I first spied, and admired, this Old Dutch trowel being used by Monty Don on BBC Gardener’s World.
I liked the look of the longer-and-sturdier-than-usual trowel handle, the offset head, and the way he used it to dig into soil with a stabbing motion then pushing back and forth - instead of a more typical digging/scooping motion. My curiosity was piqued!
The sharp sides and pointed end allow you to easily cut through the soil. Use it for planting bulbs, seedlings and small plants or use the large head for breaking and turning the soil. It is particularly useful in the vegetable garden if Monty’s example is anything to go by.
The large handled version is a slightly bigger, heavier tool with a fairly stout handle, a good fit for medium-to-large sized hands. We now also have a model with a shorter, slimmer handle that’s a better fit and grip for small hands but with the same-sized head.
How to care for your Sneeboer Tools:
- Width of head: 5" (13 cm)
- Length of head: 5.5" (14 cm)
- Length of handle: large 10.5" (27 cm)/small 5.5” (14 cm)
- Total length: large 16.5" (42 cm)/ small 11.8” (30 cm)
- Material of handle: Ash wood
- Weight: 1 lb (0.45 kg)
The Sneeboer family has been making garden tools for over 100 years. Sneeboer tools are beautifully designed and built for maximum strength and utility - the heads are hand-forged from one piece of stainless steel and they are fitted with ash handles from FSC-certified forests.