Leonard Classic Stainless Steel Soil Knife

Leonard Classic Stainless Steel Soil Knife

Member tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club!

We introduced the original classic soil knife in January 2000, and it still remains a popular gardening and landscaping tool. We're flattered that others have tried to recreate it, but watch out for those cheaply-made imitators.

Only our quality-engineered, premium stainless steel soil knife is made in Maniago, Italy, well known in the industry as a knife-making capital where craftsmen have honed and passed on their hands-on expertise from generation to generation.

This 3-in-1 landscaping tool digs, cuts and saws; plus it excels at rock removal, weeding, planting, and cutting roots. The 6-inch stainless steel blade has a tapered slicing edge with mild serrations on one side. The one piece molded composite handle is designed with a wide guard. Blade is 1-3/4 inches wide and 11-3/4 inches long. Lifetime warranty.

  • Matte finish stainless steel
  • Shorter, milder serrations
  • Larger grip guard
  • Customer favorite for years
  • Lifetime warranty

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  • 6" x 1 3/4" blade
  • Overall length is 11 3/4"
  • Weighs .8 lbs. SHEATH IS NOT INCLUDED(Product Number 4750s)

Product Features

  • One serrated edge
  • One sharpened edge
  • Bright orange handle

Product Benefits

Use this tool to:
  • Dig weeds out of your flowerbeds and lawn
  • Scrape weeds out of cracks in your drive, walk, patio, etc.
  • Plant bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers
  • Dig tender bulbs and corms for winter storage
  • Plant annual flowers, herbs, perennials, vegetables, ornamental grasses
  • Use the curved blade to scrape backfill soil back into holes
  • Loosen matted mulch to improve water and fertilizer penetration
  • Loosen crusted and compacted soils
  • Cut sod to size during installation
  • Prep root bound container plants for replanting by slicing through the ball to open girdling roots
  • Chop the greens off your root vegetables
  • Saw through roots, then grab them out
  • Divide perennials and ornamental grasses
  • Dig a shallow furrow to direct-seed a row of vegetable seeds
  • Use as a trowel, transplanter or a dibble
  • Closely cultivate to plants
  • Mix your own potting mixes
  • Mix soil when adding amendments
  • Dig out stones, rocks and other debris
  • Harvest shallow rooted vegetables like onions and baby carrots
  • Incorporate granular fertilizer into the top layer of soil
  • Incorporate granular pre-emergent herbicides into the top layer of soil
  • Make pilot holes for bamboo, tomato cages, tree fertilizer stakes, identification stakes, reflective sticks, flags, survey stakes, garden torches, trellises, spike sprinklers, pH meters, and more
  • Dig out soil for underground irrigation sprinkler heads to repair and adjust
  • Clean mud out of cleats on boots
  • Cut a slot for short installations of landscape edging
  • Break up ice dams for better drainage
  • Use sideways to dig out those hard-to-reach leaves under shrubs
  • Use as a temporary stake to tie on string to lay straight rows in your garden
  • Cut a plug out of turf to check thatch levels, moisture content, and soil profile
  • Block a wheel on your cart or wheelbarrow when parked on a hill
  • Chop up lumps of soil
  • Dig out stepping stones and brick walkways for replacement or repair
  • Dig holes to add Terra-sorb to existing plants, inside and out
  • Make a trench to install soaker hose, then use sideways to backfill over the top
  • Secure one end of frost protection and other fabrics to the ground when you lay it out on a windy evening so you make a 2-person job a 1-person job


A.M. Leonard, Inc. warrants its tools identified as "Leonard Premium tools" to be free from material or workmanship defects for the life of the tool. A.M. Leonard, Inc. will replace or repair faulty tools at its sole discretion. Tools need to be sent postage prepaid to A.M. Leonard, Inc. 241 Fox Drive, Piqua, Ohio 45356. This warranty does not cover damage due to abuse, rust, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Changes in design, finish, material specifications, etc. may be made without notice and without implying any obligation or recourse upon A.M. Leonard, Inc.

Review Summary (Based on 32 Reviews)

Customer Reviews

5 Stars Best tool ever

from KY wrote :

A must have tool for anyone who likes to get dirty. From weeding to planting, this tool is perfect in every way. It is sturdy and fits perfectly in my hand. Don't waste your money on the hand rakes or shovels from the big box stores. This one is all you need!

5 Stars A must have!

from PA wrote :

I started landscaping as a job and we use these all the time in the flowerbeds. I liked them so much I bought one for myself! They are very sturdy and durable; clients tend to call them a dangerous weapon! ;)

4 Stars Stainless Steel Soil Knife

from KY wrote :

A neighbor introduced me to this product many years ago. I liked hers so well I asked her to order me seven of these tools, one for each of my six children and one for me. Over the years two of my children's knives snapped off at the handle, but these work so well that I reordered two more to replace theirs. The rest of the knives are well used and guarded like gold. I will replace them again if needed. I think they snapped off because they were not being used for what they were intended. Tree roots were the problem.

5 Stars Steel Soil Knife Just Works

from OK wrote :

Excellent garden tool on multiple levels from working in soil with rocks, heavy roots, or heavy clay.

5 Stars Solid and Simple

from CO wrote :

Really simple tool that does the trick. Mostly use it for weeding, but I also occasionally use it for transplanting and direct seeding bigger seeds.

5 Stars Soil Knife

from MI wrote :

Sturdy,dependable. I use it to divide plants and also to open a small hole for planting small plants.

5 Stars Leonard Soil Knife

from OH wrote :

I was devastated when I lost my first soil knife after over 10 years of use so I bought 2 more - one for my wife. Undoubtedly the most useful gardening tool I have ever used!

5 Stars Best hand tool in the tool box

from MI wrote :

Great handy tool

5 Stars Awesome.

from NE wrote :

If a hand shovel can be bent, cracked, or otherwise destroyed, I will do it. The AM Leonard soil knife is one of the highest quality tools I've ever owned. It's amazing. It's also well balanced, and great for throwing.

5 Stars The. Best. Tool. Ever!

from WA wrote :

I bought it to replace my hori hori because the handle was more durable, more comfortable and easier to find than the traditional wooden handle. It lives in my back pocket when I'm gardening.

5 Stars Love the Color

from KY wrote :

After purchasing one I ordered about a half dozen and gave to family and friends. Many, many uses for this tool but to me the important feature of it is the handle color. Can easily be found when using it cause not many other tools are orange in color as when working I will often stick it in the ground near-by and it will be very visible when I reach for it again.

4 Stars Great shovel, but Deluxe Knife is even better

from MI wrote :

This is a great hand shovel / knife and the only reason I gave it 4/5 instead of a 5/5 rating is because I have used the Deluxe Stainless Steel Soil Knife, and the serrated edge is much better on the Deluxe model. We own a landscaping company and plant over 3,000 flats of annuals a year in addition to using the shovels for monthly maintenance (weeding) and fall clean-up (cutting down perennials). We were having issues with shovels wearing down and breaking, and having to carry a separate knife to cut things down. Quality has never been an issue with these shovels (soil knifes) and have never broken one. Well worth the extra couple of dollars, because the quality is unbelievable. Only issue we have now with the shovels is when guys leave them at places, although the orange handle makes it easier to find. The serrated edge is good for most people, but definitely be careful that you don't cut yourself with it.

5 Stars Indispensable!

from OH wrote :

Love this tool! I use it for everything...digging, cutting edges, splitting roots for transplanting, .....you name it, it does it. It never wears out and is comfortable in my hand.

5 Stars does all it claims

from RI wrote :

I love my soil knife and have to keep it hidden from my husband, because he loves it too. It serves so many purposes in the veg garden: cutting string, harvesting asparagus, trimming plants, popping weeds out of the ground, cultivating close the stem....have been using it lately to plant bulbs--it's perfect for cutting a small hole at the correct depth by using the measurement marks on the knife, and it allows me to scatter the bulbs wherever I like so they can naturalize.

5 Stars U need this!

from WA wrote :

I have had three of these over the years....and they are the best all in one tool on your belt.....planting color, weeding beds, chopping and cutting roots, etc....well worth the money....

4 Stars Leonard Classic Soil Knife (#4750)

from IL wrote :

The Classic Soil Knife is great for general gardening and yard work. But this year, the weeds were tuff and our soil was dry and hard. I wish I would have purchased the "sharp" Leonard Soil Knife (#4752).

5 Stars The tool I'm never without

from MA wrote :

I've used this wonderful... not really fair to just call it a knife; I use it for so many things... weeder, planter, bag opener, and the ridges on the side make it a great edger. It is a great gift for gardening friends!

5 Stars Single best garden tool

from MI wrote :

My wife and I bought our first soil knife and leather sheath about ten years ago. We quickly found that we both wanted to use it so we bought a second one. We have a very large garden and also maintain a large butterfly garden we planted on city property at the entrance to our subdivision. We never go into the gardens without the soil knives sheathed on our belts so they are always available. They are indispensable for weeding and planting annuals and small perennials. I wear it when I mow the lawn so I can pop out the occasional weed when I spot it or scrape the errant straggler out of the sidewalk cracks. It opens plastic bags of mulch or soil with one easy swipe and is great for lifting, leveling and resetting my cantaloupe-sized border rocks. After 10 years of use, I broke the blade on my knife while prying at a stubborn root. I don't think I was using excessive force and know that I have used it for tougher jobs many times over the years, but it broke about a half inch from the handle.

5 Stars My all-time favorite garden tool.

from wrote :

I have been using one of the classic soil knives for years and I have always found it to be a perfect and indispensable tool. I recently bought three more for my students to use in our school garden and they are the first tools they grab for most garden jobs. I hope to purchase a few more this year so they don't have to fight over them. Quality wise...I still have the first Classic Soil Knife that I purchased over 8 years ago. They almost indestructible and the orange hand makes them easy to spot and less likely to be left at a job site (a big plus with students). This tool is well worth the cost!

5 Stars Great Tool!

from PA wrote :

Used it often this summer - edges are nice and sharp,

5 Stars Classic Soil Knife

from NC wrote :

This knife was given to me as a gift, and has been the best garden tool I have ever owned. I have since bought two more, because I don't ever want to be without it. Great for pulling weeds!!

5 Stars this soil knife is wonderful

from OH wrote :

I have purchased many of these knives! I have 3 myself, and have given many as gifts to family, friends, and speakers at my Master Gardener programs. I use the knife for many purposes: basic digging, dividing perennials, planting seedlings, and even hacking through poison ivy in the woods. I love the orange handle, I can always find it after laying it down somewhere in the garden. I own 3 and have them in 3 different sites in the garden. That way I always have one close at hand. This tool replaced a trowel, hoe, garden row marker, bulb planter, and hand rake. Now I only need my soil knife!

4 Stars Strong and multi-purpose

from CO wrote :

This gardening knife has been one of the most important garden tools for my volunteers and myself. The strong blade works well in the clay soil we have for both planting and weeding. And we especially like the bright orange handle, which makes it more difficult to lose!

5 Stars Once used, can't live without it

from ME wrote :

A friend let me borrow hers for weeding and I bought 2 for myself and 2 for gifts. The most used and useful tool that I own.

5 Stars can't live without it

from CO wrote :

The AM Leonard Soil Knife is wonderful. I can't imagine working without it. Not only is it super useful for weeding, planting, and cutting open bags, it also looks cool too!

5 Stars best weeder

from WI wrote :

We have a nursery with acres of plants in display gardens and in the field, which means acres of weeding. We have 3 soil knives for 5 of us and we all go for the soil knives when we're weeding. Best weeder ever. Thanks AM Leonard.

5 Stars Best Trowel Available

from CA wrote :

Started using these trowels about twenty years ago when teaching Horticulture at an L.A. high school. Never had one bend, break, or lose it's edge. Still use them on my own acreage now that I'm retired. Excellent, reliable tool.

5 Stars

from WV wrote :

The best yard tool around. I have 2 and have gotten several others for friends. Everyone loves it. One friend told me she was mad at me for never telling her about the best tool ever until now. Every gardner needs this tool. You will never go without it again!!!!

5 Stars E-mail Request

from FL wrote :

Main thing I like is the bump on the handle so your hand does not slip to the knife.

5 Stars Owned since 2000

from WV wrote :

This is the finest soil knife I have ever owned. Love this one w/o the notch cord cutter.

5 Stars Indispensable

from FL wrote :

I care for 2 very large gardens in a public botanical garden and carry the classic soil knife at all times as it has made my weeding chores much more pleasant. The finish shows no corrosion after several years' use, and the mild serrations are enough to cut through some roots but not through skin (unlike the newer 4752, which has become corroded and has cut me). This tool seems indestructible.

5 Stars Simply the BEST gardening hand tool available!

from IN wrote :

I received a soil knife about 8-9 years ago as gift from my mother-in-law who was active in her local garden club. Her gardener recommended the soil knife to her. It is simply marvelous! I have purchased a second knife for my husband. We use them constantly in our large landscaped yard. I have used them extensively for years as a gardener for several businesses and homeowners. I am purchasing 2 today as gifts. Everyone who gardens with me wants one! This is the one tool that every gardener of every age should use! Thanks so much for a terrific product!

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