Traditional German Mattock

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Traditional German Mattock
A versatile & traditional 2-in-1 garden tool
54A03.06 Traditional German Mattock

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The robust, shock absorbing ash handles and solid forged Steel head of this 2-in-1 tool allow you to switch quickly and efficiently from one type of cut to the next without breaking stride.The Hoe end is a heavy chopper edge that will bite into and loosen dirt and pull rocks, while the Axe side is great for cutting through roots, vines, and other gnarly materials. This is a very traditional-style tool for serious garden work, and is ideal when wrestling with combinations of earth, roots, stumps, etc.

Head ships packed flat, and is easily assembled. (Instructions included)

42” L Overall, Head: 15 ½” L (each blade 7” L); Hoe Blade: 4 ¾” W; Axe Blade 5 ¼” W; Weighs 6 lbs.
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  • The Last Mattock You Will Ever Need

    Ross Hunter, 8/6/2020 I have a pick mattock but I needed a cutter mattock to be able to cut through roots and create a clean line when creating terraces on a steep embankment. This tool is perfect. The curved edge of the blade means you can land at any angle and still cut. The mattock end is wider than any other mattock I've seen so it draws more soil. It was shipped with an unsharpened edge and I'm sure the UPS guy appreciates that. A couple of minutes with a file and you are good to go. My neighbors said it looks like something from game of thrones. If that doesn't make you want it nothing will.
  • Good enough for now.

    Juanita, 8/6/2020 We chose to purchase this tool because it was made in Germany; not in China. It looks like a high quality tool and it meets our need. The only disappointment is the fact that it is not identified on the tool the name or where it was made. I think time and use will tell how authentic it is. Thanks
  • Trail blazer.

    Michael , 7/24/2020 This is an awesome tool!! I’m blazing a new trail down to a lake behind my house and the Mattocks has made my job much easier!!
  • Great Tool!

    Colleen, 7/17/2020 Now this is a great tool! I got it for when I retire and move to start a garden from scratch. It will work great. The weight is good and it is very well made.
  • History of this nice tool

    I.G., 5/17/2020 I would really like to know from what historic model is this tool inspired. i saw a tool exactly like this but i had some stamping on it and seemed old .Maybe someone can help out Thanks.
  • Wow!

    Amanda, 5/16/2020 This thing is amazing! I was expecting something decent from this company, but I was blown away, when I first used it. Short/small built people, don't be intimidated by this thing. I am 5'3", 130#, and I had no trouble swinging this thing! Can't say anything negative about it. So glad I made the purchase!
  • A BEAST!!!

    Del, 4/24/2020 I got my mattock uber fast and put it right to work. This thing is a beast and the wide blade makes short work of turning a lot of earth fast. Not only that, but I seldom needed to use the axe-head for roots, because the wide reinforced blade cuts right through most roots! I absolutely love this thing!
  • German Mattock

    Rodney Smith, 4/3/2020 Awesome mattock, axe blade cuts thru roots while laying new water line. Handle strong & long enough, well balanced. Product worth every penny; very satisfied customer.
  • Mountain Tackler!

    Mark McLaughlin, 3/27/2020 I am trying to carve out a hiking path through thick woods down a steep mountain behind my house in North Carolina. This product has totally changed the project. I'm not longer frustrated, I now feel like king of the mountain. Prickers, vines and roots have no chance against this heavyweight tool!
  • Great quality for a reasonable price

    Tom N., 2/29/2020 While "Traditional German Mattock" to me merely suggests copying of a German mattock style, in fact, this mattock is made in Germany. That alone puts it in a different class from the box store items. In design it is quite similar to quality antique mattocks you can see from time to time, or on the web. Still, I went to three box stores to compare their 5 pound mattocks to this model. In every way, this German mattock is superior:

    1. Superior hoe blade. The forging of the head shows attention to strength. Where the hoe blade of box store mattocks are formed from 3/16" steel plate curved to a hoe shape, there is no or very little center reinforcement. Plus, at 8.5" they are overly long given the poor design, resulting in many reviews of these tools complaining about the blade bending. The German blade is much thicker at the base and tapers to the end; a middle rib, raised 3/16" to 1/8" high, 1/2" to 3/8" wide, extends well over half way to the end. This should give the mattock much greater strength against bending stresses.

    2. Superior axe blade. Box store mattocks provide a narrow chopping blade that has a flat 2 1/2 inch "carving" edge, whereas this blade is 5 1/4" tall and has a nice curved edge that provides narrower entry to cut into the wood while allowing the following edge to slice through. Plus, the ax blade can also be used for breaking soil when needed.

    3. Superior handle. All box store handles were 36" long. The German handle is 41 5/16" long. The extra length gives the mattock more power so the head doesn't have to be as heavy. Despite being 4.17 pounds versus the box store heads at 5 pounds, the mattocks should have fairly equal power. The long handle also reduces back strain, so you can work longer. Even though the handle does not have overstrike protection, this can easily be added with an inexpensive paracord wrap (see Youtube). Coming in at 1.62 pounds, it brings the total for the mattock to 5.79 pounds.

    4. Apparently better steel. A Garrett tech confirmed that this was forged with carbon steel, although he didn't know the hardness rating. Yet, given the comment of another reviewer about sharpening, this steel is quite hard. That is not a quality I associate with inexpensive box store tools such as their mattocks. The Garrett tech assured me that none of their mattocks have been returned broken or bent. Better quality is something I'm definitely willing to pay more for.

    I dropped it one star because of the lackadaisical sharpening and some blemishes on the handle and head, including an apparent blood stain on the handle that easily sanded off. No more axe juggling in the shipping room, fellas!
  • Superior tool

    Jonathan, 1/9/2020 After struggling for a year using in combination an axe and an old mattock that probably came from Sears ages ago, the blade to which I actually bent, this mattock is a dream.
    Well balanced head and handle, the handle was smooth to the touch out of the box and I was easily able to deliver accurate powerful swings. The blades were sharp out of the box and cut roots well, and there is no sign at all that this tool might be damaged by levering shrubs and saplings out of the ground. It lets me blast through palm roots too — impressive.
    For the quality of this tool, and the immediate productivity gains I have enjoyed clearing overgrown grounds, I would happily have paid more. At the price, it is a great bargain, but it is the excellent quality that impresses me the most.
  • Works great good product

    Jerome, 7/6/2019 Well made wide cutting edges great garden and woods tool
  • German Mattock - 54A0300

    Tom Sturgeon, 2/1/2019 It is a lot better than the one I have been using
  • Quality mattock in Pulaski style tradition

    Kris B., 6/5/2018 The forged steel in the head is tough stuff. It took significant effort to sharpen. When it arrived it was not even close to a working edge on either blade, so it took awhile to shape this steel to a functional edge. It is now performing well. The wide mattock blade provides a nice complement to a narrower Pulaski blade for different ground types. We are using both regularly. We fabricated leather blade guards for protection and safety between uses. The handle was straight with good grain control and fit the head well when seated (we rotated the handle in the head to find the best fit before seating). Handle surfaces were quite rough, but sanded up quickly to a nice smooth feel. A couple coats of walnut oil on the handle are keeping it that way. Like the long handle. If the tool, as received, had edges ready (or close) to use, and if the handle surfaces had been more finished, we would have given this tool five stars. A very nice tool for the money.
  • operator

    Ralph Leaf, 5/9/2018 This product saved me literally days of digging through huge root systems from our mature sequoia (sp?). I spent a whole day of grueling agony with just a regular axe--- and got no where. My wife showed me the German Mattock and I had it within a week and could not be more pleased-- and it was so much easier. The head is a little heavy, which is good because you can use It's weight to cut through roots and tough soil.
  • Traditional German Mattock

    Mike Flora, 4/29/2018 Great tool for clearing brush, roots and vines. The long handle makes it easy to swing and deliver powerful blows for clearing. I wish I had had this tool years ago.
  • A traditional mattock with super traditional performance

    John R., 8/11/2017 Tore through roots and tough dirt like a hot knife through butter. The axe end performed way beyond expectations. A little heavy until you start swinging it. well balanced
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