When I first started wildcrafting herbs and medicinal plants, I noticed most herbalists had a kind of flat knife hooked to their belts to make gathering, chopping, and digging easier; they also looked really cool wearing them, in a hunter-gatherish way. After those first few wildcrafting trips I learned why such a tool was almost necessary. Since I’m not known for my gardening prowess, I wasn’t familiar with the all-in-one gardening tool, also known as the hori hori. But I have one now and I won’t be parting with it. A company called The Happy Gardener sells the model I’ve been using, a sturdy little number with a 6″ blade made of Swedish steel.
I was going to test my THG All-in-One knife while on my recent camping trip, but as you may know, it rained. Kind of put the plant excursions on hold. But I’ve used the tool numerous times while hunting for yarrow, mullein, and a few other goodies since then, and it’s quickly become my indispensable friend.
The blade has a slight curve for digging, so no need to pack a trowel. One side of the blade is serrated, making getting through small branches and hacking through stubborn roots is pretty simple. And the other side of the blade is smooth and sharper than I gave it credit! The first time out with the tool, I was using the sharp edge to get through some tough plant stems and sliced open the back of my thumb. (Fortunately I was harvesting yarrow when it happened, so I chewed up some of the leaf and stuck it to the wound which was completely closed by the time I was done on that little expedition!) I quickly learned to respect the knife.
Since the blade is pretty sharp, I’d highly recommend getting the sheath that THG sells as well. Unfortunately the all-in-one doesn’t come with the sheath; sold separately. But it would be well worth the investment. I’ve temporarily put mine in a makeshift cardboard sheath so the blade doesn’t work its way through the herb bag I use for gathering. This is definitely a tool I won’t let escape that easily!
Want to win your own All-in-One Knife from The Happy Gardener? ($34 retail) They’re giving one away to a lucky dkMommy Spot reader! Make sure to get in a good visit to the site because there’s lots of interesting items for the organic gardener. And if you make a purchase, be sure to mention Sue Fogleman or dkMommy Spot.
*** Read the rules carefully – there’s an added entry option!
Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:
1.) Just visit The Happy Gardener and tell me what other items you like there. (***You may enter once a day, but please list a new item you like each time.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.
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Feel free to do all four to gather multiple entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, August 17, 2009, to enter.