Expert knowledge - Garden tools
Good garden tools are characterized by:
Only with sharp blades can you cut plants cleanly, and clean cuts heal quickly and protect the plants against diseases and pest infestation. Also for hoeing beds or mowing the lawn you need gardening tools with a bit of a bite.
Hand-forged hoes, sickles and garden shears made from carbon-steel feature not only extreme sharpness but also exceptional hardness, breaking strength and service life. Rediscover the pleasure of gardening with sharp tools!
It’s only with optimum handle lengths, blade lengths, materials and tooth patterns that gardening implements are a pleasure to use.
We only select garden tools that guarantee perfect handling. And we also put all our products through their paces with heavy-duty testing before we offer them to you.
Tools made of high-quality steels can be quickly and easily re-sharpened. Knives, axes, hoes and shears can be effortlessly returned to top condition using a Japanese waterstone or a diamond sharpener from DMT. We show you how it works (see Tip: sharpening).
The best tools are made to last – they should serve you for life.
Our most important criteria when choosing our garden tools are the quality of the materials and how they are made. The blades of Japanese sickles are today still forgewelded in a process developed by Samurai swordsmiths in the 7th century. This results in excellent hardness, breaking strength and lightness. Put your trust in our 30 years’ experience of Japanese garden tools! We also check our products regularly to make sure they contain no harmful substances, especially in synthetic tool handles.
As basic equipment, we recommend a DMT diamond combination sharpener (No. 705391) with fine and coarse grains, which has proven itself in mobile use. It is equally suited for use with knives, axes, hoes, and shears. Lay the tool on a solid support, moisten the blade with water, and guide the sharpener with uniform strokes - while maintaining the specified bevel angle - transversely to the cutting edge. Sharpen firstly with the coarse grain and then with the fine grain, until you no longer feel any burrs on the cutting edge.
Take the shears apart and sharpen only the blade facet on the bevelled side (front), and not on the concave backside!
Never sharpen the high-quality hardened tool on a bench grinder!
As the hardness and life are adversely affected by overheating! If you wish, you can call upon our professional sharpening service.