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SHW Eye-hoes / Chopping Hoes
The Eye-Hoe (also called Grub, Grubbing or Chopping hoes) is the oldest hoe design in the world, due to the simplicity of the head shape; traditionally, forging the head could be done with crude tools. The ‘eye’ just had an appropriately-sized stick stuck through it for a handle; as long as one end of the stick was bigger than the eye, it wouldn’t come out. The eye-hoes produced by SHW of Germany today are a lot more refined: ergonomic designs, light weight and perfectly fitted handles wedged into place.
The differences between these Eye hoes and others you will find on the market are:
We find this series very popular among women; very strong and durable but lighter than you ever thought a forged chopping hoe could be. Ergonomic ovalized kiln-dried ash handles add to the pleasure of using these tools (SOME handles have been treated with a darker “stain” at the factory, so the wood may look a lot darker than ash!).
Wide blade and narrow blade make great options for working intensive beds.
MSRP: $53.00; $34.00
The backside of this nimble hoe is pointed to make planting rows or break clods.
MSRP: $53.00; $34.00
The stamped-steel imitations in the hardware store pale by comparison…
MSRP: $53.00; Sale Price: $34.00
This is actually NOT an “eye” hoe, but we stuck it in this category anyway because it’s SHW brand. If you want an “American-style” hoe, but want it made out of German Forged steel AND with an easily replaceable handle, then this is your baby. American-made Ash handle.
MSRP: $46.95; Sale Price: $36.00
We find that these short-handled forged steel eye-hoes are the best balanced tools of this type on the market.
Although we certainly do not encourage the unsustainable (or illegal) harvest of this rare plant in the wild, this hoe is very much the traditional size and shape of the ‘sang hoe’ in Appalachia. Of course it’s a great garden tool too!
Thicker handles which are larger near the head, and heavier blades make this series suitable for heavier soils, small tree roots, etc.
Relatively Light; the narrow blade and concave cutting edge help minimize the effort of cutting into the soil.
Wider, to get the job done faster, but of course a bit heavier too.
For the MAJOR chopping jobs, such as breaking new sod, digging ditches, chopping through tree roots…THIS is your hoe. Super-gusseted Ash handles available in two lengths. (Keep in mind that the longer handle is more expensive to ship!)
Actually designed for heeling in grapevines, this is the ‘Big Mama’ of chopping/eye hoes. Available with your choice of two handle lengths. (Keep in mind that the longer handle is more expensive to ship!)
Talk about a serious tool! I’ve found that the 5” wide blade is perfect for making a trench for a 4” drainage pipe - and the axe blade on the back made short work of the tree roots I encountered. This is one of my favorite digging tools, period.
Same as 53648 above, but without “axe” blade and with a slightly thicker .
Designed like a miniature Mattock with a longer handle, this awesome tool is great for heavy garden chopping, trail maintenance, root pruning, etc. This is a very unique tool…it is the only tool we have found with a true “Mattock” head design (chopping blade on one side, axe blade on the other) with a strong, forged steel, relatively light head coupled with a long handle. In fact, SHW was going to discontinue it, and we persuaded them to keep it in production due to its uniqueness. (Some folks prefer this tool with a shorter handle…if so, just cut the wooden handle down to the size that suits you.)
When loosening soil, “tined” tools offer great soil penetration with less effort than “bladed” tools, and are LOTS more friendly to Earthworms! This forged-steel tined hoe utilizes the “Eye” hoe design, which SHW augments with an ovalized handle for comfort and a reinforced gusset on the rear of the handle for extra strength. LONG tines for deep penetration. Can be used to harvest root crops, too…this is like a digging fork you can swing!