This knife is my take on the long standing pattern design that originated in Japan centuries ago.
Hand forged from reclaimed automotive coil spring and finished with a paracord-wrapped handle, the blades are oil quenched and tempered to make a very durable, sharp and tough hand tool. The edges are single bevel, and one edge is serrated to ease cutting of woodier materials. The paracord material comes in many different colours; bright colours prevent losing the hori hori in the garden or food forest. The hori hori in the pictures is wrapped with bright orange cord.
The overall length is approximately 14″, and the blade is roughly 8″ of that length, enabling deep digging when necessary. This is an excellent tool for handling dandelions, thistles and other deep-rooted perennial weeds. A pommel is forged at the end of the handle for ease of storage if not using a sheath (simply hang it up in your shed or garage) and allows for driving the knife into hard soils.
The scabbard (optional) is hand made from reclaimed hardwood materials and includes a simple leather thong to tie to a belt or belt loop to keep the hori hori close at hand while keeping the hands free when not in use. The wooden scabbard also allows the blade the dry when stored, preventing rust from forming.
The hori hori ("hori" is the Japanese onomatopoeia of the sound of digging) is a hand tool of Japanese design. It’s believed the design came from the need to harvest wild vegetables from the mountainous regions of the country. The flat shape of the sharpened blade allowed foragers to efficiently harvest by digging deep and slicing through plant roots and tough vegetation.