|Project by RusticJohn||posted 09-09-2013 11:03 PM||1145 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
I have long admired the use of the Japanese Bonsai Knife as a gardening tool. As far as I am aware they are not available in this country so I decided to make my own to meet my own needs. Mine are a cross between a wide knife and a narrow spade and are used for general weeding, tilling the soil and digging holes for small plants. The blades are about 8 inches long and about 2 1/2 inches wide. They certainly make fast work of weeding.
The steel is from recycled hedge clippers obtained from our local Trash Place, a recycling shop at the tip. Its relatively soft and a bit of a funny shape but quite adequate for gardening. The blades are sharpened with a file. Good enough for pushing through dirt and cutting roots. They will probably need resharpening frequently but this is only a 5 minute job.