Customer Reviews for Leonard Deluxe Stainless Steel Soil Knife
By far....the BEST
It was a gift and the BEST gardening gift ever. I can use if for hours with never even the hint of a blister. It is indestructible
#1 tool once you know it exists
We've purchased both the deluxe and classic A.M. Leonard Soil Knives, and if you actually want to cut something with the serrated end then get the deluxe. When I got my first deluxe soil knife I figured I would have to replace it in a year like the classic (got too dull to cut anything), but the deluxe has stayed sharp and solid for over 2.5 yrs of commercial use now. I will say that as with any sharp object you should make sure to use it appropriately as it can easily cut you if given the chance. Soil knives, and this one in particular, is the #1 tool that once volunteers know it exists they purchase one for themselves immediately...just so versatile.
I wear this soil knife in the sheath on a belt all the time whenever I am outside in my yard or in my greenhouse. It is so versatile and useful....digging out a weed, cutting twine, dividing small perennials, potting plants....
Essential tool for all gardeners
Sturdy and versatile, this knife is truly one of the most indispensable tools out there. The orange handle makes it hard to lose.
Most essential tool
Love this, been using it on a nearly daily basis for over ten years- and it has lasted that long. Awesome for planting small things, making seed rows, weeding, transplanting, so many uses. I have had my original AML soil knife for ten years, and the new style for about three. Great product.
Great garden tool
This is a great garden tool. I always have it at my side. I am on my second one. First one I broke the tip on. I tried to pull out a paver brink with it. It is not a pry bar. My bad. Should have walked to garage to get another tool. I like to give this as gift to my garden friends.
ANOTHER HIGH QUALITY AND USEFUL PRODUCT. I USE MY SOIL KNIFE FOR SO MANY THING WHEN I'AM WORKING IN MY YARD IT ELIMINATES CARRYING OTHER TOOLS AROUND!
Excellent, versatile tool
I bought this soil knife after having used wooden handled-ones at a botanical garden. While I like a wooden handle, I appreciate the vivid orange plastic handle on this knife; it's not going to get lost in the garden, even if if winds up in a pile of weeds. I use it for weeding (works like a dream) and for bulb planting, and the depth markings make the bulb planting go more smoothly and give my bulbs a better chance at going in at the correct depth.
This soil knife is an indispensable tool for me. I've been using them for about 5 years commercially . From digging to cutting they can't be beat. I've only broken one in the years I've used them and Leonard's took care of it for me. So it's a well worthwhile investment.
Every Landscape Crew Member Should Have This On Thier Belt
On my first call to AM Leonard, Jackie told me I needed this tool, well....she was right. When the forst one arrived one of the guys noted that it looks like a spartan sword from the movie "300" (look at the handle shape) and with bilingual crews the term "soil knife" isn't really very simple. We simply call this awesome tool the SPARTA. On a spring morning when going out to battle against hordes of budding weeds in landscape beds, it's a morale boost for crew members to know they have a solid tool at thier side. These days every landscape crew member carries a (pruner) and one of these babies on thier belt. All the turf crews have one in the door of thier trucks as well.
If you want a three man crew to plant 140 flats of annuals in a day, for get the garden trowels, you need the Sparta. The depth gauge on the blade seemed silly to me when this model was released but if you tell the crew "plant the flowers 3" deep" and they actually have the measurement in front of them, they do a better job.
Great for Right Handers!
I so, so wish that AM Leonard would make a left-handed version, with the serration on the opposite side. For right handed people, this is a great tool. As a professional gardener, I use a soil knife every day, I own one that lives in my vehicle, and one that stays at home. Wish they were perfect for me.
Great for metal detecting! very durable! I love it!
I really like this digging tool, very nice for digging in hard and soft soils. I use mine to dig my metal detecting targets and have been happy with it's performance. In fact I have a picture of my Leonard soil knife with my first gold nugget I found!
Great tool for clay soil
I enrolled in a Master Gardener course and noticed that a lot of the members that had been in the Master Gardener group for a while had this tool. They all swore that it was the best tool they ever had. I purchased one for myself and this tool lives up to their praise. My husband used it once and then it disappeared into his tool cache, so I had to buy another one for me. We have very heavy clay soil and this tool doesn't bend or break when digging into the hard soil like other trowels and digging tools. It is also great for cutting through small roots.
Very sharp, steel corrodes
I bought this when I thought I had lost my original one, which was a Classic. This one, however, is so sharp that it is not too hard to cut yourself when digging out weeds and sticking your hand in near the knife. Also, mine has gotten corroded. I don't know if that is considered rust and, therefore, not covered under the lifetime warranty, but I don't think stainless steel should rust or corrode. I would highly recommend the classic knife, which thankfully I found and continue to use heavily. It has its original matte finish unblemished, and the serrations will not cut you.
dont go into the garden or greenhouse without it
I PUT MINE ON EVERYDAY WHEN I GO IN GARDEN IT GET FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING
My favorite gardening tool. Uses: transplanting plugs, weeding- can undercut weed roots and pull entire plant out- "saw" out crabgrass. cut leggy vines, selectively cut-out weeds, volunteers, etc. without disturbing orginal plant or mulch. Great for dividing plants or cutting weeds out of pots. Orange handle easier to find. Have given as gifts, and recommend to anyone who gardens. Must have tool.
A truly great multi-multi purpose garden tool. We never go out to the garden without these strapped on our hip or ready in the hand. Works so well in our heavy clay and limestone strewn soil. Stab, wiggle, pry for weeding deep. Great for transplanting or even slashing/sawing off big overgrown weeds.
best tool ever for avid gardeners
I was skeptical when i read the reviews at first myself so I thought I would give it a chance. Best gardening tool i have ever bought and one of the cheapest in price but not quality. Recommend this product to anyone who spends any time in their yard try it you will love it also.
An amazing tool, works great in the soil as noted but is also spectacular at removing pesky vines (vinca/euonymous)...blade cuts right through em and the trowel digs out the runners. Perfect combo. I can't imagine using anything else for it
I'm on my third one - they are absolutely amazing. If only, I didn't keep misplacing them. Can't garden without it. Am purchasing several now for gifts for gardening friends.
best tool ever
i got this as a present several years ago. I use this for everything in the yard. It is the one tool I always grab for yard & garden work.
A "Must Have" gardening tool!
This tool now goes everywhere outside with me. Once you use it you will wonder how you ever survived without it. I'm buying one for my market garden daughter!
This knife is great for transplanting and weeding. Was also super speedy in delivering this product.
the best gardening tool I ever purchased
This knife plus sheath is ideal for planting bulbs and small potted plants since you can work the soil, cut roots and prepare a proper transfer site with one tool. It deserves 5 stars.
Love this knife!
Made in Italy of Swedish steel, should last forever. (I never buy anything made of Chinese steel - always breaks.) Just got it, and I don't go outside without it. Cuts through anything, great for transplanting, dividing, weeding, digging out taproots. Now I need the sheath.
All tool replace many
I love this soil knife. It replaced many small garden tools I used to carry. With this knife, I can do planting, weeding and many many more task. Highly recommend it.
Hi Viz Garden Tool
Knife and sheath are of high quality. The sheath has a belt and clip on option. The serrations will cut roots with ease and the notch is a perfect twine cutter. The depth gauge and lanyard hole are nice additions too. Blaze orange will make it easy to spot in the garden.
Great. Works very well in cutting small up to 1/2 inch roots. the cutting edge is durable.
love my soil knife
We garden in the Land of Red Clay, and this tool has been a life-saver: even with arthritic hands I can cut through the soil with ease--makes weeding a breeze. Wish I'd found it years ago. Thanks!
Every gardener and landscaper NEEDS this tool! And they need the sheath too! Our boss, Mark P. introduced the soil knife to us. I had one for over a year and have mislade it somewhere, so, before landscaping season comes again, I ordered a replacement knife.
LOVE this soil knife
This is the most useful tool I own for my garden. Use it for digging out stubborn weeds, preparing holes for my plants, cutting twine, and trimming small twigs. There are so many uses for this sturdy tool. I have purchased at least 6 so far as gifts. My husband uses his for digging out the holes of moles..little buggers. So if you have any hesitation about the quality of this knife, I assure you it's the finest. Well worth the price.
Soil knife is awesome!
Someone showed me the soil knife for the first time at a landscape show. When I realized the person singing its praises wasn't a salesman but a fellow customer at the booth, I bought it. I loved it! It's perfect for weeding, planting annuals and numerous other benefits. I bought one for my whole staff.
Although I've been gardening a long time I only discovered soil knives last fall when looking on-line for replacement trowels. And I was only looking on-line for trowels because I couldn't find any good ones in local stores. Once I discovered the existance of soil knives, I did extensive on-line research & comparison of them and decided to invest in this one. (I chose to get the sheath as well because I can be a little dangerous to myself with sharp objects.) It arrived in time for me to use it to remove, for over-winter storage, bulbs that had summered in a huge pot. The immense amount of roots had foiled previous attemps by two of us, but the knife slickly and quickly released the bulbs for proper storage. I can see this knife making many of my gardening chores much easier.
Can't garden without it!
This is the most versatile, useful garden tool I own. The size is perfect and the handle comfortable. I always carry it with me when working in the garden. The serrated edge is great for cutting small roots and loosening roots in pot-bound plants before placing them in the ground.
I replaced my dandelion digger and trowel.
I read a weekly news article by our county extension agent, telling about the usefulness and versatility of a soil knife. Although a Master Gardener (a few years ago), this was new to me, and I purchased one. I tried it out this fall planting bulbs, and it was great. I wear a small garden tool apron that keeps my most used tools handy, to cut down on running back and forth in my large yard. The soil knife will definitely be in it--replacing a couple other utensils.
My Favorite Tool
I have tough clay soil and having gone through multiple trowels each season for several years, I decided it was time to look for something sturdy. This it it! I've had mine for 6 years and have bought a couple for friends as well. I no longer even take my trowel to the garden, this tool does everything and more that any trowel can do.
Weeding Made Easy - And Enjoyable
I've been amazed at how easily and quickly I am able to move through the flower beds and garden, using this knife for weeding. It goes into the earth and cuts through stubborn roots with very little effort, so it's easy on my wrists. I also like the option of the sheath for keeping the knife handy and protected. I find I am spending more time working in the yard, and enjoying it. I'm glad I listened to my Master Gardener and bought this knife from you.
The Best Garden Tool
I love this garden tool. It is the one tool I always want to have on hand, because you can use it to do so many chores. It is well made and very strong. I don't know how any gardener could live without one.
Must have garden Tool
Has so many uses: opens containers, gets the whole root when weeding, digging holes for annuals, cutting string, prying open or lifting objects. The orange handle makes it easy to spot in the garden. Each employee has and uses one.
Soil Knife is a Can-Do-All Tool
Superb for getting those bulbs 6" down. Very sharp edge cuts through roots quickly and easily. Soil knife allows me to work in a tight area
when I need to. Just terrific.
Leonard Soil Knife
This is one of the best garden tools I have ever bought and I use it for everything in the garden and yard from planting to weeding and everything in between. I never go out to the yard or garden without it. Wish I would have bought one 30 years ago.
Best new tool in years!
Although this is a simple tool, the results are really impressive. The soil knife is tough, easy to use, has a variety of uses, weeding, planting, cutting, and measuring. You can't break it - you can only marvel at it!
I LOVE MY LEONARD SOIL KNIFE
A MUST HAVE TOOL FOR EVERY GARDEN. I have several friends who are master gardeners in our state and for over two years they told me about this knife but did I listen? NO. Now I know that this knife is indispensable in every garden. I bought this knife last spring for myself and now I am purchasing another one. I use it constantly in my vegetable garden, digging weeds, planting new plants, planting seeds, cutting string for tying up plants and digging up the results of my garden. I do not use a garden spade any longer since I have this knife. The reason I need another knife is that I leave the knife in the garden and all of my flowers are on the other side of the house and I was running back and forth. The knife and sheath that I purchased in December was for my brother-in-law. He is retired and grows about two acres of vegetables. Some of the vegetables are sold fresh at farmer's markets and some are used by my sister to can for sale at farmers markets and to fill their table all winter
You Gotta Love a Good Tool
I bought the soil knife after working with a friend who had one. It is sturdy, well made and best of all, versatile! And having seen it elsewhere for a higher price, it was also a good value. Digging, weeding, cutting all kinds of things, dividing plants, or just simply impressing the neighbors - this knife does it all. The sheath is also quite heavy duty, unlike some that I have seen for sale. It's a great tool that I highly recommend.
Best garden tool!
I love this knife! I've had others for years, but they keep getting lost or swallowed up in my garden because the handles are wood. The brightly colored handle is a great help in keeping track of where the tool is, as well as more durable over time than wood. Great for digging out grass and dandelions from deep under the root. I bought this for all my friends who are gardeners and they love it too.
Leonard Soil Knife
I purchased my first knife 12 years ago at a Hosta College and have since bought a number of them for gifts to gardening friends. We owe three of them ourselves, one for myself, one for my husband and one for the garden room. This knife is very adaptable for the multiple tasks required in gardening. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in gardening.
Leonard Soil Knife
I ordered two and gave one to a friend. It is a great tool. I have used it for so many things from cutting the string off pine straw bales, to planting bulbs, dirting weeds. The great thing is that I can keep it in its sheath, in the house and it is ready for a quick trip to the yard, the green house or work with house plants.
Best Gardening Tool Ever!
I bought one of these several years ago, and I use it every day during gardening season. It's extremely sturdy and the perfect tool for weeding, digging up small plants, and cutting through tree roots. After raving about this tool for several years, my sister-in-law had to have one, too. I gave it to her as a Christmas gift, and she says it's the best present she received. She can't wait for spring when she can use it to dig in her garden.
A must have tool!
This soil knive has replaced my trowel. It doesn't bend like a trowel and is narrow so its great for planting annuals and bulbs. The handle is much more comfortable-no more blisters! The serration is wonderful for cutting throught compacted soil and roots. It is also a great tool for weeding! I have bought one for each of my crew members and my gardening family members! It ranks right up there with my steele spade and felco 2 prunners as tools I could not do without!
We were given this soil knife by a professional gardener. It has become our number one tool. We purchased another one for ourselves because we would race to see who would claim it first. We also bought one as a gift for one of our volunteers. It's perfect.
Best garden tool I have ever had!
This soil knife far exceeds any one gardening tool I have ever tried. I am responsible for the planting of over 25,000 annuals on a college campus and this is all my crew uses to get the job done. It is incredibly durable - some of ours have been used extensively for 5 years and show no sign of quitting! I have employees who have moved on and come back to tell me that they have introduced this to their new place of employment and they love it too!
Best tool I own.
The soil knife is the one tool I have with me all the time in the garden, after my gloves. It digs out weeds, digs planting holes, cuts roots, cuts twine, and marks seed rows. I have purchased one for every family member I have who gardens. It was praised at our master garden meeting and given out to our retiring officer. On my recommendation, my friend has also purchased them for all her garden friends. It is built to last. I immediately bought another one after misplacing mine in the garden. The sheath is wonderful for keeping it clean.
Quality Counts with this Deluxe Soil Knife
This garden tool is multi-purpose - from digging up obnoxious weeds to dividing perennials. The design and feel of the knife in your hand enables easy handling and precise use. The shield keeps the knife sharp and allows the knife protection as well as keeping it close at hand on your belt. It is care free stainless steel for easy clean-up. This multi-purpose knife is used for all my vegetable and flower gardens. A must for any serious gardener!
Last year I lost my Leonard Soil Knife and bought what I thought was a good replacement from another company, larger and green. It was awkward to use and part of its hilt stuck into my palm. It didn't feel like an extension of my hand as the Leonard one does. I bought another Leonard soil knife and I have to say its weight, shape, and cutting edge makes it again my favorite tool of all. I haven't used a trowel for years.
Best Knife I Own
I bought my soil knife several years ago because I liked the discription in the catalog. Then a few years later I bought my daughter one for her birthday and she too likes her knife. This past Christmas I bought one for my daughter-in-law and am anxious to see how she will like come garden working time. The only dilike I have compared to theirs is that they have soil depth numebers on theirs. That is a good feature.
Leonard Soil Knife
This is the best soil knife you'll ever find. Plus, the best price I could find on the internet. I already had one and bought one for my daughter for Christmas.
I purchased my soil knife after several friends recommended it. I absolutely love it. It is very versatile.
soil knife and sheath
I love the knife. I first discovered it at our demonstration gardens for Master Gardeners. I knew I had to own one for myself. I use my new knife for everything in my garden. I even smooth soil with it. I planted my spring bulbs to the right height inmy pots. I love to weed with this tool. We have alot of pavers so I can get shot weeds and moss out easily. It cleans nicely also. Thank you.
Leonard Soil Knife with Sheath
I used a friend's Leonard Soil Knife and I was immediately sold. It was light weight, sharp and easy to grip. I was able to easily replant my entire backyard flower display much easier and quicker than in the past. Keeping the knife in its sheath on my belt kept me from continually looking all over to see where I had last laid it down. I highly recommend this handy tool.
The best garden tool.
This tool makes many gardening tasks easier. I have given many of them as gifts to many happy receipiants.
Tool to carry with your clippers
We love this tool. It is so versatile. You can dig and plant with it, remove weeds, measure depths and the newest version has a sharp place for cutting twine. Very strong blade - can use it to pry stubborn roots out.
We have a nursery and this is one tool we all carry with us along with the clippers.
The most versatile garden tool ever!
My husband bought this knife for me as a Christmas gift last year and it sure beat the heck out of the bicycle pump he bought me for my birthday! I use it all the time in the garden for everything from planting bulbs to cutting out dead perenials. It has been the one constant in my gardening bag since I first used it. It is sharp, so watch out, but that's just what you want in a soil knife. I have since purchase 6 for friends, relatives and clients. They have all had the same reaction....what a great tool!
Best tool in the shed
Bought one for my girlfrind a few years ago. She uses it all the time in her rock/suculant garden the knife doesn't wear out. I bought one for her daughter this year.
The "other" hori-hori
I bought one for myself after using the same model on a volunteer project and I'm glad I did. In my 40 years of gardening, I'd never even heard of a hori-hori before last year. Now I don't know how I've gotten along without one. It's great for all kinds of planting, weeding and root-pruning jobs. I prefer this model over the wooden-handled hori-hori also offered by A.M.Leonard for a couple of reasons. The high-density plastic handle promises to be more durable than the wood, but more importantly the orange color helps insure that I won't lose it in my garden like I have, at one time or another, nearly every tool I own that doesn't have a brightly colored handle or that I've neglected to tie a piece of fluorescent surveyor's ribbon to. I originally bought it without the leather sheath, which was a mistake. There's no other good way to carry it around without risking harm to clothing, skin or the knife blade itself. I've also given the hori-hori and sheath combination as a gift and it was much a
Amazing, well designed Soil Knife!
This soil knife has been very well designed -- easy to hold (even with my medium to small hands!), very sharp edges, very useful twine cutter and depth measurement marks. I bought it with the sheath holder -- only caveat is that after use and cleaning, let the knife dry completely before storing in the holder. I have used this knife for digging up weeds in pea gravel, cutting roots to unwanted trees and shrubs, and other general yard gardening uses. I consider this tool as essential as my good hand pruners -- don't walk out the back door without them!
I love this soil knife. I used one when I worked at a botanical garden and it was everyone's favorite tool. They were always getting snatched to be used by others on the staff! Great for cutting tough roots, digging for planting, weeding, everything.
Nice tool for all of my applications! Very durable.
Broke in the first 10 minutes of its life
I had heard a lot of great things about this tool. So when someone gave me a new one earlier this month, I was pretty excited. However, within the first 5 - 10 minutes of me ever using the tool, the blade snapped off at the hilt. I was trying to dislodge some minor seedings... lyre-leaf salvia and echinacea in loose, damp soil. Nothing challenging.
A.M. Leonard Replies:
At that url, he further adds: "I emailed the makers of the Leonard Soil Knife, and two of their employees emailed me back Monday morning with many apologies. Apparently the tool I got was part of a bad batch involving poorly-tempered steel (and a lot of broken blades). They have since solved the production issue, and upgraded the tool with a few extra features. Having a job based in production, I know these things can and do happen. They have mailed me a new one. All they wanted in return was a picture of the broken one. As a bonus, it’s the upgrad
THE BEST TOOL EVER
Originally purchased as a weeder, but it is so much more. Excellent at getting in to the soil down to the roots. The serrated edge cuts bulb foliage like a hot knife through butter. This is definitely the "go to" tool on our jobs. Fits nicely in my back pocket - trust me you'll want it handy. One was not enough.
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