Product Scouted: Barebones Hori Hori Knife

May 12, 2018

Are you ever in need of a sharp, portable digging tool that can also serve as a knife, twine cutter, bottle opener, measuring device, or stake hammer?

If your answer was yes to even one of those questions (even the bottle opener), then you must check out the Barebones Living Hori Hori knife.

The name Hori Hori translates to “dig dig,” implying its main use. Of course, this is only a recommendation on what to use it for. In reality it is useful for a huge range of jobs, from performing impromptu amputations on storm-damaged limbs, to cutting twine for staking and tying plants, measuring planting depths, pounding in stakes, and yes, digging.


Hori Hori Knife Digging

Basically, this is the tool to use in the garden. Period.

It is just the right size to fit comfortably in your hand and the sustainable bamboo handle will last a lifetime with proper care. I was impressed with how solid it is, and am positive that it will remain a favorite for years to come!

So…What to do next?

Head over to Barebones Living and experience it for yourself! (This is not an affiliate post. I just really like this tool and wanted you to know about it!)

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  1. Dirk says:

    The Hori Hori is certainly a useful tool and one that I use often. But there is one I use much, much more often: the CobraHead Weeder & Cultivator Garden Hand Tool. I can do everything but cut … there isn’t a weed it can’t remove. Honestly, I think the popularity of the Hori Hori is as much about the romance around Japan as it is the actual usefulness of the tool itself.

    • Travis says:

      I love the CobraHead weeder! It’s a great tool for digging up deep-rooted weeds that I cannot pull by hand.

      Unfortunately, the CobraHead seems to be more for spot weed pulling – it isn’t the best method of weed control in anything but a small garden (at least in my experience).

      For me, the Hori Hori is more versatile (digging plants, cutting twine, sawing, dividing, uprooting stubborn weeds), but the CobraHead, while it has fewer uses, is great at what it does (uprooting weeds).

      The Hori Hori and Cobrahead are both amazing tools though – maybe I should do a future post on the CobraHead. It definitely deserves a place in everyone’s garden tool collection. 🙂

  2. Rhonda says:

    I love my Barebones hori hori! It will hack through anything and is great for digging small planting holes. Bonus is feeling like a garden ninja when you use it. 🙂


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