleased you like your Japeto Hori Hori knife!...we hope you get many more happy years gardening out of it :-)

Trowel knife: a beautifully made tool
Reviewed on 24/05/2019 by Phil Slater, Yarmouth

Trowel knife: a beautifully made tool, which my wife and I use for all sorts of task.
5 out of 5.

Trowel knife
Reply on 24/05/2019 by Japeto

Phil, many thanks for taking the time to send us a review. The trowel knife is one of Japetos most popular garden tools and we are very happy you and your wife enjoy using it so much...happy gardening!

Marvellous Product
Reviewed on 13/05/2019 by Sandra Paton

I bought the Hori Hori Trowel Knife and it is by far the best gardening tool I have ever used. I have arthritis in my hand and have been in my borders sorting out roots and dividing plants etc, no ill effects, marvellous. 

Thank you Sandra
Reply on 13/05/2019 by Japeto

Thank you Sandra, such kind words. We pride ourselves on our high quality products. We are so pleased that you're able to get out in garden and use this with no ill effects! 

I have always wanted a Hori Hori knife!
Reviewed on 30/11/2017 by Tony Gainsborough, Gainsborough Home and Garden

I have always wanted one of these! Very nicely weighted, nice handle on it. The hori hori knife goes into the soil a lot easier than a normal trowel as it is narrower and concave. Lovely sharp edge with a measuring device for planting too!

Thanks for your Hori Hori knife review
Reply on 30/11/2017 by Japeto

Thanks for the review Tony. Hope you enjoy using the Japeto Hori Hori knife.


Superb tool
Reviewed on 23/08/2017 by Thomas Glaister, Henley on Thames

I cannot emphasise just how good Hori Hori knives are. I have now totally done away with my normal trowel and use this for all manner of things. I have purchased other Hori Hori knives, but this one is great quality and has lasted very well. Thank you Japeto!

Thank you Mr Glaister
Reply on 23/08/2017 by Japeto

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Japeto Hori Hori knife. we agree it really is a versatile garden tool and we are very happy you are so pleased with it.