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Leonard Classic Stainless Steel Soil Knife

# 4750
In Stock
15 @ $ 19.39
> 6 @ $ 16.39
Weight: 0.400000 lbs

Member-tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club!

Lifetime warranty. Our classic soil knife is made by one of the world's finest manufacturers of quality Swedish steel tools. This 3-in-1 landscaping tool digs, cuts and saws; plus it excels at rock removal, weeding, planting, dividing crowns, and cutting roots. The 6-inch stainless steel blade has a tapered slicing edge with mild serrations on one side. The one piece molded composite handle is designed with a wide guard. Blade is 1-3/4 inches wide and 11-3/4 inches long; sheath sold separately.

Features:
  • Matte finish stainless steel
  • Shorter, milder serrations for root cutting
  • Larger grip guard
  • Customer favorite for years
  • Lifetime warranty
The Gardening Products Review put our classic soil knife to the test, stating that "the A.M. Leonard Classic Soil Knife's design is similar to others on the market, and it shines, literally, in the details." Read the full review from GPReview here.

Specs

  • 6" x 1 3/4" blade
  • Overall length is 11 3/4"
  • Weighs .8 lbs. SHEATH IS NOT INCLUDED(Product Number 4750s)

Product Features

  • One serrated edge
  • One sharpened edge
  • Bright orange handle

Product Benefits

Use this tool to:
  • Dig weeds out of your flowerbeds and lawn
  • Scrape weeds out of cracks in your drive, walk, patio, etc.
  • Plant bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers
  • Dig tender bulbs and corms for winter storage
  • Plant annual flowers, herbs, perennials, vegetables, ornamental grasses
  • Use the curved blade to scrape backfill soil back into holes
  • Loosen matted mulch to improve water and fertilizer penetration
  • Loosen crusted and compacted soils
  • Cut sod to size during installation
  • Prep root bound container plants for replanting by slicing through the ball to open girdling roots
  • Chop the greens off your root vegetables
  • Saw through roots, then grab them out
  • Divide perennials and ornamental grasses
  • Dig a shallow furrow to direct-seed a row of vegetable seeds
  • Use as a trowel, transplanter or a dibble
  • Closely cultivate to plants
  • Mix your own potting mixes
  • Mix soil when adding amendments
  • Dig out stones, rocks and other debris
  • Harvest shallow rooted vegetables like onions and baby carrots
  • Incorporate granular fertilizer into the top layer of soil
  • Incorporate granular pre-emergent herbicides into the top layer of soil
  • Make pilot holes for bamboo, tomato cages, tree fertilizer stakes, identification stakes, reflective sticks, flags, survey stakes, garden torches, trellises, spike sprinklers, pH meters, and more
  • Dig out soil for underground irrigation sprinkler heads to repair and adjust
  • Clean mud out of cleats on boots
  • Cut a slot for short installations of landscape edging
  • Break up ice dams for better drainage
  • Use sideways to dig out those hard-to-reach leaves under shrubs
  • Use as a temporary stake to tie on string to lay straight rows in your garden
  • Cut a plug out of turf to check thatch levels, moisture content, and soil profile
  • Block a wheel on your cart or wheelbarrow when parked on a hill
  • Chop up lumps of soil
  • Dig out stepping stones and brick walkways for replacement or repair
  • Dig holes to add Terra-sorb to existing plants, inside and out
  • Make a trench to install soaker hose, then use sideways to backfill over the top
  • Secure one end of frost protection and other fabrics to the ground when you lay it out on a windy evening so you make a 2-person job a 1-person job

Warranty

A.M. Leonard, Inc. warrants its tools identified as "Leonard Premium tools" to be free from material or workmanship defects for the life of the tool. A.M. Leonard, Inc. will replace or repair faulty tools at its sole discretion. Tools need to be sent postage prepaid to A.M. Leonard, Inc. 241 Fox Drive, Piqua, Ohio 45356. This warranty does not cover damage due to abuse, rust, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Changes in design, finish, material specifications, etc. may be made without notice and without implying any obligation or recourse upon A.M. Leonard, Inc.

Review Summary (Based on 55 Reviews)

Customer Reviews for Leonard Classic Stainless Steel Soil Knife

5 Stars

Stainless Steel Soil Knife - can't garden without it!

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The tool was originally given to me as a gift. I now have six of them (one for each gardening location). It's the most useful gardening tool that I own.

5 Stars

BESDT & MOST VERSATILE AND USEFUL TOO IN MY GARDENING TOOLS

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this is the first version of the garden knife I bought years ago---I recently purchased it again as I misplaced mine in the garden and have not yet found it---and I certainly can't imagine trying to garden without it. I also bought the deluxe version and both are the best garden tools I ever bought---I use them constantly. If I had to part with all of my other garden tools and just keep one tool this knife would be the thing I kept, without a doubt. I absolutely LOVE it and consider it the best garden tool I ever bought!

5 Stars

Must Have Tool

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A great basic gardening tool, that is versatilein its use. It is very well made and comfortable in hand.

5 Stars

The best ever!!

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This is the best and most durable garden tool I have ever had. Excellent for planting, weeding and trimming perennials . I belong to a garden club and we all have one or two!!!!!

5 Stars

Amazing, my whole family now owns one!

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My aunt, the gardentire expert, had one and I got to use, will never use another garden tool again. This thing can do anything!

5 Stars

Great Tool

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I have one of these and had purchased one for my husband as we are avid gardeners. I ordered two more as my grandchildren have grown up enough to really help in the garden. I thought they needed good tools so their work would be easier and more efficient. They have used them several times now to help me and they love the garden knives and their efforts are sooooo much better. They are getting the weeds out all the way down to the root instead of just scraping at it. I love this tool and the grandchildren are learning that having the correct and quality tools makes the work sooooooo much better.

5 Stars

Best soil knife ever!!

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Bought this soil knife for my wife, she loves the comfy handle and the lifetime warranty!!

5 Stars

My most useful tool

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I have been using a Leonard Stainless Steel Soil Knife for years to dig out weeds, plant bulbs and smaller plants, and cut back shrub branches while weeding. It is the garden tool I use the most. I bought this second one because sometimes I need leverage in two directions to remove very large weeds or tree seedlings and I don't have to worry that these very sturdy soil knives will break or bend.

5 Stars

Best garden tool

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This is my favorite of all garden tools. Unfortunately, i have lost two of these over the years and absolutely needed replacements!

5 Stars

great knife

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bought this for all my employees for diigging, cutting and all around useful tool

5 Stars

Soil Knife

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I don't think I could garden without my garden knife! It is the best tool for transplanting, weeding, planting--you name it. Never wears out. Only problemis me--I need a metal detector to find the knives that I have lost in mh garden over the years, but it would have been more without that bright orange handle. This is the perfect gift for my Master Gardener friends!

5 Stars

irrigation tech

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"This tool is used by me in the irrigation tech trade for straightening heads, opening valve boxes, cutting away grass at valve box openings, Etc, just love the power of this tool you can lean on it and it won,t bend "

5 Stars

SOIL KNIFE

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This knife is so amazing that I have purchased two additional knifes to give as gifts to friends and relatives. I use it to divide tough stuff like day lillies etc. It also lends itself well as a planting instrument.

5 Stars

Best tool ever

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A must have tool for anyone who likes to get dirty. From weeding to planting, this tool is perfect in every way. It is sturdy and fits perfectly in my hand. Don't waste your money on the hand rakes or shovels from the big box stores. This one is all you need!

5 Stars

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Had one. Somehow it was tossed in trash. I freaked but was SO happy to find it again!

5 Stars

A must have!

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I started landscaping as a job and we use these all the time in the flowerbeds. I liked them so much I bought one for myself! They are very sturdy and durable; clients tend to call them a danerous weapon!;)

4 Stars

Stainless Steel Soil Knife

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A neighbor introduced me to this product many years ago. I liked hers so well I asked her to order me seven of these tools, one for each of my six children and one for me. Over the years two of my children's knives snapped off at the handle, but these work so well that I reordered two more to replace theirs. The rest of the knives are well used and guarded like gold. I will replace them again if needed. I think they snapped off because they were not being used for what they were intended. Tree roots were the problem.

5 Stars

Steel Soil Knife Just Works

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Excellent garden tool on multiple levels from working in soil with rocks, heavy roots, or heavy clay.

5 Stars

Solid and Simple

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Really simple tool that does the trick. Mostly use it for weeding, but I also occasionally use it for transplanting and direct seeding bigger seeds.

5 Stars

Soil Knife

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Sturdy,dependable. I use it to divide plants and also to open a small hole for planting small plants.

5 Stars

Best hand tool in the tool box

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Great handy tool.

5 Stars

Leonard Soil Knife

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I was devastated when I lost my first soil knife after over 10 years of use so I bought 2 more-one for my wife. Undoubtedly the most useful gardening tool I have ever used!

3 Stars

Get the deluxe soil knife

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First off it takes a lot to break this tool... essentially it may make you feel invincible for a second and you might try to do something with it that you should never do and that may break it but used accordingly it is a sturdy little tool. When you work as a horticulturist or naturalist one of your everyday pieces of equipment that you keep on body is a soil knife. My company has a combination of the deluxe and classic soil knives on hand for volunteers and employees. The serrations on the classic never even start as sharp as the deluxe and they dull a lot faster! If you are afraid of cutting yourself, such as you are on medication that thins your blood, then perhaps that is a quality that you'd prefer. However it essentially makes the tool a thin but very sturdy hand trowel instead of a knife. If you value the cutting ability of a soil knife to get through roots and any random saplings you randomly need to cut through then splurge the extra $3 and get the deluxe. All staff much prefer the deluxe to the classic for this versatility; with the deluxe soil knife in hand if you suddenly see a 1.5" grapevine that needs cutting you can easily make do. The Leonard Deluxe Soil Knife is the #1 tool that volunteers pursue in obtaining for their personal use once they know it exists, especially for those looking for a tool that can serve as both a regular garden tool and a weapon against invasive or non-native species.

5 Stars

Awesome.

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If a hand shovel can be bent, cracked, or otherwise destroyed, I will do it. The AM Leonard soil knife is one of the highest quality tools I've ever owned. It's amazing. It's also well balanced, and great for throwing.

5 Stars

The. Best. Tool. Ever!

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I bought it to replace my hori hori because the handle was more durable, more comfortable and easier to find than the traditional wooden handle. It lives in my back pocket when I'm gardening.

5 Stars

Love the Color

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After purchasing one I ordered about a half dozen and gave to family and friends. Many, many uses for this tool but to me the important feature of it is the handle color. Can easily be found when using it cause not many other tools are orange in color as when working I will often stick it in the ground near-by and it will be very visible when I reach for it again.

5 Stars

Indispensable!

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Love this tool! I use it for everything...digging, cutting edges, splitting roots for transplanting, .....you name it, it does it. It never wears out and is comfortable in my hand.

4 Stars

Great shovel, but Deluxe Knife is even better

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This is a great hand shovel / knife and the only reason I gave it 4/5 instead of a 5/5 rating is because I have used the Deluxe Stainless Steel Soil Knife, and the serrated edge is much better on the Deluxe model. We own a landscaping company and plant over 3,000 flats of annuals a year in addition to using the shovels for monthly maintenance (weeding) and fall clean-up (cutting down perennials). We were having issues with shovels wearing down and breaking, and having to carry a separate knife to cut things down. Quality has never been an issue with these shovels (soil knifes) and have never broken one. Well worth the extra couple of dollars, because the quality is unbelievable. Only issue we have now with the shovels is when guys leave them at places, although the orange handle makes it easier to find. The serrated edge is good for most people, but definitely be careful that you don't cut yourself with it.

4 Stars

Great for metal detecting

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I use this knife for retrieving targets while metal detecting. It cuts a very nice "plug" and seems like it'll last a long time. The handle is a tad bit uncomfortable after a while, but that is a minor complaint.

5 Stars

Love it!

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I care for a 4 acre garden on a community college. Our soil is good old diablo clay. Hard to penetrate and a regular trowel just doesn't cut it. I carry the soil knife in the pruner/knife sheath holster all the time. It easily penetrates our hard soil to root out weeds. Great for planting pony packs. Will be purchasing more for our department!

5 Stars

What tool to grab out of the garden box

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What a great tool to have. I have bought many different and useful tools for doing the job of weeding and digging right down to finding moles. This tool is the one I grab frequently. Easy to pull out and easy to use. Never thought about a knife like the one I purchased could have so many uses. My wife and I share this one. A second one could be on its way.

5 Stars

my new favorite tool

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I needed a high quality all around tool for myself and my crew. We have al become fiercly protective of our soil knives. The tool is well blanced, feels good in your hand. It works equally well as a weeder and a trowel. The serrated edge is great for tap roots, the very sharp notch cutter is good for getting rid of underground landscape twine on b & b stock, forgotten by previous contractors but not rotten! Well done for offering the perfect tool.

5 Stars

Mighty Soil Knife

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I bought this knife two years ago, but never used it. My garden was neglected, horrific weeds grew in my planters. Sighing at what I thought would be a monumental task - cleaning out my planters - I grabbed my knife, started digging/slicing and heard a chorus of angels singing. The knife cut through roots and hard soil like butter. Even the woody remains of who-knows-what succumbed to my mighty knife. Thank you, A.M. Leonard.

5 Stars

My most trusted tool - the Soil Knife

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I absolutely love it. Been using one for about 12+ years. Best tool I ever purchased! In fact, I am now purchasing another to be given as one of the gifts for our master gardener holiday party in Manatee Country, Floriad

5 Stars

Top Notch

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Cuts roots, weeds, and plastic containers. This is the last trowel that you will ever have to buy.

5 Stars

Tough little jewel!

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I use this knife almost daily to dig up and replace sprinkler heads and it is the best tool for the job. The only complaint I have is that my coworkers always “borrow” it, and forget to return it.

5 Stars

does all it claims

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I love my soil knife and have to keep it hidden from my husband, because he loves it too. It serves so many purposes in the veg garden: cutting string, harvesting asparagus, trimming plants, popping weeds out of the ground, cultivating close the stem....have been using it lately to plant bulbs--it's perfect for cutting a small hole at the correct depth by using the measurement marks on the knife, and it allows me to scatter the bulbs wherever I like so they can naturalize.

5 Stars

U need this!

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I have had three of these over the years....and they are the best all in one tool on your belt.....planting color, weeding beds, chopping and cutting roots, etc....well worth the money....

4 Stars

Leonard Classic Soil Knife (#4750)

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The Classic Soil Knife is great for general gardening and yard work. But this year, the weeds were tuff and our soil was dry and hard. I wish I would have purchased the "sharp" Leonard Soil Knife (#4752).

5 Stars

My all-time favorite garden tool.

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I have been using one of the classic soil knives for years and I have always found it to be a perfect and indispensable tool. I recently bought three more for my students to use in our school garden and they are the first tools they grab for most garden jobs. I hope to purchase a few more this year so they don't have to fight over them. Quality wise...I still have the first Classic Soil Knife that I purchased over 8 years ago. They almost indestructible and the orange hand makes them easy to spot and less likely to be left at a job site (a big plus with students). This tool is well worth the cost!

5 Stars

this soil knife is wonderful

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I have purchased many of these knives! I have 3 myself, and have given many as gifts to family, friends, and speakers at my Master Gardener programs. I use the knife for many purposes: basic digging, dividing perennials, planting seedlings, and even hacking through poison ivy in the woods. I love the orange handle, I can always find it after laying it down somewhere in the garden. I own 3 and have them in 3 different sites in the garden. That way I always have one close at hand. This tool replaced a trowel, hoe, garden row marker, bulb planter, and hand rake. Now I only need my soil knife!

5 Stars

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The best yard tool around. I have 2 and have gotten several others for friends. Everyone loves it. One friend told me she was mad at me for never telling her about the best tool ever until now. Every gardener needs this tool. You will never go without it again!!!!

5 Stars

E-mail Request

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Main thing I like is the bump on the handle so your hand does not slip to the knife.

5 Stars

Once used, can't live without it

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A friend let me borrow hers for weeding and I bought 2 for myself and 2 for gifts. The most used and useful tool that I own.

5 Stars

Great tool!

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Used it often this summer - edges are nice and sharp,

5 Stars

The tool I'm never without

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I've used this wonderful... not really fair to just call it a knife; I use it for so many things... weeder, planter, bag opener, and the ridges on the side make it a great edger. It is a great gift for gardening friends!

5 Stars

Classic Soil Knife

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This knife was given to me as a gift, and has been the best garden tool I have ever owned. I have since bought two more, because I don't ever want to be without it. Great for pulling weeds!!

5 Stars

Single best garden tool

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My wife and I bought our first soil knife and leather sheath about ten years ago. We quickly found that we both wanted to use it so we bought a second one. We have a very large garden and also maintain a large butterfly garden we planted on city property at the entrance to our subdivision. We never go into the gardens without the soil knives sheathed on our belts so they are always available. They are indispensable for weeding and planting annuals and small perennials. I wear it when I mow the lawn so I can pop out the occasional weed when I spot it or scrape the errant straggler out of the sidewalk cracks. It opens plastic bags of mulch or soil with one easy swipe and is great for lifting, leveling and resetting my cantaloupe-sized border rocks. After 10 years of use, I broke the blade on my knife while prying at a stubborn root. I don't think I was using excessive force and know that I have used it for tougher jobs many times over the years, but it broke about a half inch from the handle.

4 Stars

Strong and multi-purpose

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This gardening knife has been one of the most important garden tools for my volunteers and myself. The strong blade works well in the clay soil we have for both planting and weeding. And we especially like the bright orange handle, which makes it more difficult to lose!

5 Stars

Can't Live Without It

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The AM Leonard Soil Knife is wonderful. I can't imagine working without it. Not only is it super useful for weeding, planting, and cutting open bags, it also looks cool too!

5 Stars

Best Weeder

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We have a nursery with acres of plants in display gardens and in the field, which means acres of weeding. We have 3 soil knives for 5 of us and we all go for the soil knives when we're weeding. Best weeder ever. Thanks AM Leonard.

5 Stars

Soil Knife

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I bought this in the spring as my annual gardening tool to myself. It is a wonderful tool. It's the one I carry most of the time. It is comfortable, beautiful, useful, easy to spot, and easy to clean.

5 Stars

Owned since 2000

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This is the finest soil knife I have ever owned. Love this one w/o the notch cord cutter.

5 Stars

Indispensable

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I care for 2 very large gardens in a public botanical garden and carry the classic soil knife at all times as it has made my weeding chores much more pleasant. The finish shows no corrosion after several years' use, and the mild serrations are enough to cut through some roots but not through skin (unlike the newer 4752, which has become corroded and has cut me). This tool seems indestructible.

5 Stars

Simply the BEST gardening hand tool available!

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I received a soil knife about 8-9 years ago as gift from my mother-in-law who was active in her local garden club. Her gardener recommended the soil knife to her. It is simply marvelous! I have purchased a second knife for my husband. We use them constantly in our large landscaped yard. I have used them extensively for years as a gardener for several businesses and homeowners. I am purchasing 2 today as gifts. Everyone who gardens with me wants one! This is the one tool that every gardener of every age should use! Thanks so much for a terrific product!

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Member-tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club!

Lifetime warranty. Our classic soil knife is made by one of the world's finest manufacturers of quality Swedish steel tools. This 3-in-1 landscaping tool digs, cuts and saws; plus it excels at rock removal, weeding, planting, dividing crowns, and cutting roots. The 6-inch stainless steel blade has a tapered slicing edge with mild serrations on one side. The one piece molded composite handle is designed with a wide guard. Blade is 1-3/4 inches wide and 11-3/4 inches long; sheath sold separately.

Features:
  • Matte finish stainless steel
  • Shorter, milder serrations for root cutting
  • Larger grip guard
  • Customer favorite for years
  • Lifetime warranty
The Gardening Products Review put our classic soil knife to the test, stating that "the A.M. Leonard Classic Soil Knife's design is similar to others on the market, and it shines, literally, in the details." Read the full review from GPReview here.