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How excited could you possibly get about a rake? The answer: very freaking excited. With its smooth-turned, Forest Stewardship Council certified ash wood handle and hand-forged stainless steel tines, this rake is an absolute dream. It is lightweight, nimble, sturdy, and perfectly flexible-Ideal for clearing leaves and debris from around plants (an eternal problem in our perennial medicinal garden, where the woody stems of Rosemary and the mounding branches of our St. John's Wort are endlessly full of random woodsy detritus). A slender friend for when you can't be asked to bend over.
About the line: There is a certain feeling to picking up a well-made tool. It is balanced and beautiful, natural and nuanced, potent and powerful. It is a deeply human feeling, the same one that the huntress feels for the sling, the poet feels for the pen, or the warrior for the sword. When acknowledged, it gives an almost mystical majesty to the most mundane tasks and it is that feeling which often makes a tool a "favorite". Sneeboer tools have it in...spades. Hand-forged in Holland from rust-resistant stainless steel with simple, beautiful hand-turned hardwood handles, these tools are as hardy as they are handsome. The 4th generation line also has a deep commitment to maximizing both aesthetic and functionality-which means classic tools get subtle, thoughtful updates or pared down their essential forms. Using this line of Dutch implements is as great a pleasure as watching a garden flourish.