What Is A Hori Hori Knife Used For?

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 04/12/21 •  4 min read

Did you know?

Hori Hori knife is basically a Japanese gardening knife and used for diversified gardening purposes including loosening the soil for transplants and dislodging soil.

Moreover, it can also be used to harvest herbs, fruits, vegetables, and whatever.

You can also use it for cutting and digging purposes.

Thus if you are looking for the perfect knife that can work equally well for gardening as well as cutting tasks, you should use it.

So it can be your gardening knife as well as the multi-purpose kitchen knife at the same time.

What are its other names?

Due to its uses in the garden, this one is also known as the “soil knife” and the “wedding knife”.

With it, you can not only weed out the soil to prepare it for planting and harvesting purposes but also use it to dig the soil and add the seeds to the soil.

What does the word mean?

It is basically a Japanese knife, however, the name “Hori Hori” is thought to be derived from the word “horticulture”, which simply reveals that you can use it for planting purposes.

However, the term “Hori Hori” comes from Japanese origin which has the literal meaning of “to dig”.

So the term ‘Hori Hori’ can be roughly translated as ‘dig dig’.

Is it a multi-purpose tool?

The biggest reason why you can use it is its sharp blade and compact size.

However, the semi-sharp end of these knives also makes them suitable for diversified cutting, soiling, and digging tasks.

These knives are a good substitute for grafting and budding knives as well.

So their uniqueness as the gardening knives does not need any further discussion.

What are the best choices out there?

Out of the modern knives, the Sensei Hori Hori Modern knife is getting immense popularity these days among gardening lovers.

However, if we talk about the best in terms of budget-friendliness, we will prefer Fiskars Big Grip.

It is not only affordable but hates the sharp blade and tip as well.

However, the only drawback is that it may seem larger than the common Hori Hori knives.

Thus, you should buy this type of blade if you are comfortable with the size.

In my suggestion, it is great to have it for kitchen and gardening purposes, but it is not good if you are in search of a portable and weightless knife.

Is it serrated?

Yes, it does have the serrations that make it a precise cutting tool.

However, if you want to use it for soil digging purposes, then the major role will be played by the sharp tip and not the serrations.

On the other hand, if you want the assistance of the cutting tasks in your kitchen, you will get the benefit of serrations.

As we know that serrations are the small cuts at the sharp side of the blade, their size determines the sharpness and precision of these knives.

The smaller and minor the serrations are, the greater is the precision of the knife.

How do you sharpen it?

If you want to sharpen it, you should keep in mind that there are specialized tools available in the market for this purpose called sharpening rods.

In order to sharpen, hold the rod and place it in front of the edge to be sharpened.

With the od, make small circles and use this technique to sharpen the serrated edges.

Can I measure soil depth using it?

One of the amazing benefits of using this tool is that you can use it for soil measuring purposes as well.

Such knives contain the metering rod or the numberings along the length of the blade that can help you to measure soil depth for weeding bulbs.

Thus, we can say that these are the multi-purpose cutting tools that you can not only use for digging and cutting but also for measuring the depth of the soil, transplanting, and sawing.


The Japanese people love gardening and ensure the use of this perfect knife for the digging of home plants and vegetables.

If you also want to test the functionality of these knives, you should buy them online from Japanese manufacturers.

The Japanese knives made inside Japan are often very durable and great.

The rest is up to your preferences.

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.