Tell us your Favorite Hand Tools: My absolute favorite garden tool.

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Tell us your Favorite Hand Tools

By dave
January 11, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite hand tools. Nominate your favorite tools this week, and soon afterwards we will have a special vote where the members will decide which are the ATP Favorite Hand Tools. This is going to be a fun activity.

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Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
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ZenMan
Jan 11, 2016 10:34 PM CST
Hello everyone,

If I were limited to having and using just one garden tool (perish the thought) this 7-inch Rogue field hoe from Prohoe Tools would be it.

http://www.amazon.com/Prohoe-Field-Hoes-blade-cotton/dp/B008...

But, don't take my word for it. Read the reviews at Amazon.

This tool is versatile. For tiny weeds just coming up, you can skim the surface and shave them off. I have never encountered a weed too big for this tool, including Lambs Quarters, Horse Tails, and Giant Ragweeds several feet taller than me. And, yes, 1-inch sapling trees can be chopped off at ground level in a single mighty stroke.

The blade is much thicker than most garden hoes, and has good metallurgy to take and keep a keen edge. I use a diamond sharpening stone to approach razor sharpness with mine. This hoe is available in handle lengths from 42 to 60 inches, in wood or fiberglass. When I purchased mine (many years ago) all they had was 60-inch wooden handles. I may purchase a spare with a fiberglass handle now that they are available. Prohoe also makes many garden tools in several styles. As time goes on I may collect a few, but this 7-inch field hoe is my hands-down favorite.

ZM
I tip my hat to you.
[Last edited by ZenMan - Jan 11, 2016 10:54 PM (+)]
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 12, 2016 6:23 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Make sure your nominate your tool in the right place. Smiling
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
Kansas 5b
Annuals Keeper of Poultry Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bee Lover Dragonflies Garden Photography
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
ZenMan
Jan 12, 2016 12:25 PM CST
I realized my error, and did nominate it in hopefully the right place. At least, there were a lot of other nominations there. Thank You!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 12, 2016 1:51 PM CST
I did the same thing ZenMan

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