Hand Forged Dutch Maubach Offset Garden Trowel

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The original version of this trowel was designed in 1920 by Georg Arends, a Prussian horticulturalist known for his groundbreaking work with herbaceous perennials (so, basically our favorite). The wider, flatter, tapered blade makes it easier to dig planting holes, while simultaneously creating the perfect shaped hole with one pass. And should your hand slip, the flat top across the blade ensures that you won't hurt yourself on the sides. This version is named for Georg's great-grandaughter, Anja Maubach, who now runs the Arends nursery.

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.

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