As a landscaper, we employ a lot of different guys who all seem to have thier favorite bed weeding tool for spring clean ups. The Cape Cod Weeder is the the most popular choice and the half dozen we have get a lot of use. Within about 3 weeks of buying the first batch the blade pulled out of the handle. In Columbus we have very heavy clay soil and the use we gave these tools might better be described as abuse. Jackie, our super-sales-girl at AM Leonard, quickly sent out replacements (they are always great to deal with) but my guys destroyed those tools as well. So if you run into this problem there is a super easy fix. On a drill press make a small hole through the metal collar, the wooden handle and the steel shank of the blade, then drop a short cotter pin in the hole, and BAM!! your one minute of work provides a tool that lasts through more than two years of daily use and abuse.
As a master gardener, I've tried many types of hand tools. The cape cod weeder is the best all-round garden tool ever. I not only 'weed' with it, but dig holes to plant transplants, lift paving stones, cultivate mulch, make straight rows for seeds, and scrape out the bottom of the lawn mower. A Felco hand prunner and a cape cod weeder is all you need for daily garden chores!
Honestly, I lost my Cape Cod Weeder last year, and just shudder to go into my garden without it. It works like an extension to your arm. We have wire grass in the yard, and it obviously gets into the garden. This is the best tool for the job! Also, as I'm going around the beds, I can edge with this puppy too! It's sharp, angled perfectly, and very easy to manipulate. I've used it for years in professional beds - it can help lever edging rocks as well. My kids love this tool too (which is why it's gone missing!). I've ordered three so I always have one available for myself, and two for the kids as it makes gardening fun for them vs a chore.
I love this tool. It's lightweight, fits my hand well and is great for close weeding and tight spaces. It also works well for weeding between pavers and sidewalk cracks.
This is the type of tool that I use all the time for getting out difficult to reach weed roots, etc., The long handle and slender design are ideal for this purpose; it is well made and attractive (which never hurts) but most importantly, it gets the job done!