Our Hand Forged Laminated Gardening Hoes (Tsurukubi Hoh) are traditional tools used by Japanese gardeners. They are individually forged and heat treated by a master blacksmith. Each tool is a lamination of soft iron and high carbon steel. Unlike Western hoes, the blades are designed with a curved surface so that the blade cuts from the center to the outside edge. This improves the cutting effect and helps prevent damage to adjacent foliage. The blades are installed angled to the handle to reduce fatigue during use. This small Garden Hoe is a general purpose hoe for careful garden work. The blade width is 5¼" and overall length is 16".