Versatile Hoe for working small furrows, hilling, and precision weeding
Try as we may, we have not been able to figure out the person who gave their name to the "Warren" Hoe. As far back as ancient Rome there have been spade or shield shaped hoes, usually with fairly large blades. Called spada
in Italy, they are used in many countries for ground-breaking.
The Warren Hoe, similar but smaller, has been around since the 1920s (we have discovered it in old catalogs.) It seems to be a variant on a Ridger or Furrowing Hoe rather than a spada. Ridgers look like small two-faced "Middle Buster" plow heads on the the end of a pole. They usually make furrows of 6-9 inches in a single pass and do nothing else.
About 5" wide across the top, the Warren Hoe makes a very small furrow. However, the flat blade allows the dirt to fall back into the furrow unlike the angled Ridger. So it takes repeated passes to make a clean furrow. On the plus side, the Warren is a handy tool for scraping soil up around the base of the plants, or hilling, and precision weeding, by virtue of its pointed shape. Apparently, whoever Warren was, they had a small garden, wanted to make close-spaced, shallow furrows and wanted to have a light duty weeder for use late in the growing season. If that describes you, the Warren may be your huckleberry.
The Warren Hoe can also be ordered with the small hand tool head, which has a slight angle. This makes it slightly closer in design to the Ridger.
There are three ordering options:
- Choose a handle length based on your height or order the solid socket head with no handle.
- Choose style of connection: forged solid socket (riveted) or tang-and-ferrule (riveted)
- Choose head size: standard small (same size as hand tool with a slight angle, approx. 3 1/2" wide), standard medium (slightly larger head available in certain tools only, typically 5" wide), standard large (large size - often 8" in width or more). Custom head sizes available, please get in touch for more information.
The size, shape, and weight of a long handled tool means we must charge an additional $15 shipping fee per tool to our flat rate shipping rate to accommodate for the actual cost of shipping it. Tools that are both long and wide can be quite expensive to ship.