After looking at countless hand gardening tools here, and in Europe and in Asia, it's so nice to have finally found a design that is truly unique and that really works so well.
This Dutch maker produces three hand forged variations based on the same basic design (wood handle each 10 to 11" long) - with 3 and 5 forged steel tines. The two Handclaw tools are very different in size and are great for digging and pulling loose soil toward you. The 5-Tine Cultivator excels at pushing soil around - shaping and smoothing.
We're not suggesting that you've got to have all three, but each is sufficiently different that it's bound to be helpful to have access to all of them. But at least get one to enjoy it. These are all highly recommended.
DeWit tools are a direct connection to the time when the best tools often came from the village blacksmith. Innovated and evolved from experience and made to last forever, a DeWit-made tool represents the closest possible connection between the tool maker and the tool user to be found in today’s global market. Willem de Wit opened his blacksmith shop in Kornhorn, a small village in northern Holland, in 1898. He did all the things a country village blacksmith did back then – he was a farrier, repaired kettles and sold bicycles. When his sons joined him the business grew, making tools for agriculture. A DeWit tool came to be known to combine good design, skilled craftsmanship and the very best materials, and soon their spades and hoes were in demand all over Holland. The 4th generation of the de Wit family today runs the company by the same principles and standards. Skilled hand forging may be augmented with modern techniques and equipment where appropriate, but the essential connection between the designer/maker and the user endures – only now the de Wits listen to gardeners and farmers from all over the world. And their continued insistence on only the best materials can be readily appreciated in the use of FSC-certified ash handles and Swedish boron steel – the same steel used on a popular brand of bulldozer blades!