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Overall Rating: 5/5
Vicky avid gardener.
Best tool ever
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!
A must have!
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! ;)
An old gardner who still gets out there.
Stainless Steel Soil Knife
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.
Steel Soil Knife Just Works
Excellent garden tool on multiple levels from working in soil with rocks, heavy roots, or heavy clay.
Solid and Simple
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.
Sturdy,dependable. I use it to divide plants and also to open a small hole for planting small plants.
Leonard Soil Knife
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!
Best hand tool in the tool box
Great handy tool
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.
The. Best. Tool. Ever!
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.
Love the Color
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.
Great shovel, but Deluxe Knife is even better
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.
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.
does all it claims
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.
Brian - Seattle
U need this!
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....
Leonard Classic Soil Knife (#4750)
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).
The tool I'm never without
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!
Jim from Taylor, MI
Single best garden tool
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.
My all-time favorite garden tool.
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!
Used it often this summer - edges are nice and sharp,
Classic Soil Knife
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!!
Kaye C, OSU Extension Master Gardener
this soil knife is wonderful
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!
Strong and multi-purpose
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!
Once used, can't live without it
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.
can't live without it
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!
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.
Best Trowel Available
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.
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!!!!
H/R for a landscape company, love landscaping
Main thing I like is the bump on the handle so your hand does not slip to the knife.
Owned since 2000
This is the finest soil knife I have ever owned. Love this one w/o the notch cord cutter.
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.
Simply the BEST gardening hand tool available!
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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