The Hori-Hori Knife Martha Stewart Uses in 'Martha Knows Best'

Featured in Martha Knows Best, the hori-hori, also known as a Japanese soil knife, is the must-have multi-tool for gardeners everywhere. Just like its namesake, Martha's version is both strong and pretty.

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August 04, 2020

In last week’s "Container Gardens" episode of Martha Knows Best, the queen of gardening (and let’s face it, queen of all the things), Martha Stewart, whipped out her trusty hori-hori knife to loosen succulent roots before planting, and I thought, yesss. As a gardener, I love a hori-hori! Also called a Japanese soil knife, this unassuming-looking tool comes in handy in the garden for everything from prepping roots for planting to digging holes for vegetables.

Thankfully, the hori-hori that Martha uses in the show happens to be one of her own designs and is available on Amazon. In addition to that pretty pop of spring green (characteristic of all Martha Stewart garden tools available on Amazon), Martha’s soil knife features a comfort-grip handle and a steel blade with both serrated and straight edges. I’ve found the straight edge of a soil knife to be nice for opening bags of soil, compost and mulch, while the serrated edge is ideal for sawing off small wayward branches and cutting twine. The concave blade aids in digging, and inch marks along the blade are like a cheat-sheet for planting depth — especially helpful when planting bulbs (hello, fall gardening to-do list).

With all these handy features and Martha’s seal of approval, in this gardener’s opinion, this hori-hori is a bargain.

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