Senkichi Nejiri Gama Hoe
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- Strong but lightweight Japanese hand hoe
- Designed for weeding and slicing
- Wood handle with plastic hanging loop
- 5" steel blade. 11" long overall.
- Perennial seller
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This Japenese weeder has become the essential weeder for gardeners. Strong but lightweight. Remarkably easy to use as a weeder in flower beds. It has become many gardeners indispensable tool. The blade is made from hardened steel. The wood handle has a plastic cap that includes a hanging loop so that the tool can be easily stored. This tool is made in Japan and as result is top quality. Overal ithe tools weighs less than 6 ozs. Thsi is the best weeder anywhere
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After breaking my fourth Nejiri, I decided to purchase alternative asian hand hoes for comparison tests.
The Tomita Nisaku Sickle Hoe (NejiriKama) for $2 more may be much more durable with a stronger 1 inch weld between shaft and blade. For 20% more $, you get 100% more durable weld.
Then there is the Japanese Weeding Sickle Very Sharp Edge Quick Work by UJC Mart Japan - the blade and shaft appear to be forged from a single piece; the joining appears to be at least 2 inches long - 4X the structural integrity of the Nejiri at only 2X the price. Also, the Sickle handle is longer and more comfortable than the Nejiri.
I gave this item a 3 star rating because it didn't last long BUT was an awesome weeder before it broke. I have since returned to Amazon and replaced it with KNK-MT211 ARS Weeding Sickle - Nejiri Kama which a solid shank (with bend). Hopefully this new one will last longer.
Hoe #1 is $24 (and change) and lasts two years, then needs an $8 adjustment. Hoe #2 costs $10. Even if it lasts just one year before an adjustment is needed, it's still no worse than the first. So...no major difference.
As mentioned, this tool is quite similar to the ones I previously purchased. The sharp blade makes easy work of pulling out weeds and unwelcomed plants. The wooden handle is hefty enough to prevent hand fatigue. By far my most used and beloved garden tool.
For some reason, probably because it is a sharp object, this item takes longer to ship than other Amazon products. Also, if you try to return it, Amazon will state that the item is non-returnable. You will have to contact Amazon support to return or exchange the item. The nice thing, however, is that you won't have to ship the item back since it is non-returnable.
I ordered a new one after getting a refund on the original broken one. The replacement was not broken but I question how long it will last given the commonly reported weak point in the welding. Buyer beware.
Unfortunately it didn't last. I got it around 6 months ago and already it is broken. Some other reviews mention it breaking as well, and the weak spot seams to be where the blade is welded to the handle. It just isn't strong enough to hold up to the prying motion you need to use to get weeds up.
I don't necessarily think that it is just a case of myself and others getting one with a bad weld, as the metal bent some before it finally broke, so I think it just isn't strong enough for what it is meant to do for the long term. Might be okay for someone that is just pulling weeds out of a vegetable garden or something, but it can't handle dandelions and crab grass without breaking.
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Looks built to last but time will tell.