Gardening Knives

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Project by RusticJohn posted 09-09-2013 11:03 PM 1135 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 11:31 PM

Great job. I would love to make a knife. Does the blade go full length of handle.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 02:16 AM

No the tang is actually quite short. Just a bit longer than the second dowel. I would prefer a longer tang but the hedge clipper blades curve too much to allow this without a lot of blacksmithsing. The dowels make up for this deficiency by providing added retention on the tang.

-- RusticJohn

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 09:01 AM

Nice set of knives…. Should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 10:09 PM

Thank you for the comments. They are not pretty knives but I reason they will have a tough life digging into dirt and stone and being left to rust by their owners. Fancy would just not work for these types of tool. Incidental the tolal cost of making the four was about $5.

-- RusticJohn

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 02:10 PM

That’s great making own tools They are very useful for the garden. Like the proportions and the handle. Well done!

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