For Christmas this year I received an MLTools Hori-Hori Digging Knife. I looked it up, and it is currently $17 on Amazon. The reviews are primarily positive at the time of this blog, which is one reason I put it on my Christmas list. I was excited to get out and try it out.
Heading out today on the 26th of December, the same day of this blog post, I had my eldest daughter with me as she wanted to see what the hub-bub was about with this metal detecting stuff the old man was wanting to do. So, we decided to head over to a local school that, at least back in 1952, had two buildings out in a field behind it that were now completely gone.
While walking in the woods and trying to find where the house *might* have been. We stumbled upon a relatively recent era stove, another square frame metal object that had been someones target practice, and some modern cinder blocks that were dumped in a pile by a large tree. There were absolutely no signs of where the structure might have been. So, some random blips on the Titan 9000 in mode P4-NoDisc; had me digging everything to see what it might have been.
The first hole had absolutely nothing in it. The soil was loamy sandish, with around half an inch of vegetation debris on top of it. It made for *very* easy digging with the hori-hori, but the hole never stayed clean as the ground didn’t hold its shape well enough to allow for a clean dig. There were a lot of roots that criss-crossed the hole as well, but the hori-hori has a serrated edge that made those pretty laughable as they were either cut during the push into the earth or sawn off, when they were too large.
After a while in the woods with nothing but trash; this included a foil bag of some type and an aluminum bar that looked to be from a window screen or something similar, it was time to try the other site that was around in 1952. As we were leaving the woods, my daughter found one thing of interest, however, and we stuck around for another dig.
This is certainly not a modern time brick, and is likely from the original site back in 1952.
Scanning in the area brought a target that proved to be the only really interesting find, and that was a beaver tail pull tab from a can. The soil in this hole was again a loamy sand type, with a lower layer of red clay.
At the second possible site, there was only time in the day for one more dig, and this one was a better test for the hori-hori as it was red clay, and grey clay. It was a tough dig to start as there were some decent sized, roughly egg size, rocks that were in the initial 1 – 3 inches of the hole. There was a bit more force put upon the hori-hori, but the digging tool held up to the dig, and there was nothing found. Granted the hole dug was no more than two inches in diameter, and it wasn’t a real attempt to find anything but more of a test of the different ground type for the tool. After refilling the hole, it was time to go get some pizza.
The specs of this hori-hori digging tool:
Blade is Stainless Steel : The advert claims it is high quality mirror polised stainless steel… I would call it polished stainless and not high quality mirror polished stainless.
Molded plastic handle : The handle is molded to the blade, and is listed as sturdy, contoured, and has a special textured finish for a firm grip that never slips. It is also molded to the blade. I was wearing gloves while using the tool for about 90% of the time. It never felt like it was going to slide out of my grip, nor did it budge while trying to pull it out of the ground. There were several times where the blade had more resistance while pulling it out of the ground due to the clay in the second site, so I would consider this advert point pretty accurate. It is *not* a full tang, but so far that does not seem to deminish the tool at all.
The blade has inch markings on the inside of the curve, and it is marked from 1 to 6 inches.
The overall dimensions are 12.5 inches overall length, with the handle being 5 inches and the blade measuring 7.5 x 1.6 inches. It weighs 240 grams, or 8.5 ounces, and balances a tad into the blade from where the blade and handle meet.
It comes with a nylon carrying case with a belt loop, which fit nicely onto the Garret waist bag that was used for this hunt.
In the end, the tool performed very nicely and for the price point would be a welcomed item for any gear set for those out and about metal detecting. It will likely have issues with larger rocks, around 4 – 5 inches in girth, but for what was encountered in this outing there were absolutely no issues what-so-ever. I will definitely suggest that if you need one… Start here. It is rather inexpensive and decent to great quality to start with.