Japanese Ika Hoe
The Japanese Ika Hoe is a personal favorite for weeding around perennials including small fruit trees, shrubs and medicinal herbs. It is also well suited to prepping an area (weeding, working in compost etc) that is too small to allow a full length tool.
It also makes quick transplant holes for veggie starts or bulbs.
The flat blade is good for scraping off weeds just below the surface, while the 3 prongs excel when you want to remove roots as well. Small bunch grasses can be popped out like a lever.
Fully forged from a single piece of steel, there are no welds to break. The wedge left protruding can be tapped in incrementally if the head begins to get loose. This one is very sturdy and a great value for the price.
If I could only have two small handled tools in the garden, it would be an Ika and a Dutch Hoe.
- 15.5″ Long. Weighs 1.4 lbs
- 3 Tine head measures 4.5″ long by 3″ wide. Straight Blade measure 3.5″ by 2.5″
- Forged Steel Head secured with a steel wedge. Easy to rehandle.
- Oak handle is oval for comfort, widening into a rectangle near the head for added strength
- Made in Japan