Japanese Digging Knives

Japanese Digging Knives
New Style Available - Now Comes In Carbon Steel
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16E02.01 Japanese Digging Knife (stainless steel)

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36J02.07 Japanese Digging Knife (carbon steel)

In stock


Wood handle, 6-3/4" long serrated steel forged blade will even cut through roots. The back side (underneath) is curved slightly to give it a scooping capability.

The Stainless Steel Knife (with the red wood handle) will never rust, but as it is less stiff than a plain Carbon Steel blade, it may flex a bit in heavy clay-like soils. The Carbon Steel Knife (natural colored handle) will never flex, although it will rust if not cleaned off after use and kept lightly oiled. You know which meets your standards best.

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  • Essential Garden Tool!

    Nancy K. Socha, 12/22/2014 I bought a Japanese digging knife several years ago. I got my husband one after he was constantly borrowing" mine. An essential item; whether transplanting, dividing, cutting roots, prying out small rocks. The stainless steel knife cleans easily and never needs sharpening. Our son had to have one for Christmas. Best garden tool ever!"
  • Somewhat Lighter Construction Than I Thought It Would Be

    Tim, 12/20/2014 It's winter, so I've not had a chance to use the tool, but it looks like it will do okay. The construction is lighter weight than I assumed it would be. Also there are colorful kanji on the back side of the handle, which is fine by me. The sheath is very light weight.
  • Carbon Steel Japanese Digging Knife

    Scott Murray, 6/29/2014 The handle is poorly designed. It actually hurts my hand to use this tool. The handle pinches the skin between the wood pieces. I also feel that this blade will eventually bend.
  • Indispensible

    Gerry Meininger, 3/16/2014 I am frequently in the garden with a pocket or wheel barrel full of a sundry tools. Once I strapped this on my belt I felt freed from always searching for the right tool. I call it my garden weapon"! It digs for planting, it prunes, it saws through stubborn roots, it cuts garden cord when strings and tying plants up. I love it. "
  • A Great V-Day Gift

    Hanna Hobar, 2/16/2014 My husband gave me this tool for Valentines Day since he knew how tough it is to dig and plant here in Florida. Before I used it on him, I tried it and found that his knife or tool makes it easier to cut the roots and other strange things in the soil around our house. He is forgiven!
  • A Must

    S. McCandlish, 1/29/2014 The carbon steel one (haven't tried stainless) is insanely great, and not just for gardening - has plenty of garage and even kitchen uses (just keep it clean, of course). Used one since 2006, and it's still a great tool despite the wear. Easily sharpened.
  • Japanese Digging Knife

    Mike, 11/8/2013 High quality stout digging knife, If you are stealing kitchen knifes to work in the garden, this product will make you stop. Great for digging out weed, cutting veggies and flowers. You will always want it on your hip in the handy belt pouch!
  • Best Knife Ever!

    Tonya, 8/28/2013 This is the third knife I have ordered from you. It is absolutely wonderful for weeding in the garden. I still have the first two but they are worn and all taped up with duct take. It was time for a new one. You can get down about 8 inches into the soil and dig out those pesky weeds!
  • Unbelievably Handy

    Peter, 7/19/2013 I bought this Stainless digging knife to replace a cheap rusting one that came with a metal detector. Wow!, I was surprised on arrival. Both the serrated and straight cutting edges are very sharp. This feature works wonders piercing soil and cutting through underground roots in one step. If you relocate plants and bulbs, this is the tool for you.
  • Handle is Loose

    Scott Dutcher, 6/2/2013 The blade is great on the stainless version and after 3 years it am still cutting through finger-thick roots with no problem. But the handle arrived a little loose and over the years has gotten worse. Now the rivet closest to the blade has fallen out. But I love the blade and am looking to get the handle fixed.
  • Wrist Saver

    Lisa, 3/9/2013 I just started using my Japanese knife this week, for weeding. Wow! If I had one of these when I started weeding at age 14, I might not have the wrist injury I have today. I will keep this by my side when I'm gardening. It does what the skinny little forked weeders, and the trowels, can't do - and can take the pressure without bending, and gets under the ground far enough that they won't come back. Saved me a LOT of time yesterday.
  • Metal Detecting

    Mike Whitaker, 1/9/2013 Excellent for metal detecting: can scalp out divot and go deeper in rotational cuts. Most detecting is shallow near surface soil movement since no detectors are truly exact. The plastic holster with Japanese characters is an insulting piece of crap. Wrap it in duct tape along with the handles for comfort.
  • Disappointed

    Richard Hart, 1/3/2013 The sheath is cheap looking and loses class with the Japanese symbols (what the heck does it say anyway?). The handle should be replaced by the handle on the stainless steel model - feels and looks like carved 2x4. The blade looks like it was just forged with heat scarring still evident.
  • Superb Digging Knife

    Ara Bulick, 11/22/2011 My wife wanted a digging knife of her own, tired of using my contraptions. i ordered for her the Japanese SS Digging knife hoping it was all the reviews said. WOW! It is excellent! I use this every chance I get , when she's not looking. This knife is very well made. The serrated side cuts very well. As for my wife this sucker never leaves her side so it looks like I'll be buying another. Being SS I don't have to worry she's left it outside, which she always manages to do,it doesn't rust. I highly reccommend.
  • Excellent digging knife.

    Jim, 6/16/2011 I bought the SS knife. This is a great garden tool. Well made and easy to use. My soil is hard and has a lot of clay, but this Japanese Digging Knife was up to the job. On one job I used mine to cut sod from around my shrubs. Then I used the serrated blade to knock the good dirt from the sod. The rivet near the blade became loose after a lot of hard usage. I placed one side of the rivet on a hard surface and used a small round punch and a hammer to tighten the rivet. It worked.
  • Gardening Knife

    Gail Kummer, 6/5/2011 I really like this blade, my friend calls it the Gardening Ginzu. It will cut through almost anything and... it is great upper arm exercise. I definitely would give this as a gift.
  • A good knife !

    Mike Gresham, 3/17/2011 A very handsome ,well made knife. The balance is very good. Have not used it yet . Am looking forward to using it ,shortly.
  • Mixed

    MN Herbalist, 2/6/2011 This is a nice tool, but the handle is a bit large for a medium sized woman's hand, and you have to be careful not to use it to pry plants out of their holes. The blade is plenty sharp, but mine bent near the handle when I was digging plants with long roots.

    DED, 1/2/2011 This is art! I LOVE this kind of quality. I may buy another just to have around to admire. Heavy stainless blade, very durable wood handle. No one under 240 lbs. will ever break this thing. The sheath is about a 3 quality. You won't regret it.
  • gifts for gardners

    Linda Riley, 12/25/2010 The japanese digging knife and the grandpa's weeder were bought as gifts and I was very impressed by the quality of them. This is my first time ordering from Garrett and I will definatley use them again
  • Very sharp blade

    Robert, 12/20/2010 wide handle
  • Great tool

    Richard Vincent, 12/17/2010 This is a great tool to have around. You can use it hard without fear of damaging it. Cuts out grass easily and roots with the serrated edge. I have given this as gifts and they all love them I highly recommend this to all
  • Nice Lightweight Knife

    Phil, 12/12/2010 Nice Lightweight Knife. I was hoping for a full tang and a little heavier knife. Overall the knife is satisfactory.
  • The Economy Model

    Baron Rojo, 9/27/2010 I also own the Professional Gardener's Digging Tool" [79W05.01] also sold by Garrett Wade; I got each on sale and was able to compare them directly. This knife is not as strong as the other, more expensive one. That's the only reason I marked it down on the Star Scale. I think I may have bent it slightly with my energetic digging; I flipped the other side up and now it appears straight. Digging has no effect on those edges, however, which are definitely sharper than those of the other knife. (The serrated edge is more effective when cutting tough roots and vines than those "sawtooth" slots, as well.) And the handle is every bit as indestructible as you please; I left it out in the rain at least once (no rust on the stainless-steel blade!) and there's no detectable evidence of it. So which of these knives is best for you depends as much on your needs as the price. See my review on the Professional Gardener's Digging Tool. "
  • Non-stainless sharpens better

    10-year user, 7/26/2010 We've had one of these (a horihori", translated 'digdig') for 10+ years, and aside from its handle losing its finish, it's going strong, and every bit as versatile as when it was new. It may pick up some surface rust, but takes and holds a good edge when sharpened. (It doesn't need to be all that sharp, imho.) "
  • Looks good

    Mark Proulx, 5/24/2010 but steel is of poor quality
  • Dig Away

    DIYGirl, 5/18/2010 This is one big knife! I was concerned when it first arrived. The blade was a little bit discolored on the edges and it was magnetic, so I questioned the composition. An extremely helpful technical rep queried Japan, persisted and got me the answer: Martensitic stainless (magnetic) that's heat treated. It is one hefty knife in a nice sturdy case. Dry it off before storing, because Martensitic steel can rust or corrode. Do that and it will cut some pretty tough roots and last a long time.
  • Samurai Dandelion Knife

    Marion Olson, 4/14/2010 The best tool made for vanquishing dandelions in the lawn. This one is sharp enough to get right down to the end of the taproot and get the whole plant out in one pass. They don't stand a chance!
  • Awesomw tool

    Annie, 2/2/2010 I am very pleased with this knife. If it indeed awesome! Handsome to look at and functional as well.
  • Mabe I can become a salesperson

    Lil Tower, 5/24/2009 I'v had this tool for at least five years, and yes, it is becoming dull. I plan to purchase a second one, 'cause it it never where I want it. I do a lot of gardening with a garden club. When I pull this out, all of the others want to use it and know where I got it. Have to make sure it goes home with me and not with their tools.
  • Sharp

    DJP, 4/25/2009 I have purchased a few of these type tools but this is the best by far because the serrated edge is sharp" ... cut myself sharp ... I know better now. It really cuts roots that won't dig out. "
  • Shovel in My Pocket

    Gene Plaud, 4/14/2009 I use this tool more often than all my other GarrettWade products. For digging, weeding, cultivating, transplanting, dividing, this is the handiest tool you can have. Easily maneuvered, this will slice through dirt without fail. After using this knife for five years now, maybe I'll sharpen it... maybe not.
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