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Our best-selling tools are the Dutch weeding hoes. No other weeding hoes can match them in quality, ergonomic (user-friendly) design or handle length, a sore subject on most hoes for us tall people. I always tell folks: “well, you can always cut off a long handle, but you can’t stretch a short one!”… but I don’t know anyone who has actually cut off one of these super-long Dutch hoe handles. Shorter people can just “choke-up” on the handle, and then of course have the option of much extra reach with the tool.
All DeWit hoe heads are made from top-grade Dutch forged steel (approx. 60 Rockwell hardness). People these days are so used to cheap stamped-steel tools and how fast they dull and wear out, they really have no concept of what a super-tough forged steel like this means. I’ve had several customers say “why, as small as that hoe head is, I’d wear it out in a year!” Maybe with a Rockwell-40 stamped-steel tool, bt these are different animals. And it’s not that a Rockwell-60 tool will only last half again as long as a Rockwell-40 tool: once the hardness of a tool is harder than what it is wearing against, the wear of the tool virtually stops. I have been using my Dutch half moon hoe (D10) since 1994 in a ¼ acre garden and the wear is hardly measurable.
All Dutch hoes feature an offset-tapered socket handle interface, with the handle secured into the socket by a single bolt and nut. Handles are easily replaceable and tightenable, a major plus over anything you buy in a hardware store.
Proper use of this hoe usually requires some re-training for most Americans. To use correctly, hold it like you would hold a broom and “sweep” the weeds off by slicing with the head virtually flat on the ground. This motion with the angle built into the head and the 74” overall length, keep your back perfectly straight while hoeing (if your back’s not straight, you’re not holding the hoe right–see photo below:).
Just a wider version of the D10. Good for covering lots of open ground such as with melons, pumpkins, etc., but obviously not as maneuverable as the D10.
For those folks who just want more of a ‘standard American-style hoe’, but want it in the best quality forged steel available, we now carry this hoe from DeWit. Features the same easily replaceable socket-type handle as the other DeWit hoes.
Also known as a “scuffle hoe”, this tool has a blade that lays flat on the ground to slice weeds at or just below the surface. Cuts in both directions so there is no wasted movement. This is the fastest hoe going, once you get used to it. Because you’re just essentially slicing the weeds at the base, this tool works best when weeds are small and therefore having the top clipped will likely kill the root. “Pistol grip” at the end of handle for incredibly comfortable use.
This “scuffle hoe” is only sharpened on the front for folks who find they like the pushing action better. Also the wider head front-to-back helps this hoe ‘float’ on top of the soil better. Same handle as the D20.
This NEW design of DeWit scuffle hoe has all the best features combined: Forged Boron steel, Sharpened on all sides for push OR pull action, Larger head for good control and long service life, and the same Pistol-Grip handle as the two hoes above (Image shows head only, but YES, this price DOES include the Pistol-Grip handle!!)
This nimble little scuffle hoe slides in any direction to slice weeds off. Same high-carbon forged steel blade as other DeWit tools.