As spring begins to bloom across the city, many gardeners may be looking to up their garden game and tool belt. The humble garden knife is the ultimate multi-purpose (and dare we say elegant) tool to add to any potting shed, flower bed or vegetable patch. It can be used to do everything from digging, chopping, weeding, planting and more. We’ve picked the best of the best for everyone from seedling beginners to green thumb garden experts.
Barebones Living’s No. 6 walnut-handled field knife and sheath feature a super sturdy, high-carbon steel blade, inlaid copper lanyard ring and a waxed canvas sheath. This is a garden knife that means business and is stylish to boot. Clip it to your belt and tackle your toughest garden chore. food52.com
Barebones Living’s Hori Hori (Japanese for “dig, dig”) Ultimate Kinfe & Sheath provide similar style and function as the No. 6 model, at a smaller price point. The double-edged, concave knife is serrated on one side and flat on the other to provide flexibility and purpose, is marked on the back with 1-inch measurements, and comes with a polyester canvas sheath for storage. A walnut handle is topped with a flat pommel base for hammering or pounding in garden stakes. barebonesliving.com
This Hori Hori Garden Knife has long been a staple for garden lovers everywhere. It sports a tip sturdy enough for digging and serrated edges suited for sawing or separating plants. The stainless-steel blade is marked in inches and millimeters for accurate and even planting depth and spacing. This is one tool that takes a licking and keeps on digging. duluthtrading.com
The Leonard Deluxe stainless-steel soil knife is equipped with a 1-inch marked blade, rounded grip and molded thumb rest, and a built-in twine-cutting notch. This workhorse is built for the toughest jobs, from digging into hard soil to cleaning up sidewalks and pavers. gardenersedge.com