Turkish Made Folding Harvesting and Pruning Knife – Item of the Day
Special Notice – I am bringing these around again today because they are back in stock. For how long I don’t know but almost every time they come around and I run this item it sells out in a few days. This is the only source of this item I am aware of in the US. And it is simply an exceptional tool for homesteading, gardening, etc. If you want one given they sell out so frequently I’d get one now.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is a Turkish Made Folding Harvesting and Pruning Knife, honestly I do not know what they are really called, but that is what it is. The description on Amazon is officially a “Folding Scythe Weed Garden – Scythe Grass Saw 12” and I think some things were lost in translation from Turkish to English. Anyway this is not a scythe, a scythe is for mowing and it has a non serrated blade. This tool has a serrated blade, it is for cutting, not chopping and not mowing. I have added a video to this review to further explain why I just love this tool.
I found out about it one of my favorite ways to find out about things, from the audience. I recently did a post on Rice Knives and a commenter named Joel said this in response to that post…
“I have tried a variety of these rice knives as well as a number of alternatives when I inevitably lost them. I finally settled on an alternative that I like better: a folding Turkish grape harvesting knife also on Amazon. It is of similar light duty build and I use it exactly like a rice knife. Its trump card is that it folds and can safely be placed in a hip pocket so I don’t lose it. I’ve used it daily for months and have no complaints. I’m thinking of buying one for backup because I only know of this one source.”
Well I asked him for a link and he provided it, I ordered one and I love the damn thing. It does everything a rice knife does and it is a little beefier in build though this is not a over built tool. Gonna bet in Turkey these are really common and likely sell for about 5-10 bucks vs. the 20 they cost on Amazon. You know what though, I think they are totally worth 20 bucks. Just like Joel said the weakness of a rice knife is you do not want to put it in your pocket, you will ruin your pocket and or cut yourself. Hence you end up setting them down and misplacing them.
This guy folds up like a big pocket knife and fits pretty damn comfortably into a cargo shorts pocket and even into jean pockets. That equals not put down, not lost, not rusted, etc.
Okay but how does it work? In a word perfectly. It does all the light duty stuff a rice knife does it also handled wild sunflower stalks the size of my thumb and simply stalks on a huge lambsquarter plant, no issues. Like a rice knife you must use a sawing motion.
There are some real advantages here though. The first is you are a lot less likely to cut yourself then with a chopping sickle. You hold the material, lay your blade on it and saw though. I do hope if you feel it on your skin you won’t pull it across it. Also if you do get yourself as soon as you start moving it you should feel pain and unless you are a moron stop doing that. When you chop something you are holding and miss you either cut yourself or cut yourself bad, like say hitting a joint or a tendon and fucking your hand up for good.
This is great for precision like trimming grasses out from in between vegetables. A missed chop and there goes that eggplant or swiss chard when all you wanted was to get rid of some stubborn grass that can’t be pulled up because it will bring your veggies with it. Oh and it is the best tool for cutting comfrey you will ever and I mean ever find. Harvesting mint and other herbs in mass for drying, amazing for that too.
While much like a rice knife this is best on material about thumb size and down that is still mostly green it will cut though some tougher stuff. I did some research on these things and they are used mostly for harvesting grapes and berries and for pruning said same like Joel mentioned. They seem to have been around in this form a very long time. In trying to get more info which is very limited I ran into some that claimed to be antiques over 200 years old, they look exactly like this one other than being very aged and not having the same markings on them.
When something is used by a society for over 100 years or more you know one thing, it works as designed. I plan to stain and seal the handle. The blade is carbon steel so I will likely patina it with vinegar, if you are not familiar with that process tune in today (episod 2709) and I will explain how and why to do it with tools like this.
In any event like Joel said there is only one source of this thing I can find so I am going to order a few more. I plan to gussy them up a bit and give them as gifts this year. Heck I may even give one to a couple instructors and raffle one off to a student this year at TSP20. You don’t have to wait for that though. Pick up one of these Turkish Made Folding Harvesting and Pruning Knives today and I don’t think you will ever regret it. I have to say as much as I like rice knives I don’t think I will ever buy one again. I mean summing it up, I now consider this tool on of my essential gardening and homestead tools.
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PS – The Stock Images from the maker do give dimensions but it doesn’t really convey scale well so here are a few pics of mine in hand and next to a rice knife to convey how well scaled this tool really is. Like I said when a culture uses a tool for centries there is usually a very good reason for it.
Spirko Effect, item currently unavailable on amazon.
I know, this is one of the items I’ve been trying to grab. I’d pay full price but Jack keeps selling them out. Haha.
Yep, just saw this and clicked through. Item unavailable. Will keep it on my “wish list,” hopefully it will pop back in stock.
Looking for the patina with vinegar segment under 2709. Help?
Victorinox has a new folding knife you would like. Their “foldable paring knife” (serrated or plain) is basically a folding version of their “tomato knife.” It has a liner lock and Victorinox says it is dishwasher safe! What impresses me most… it has a blade that’s well over 4 inches, but it weighs close to a Spyderco Dragonfly (under 1.5 ounces). Because of the low weight, the blade does flex (like a steak knife). The serrated version comes in many different colors. Because it lacks a point, it’s very friendly and non-tactical looking. I discovered it on the MeZillch youTube channel. It’s uniquely handy and I think it’s going to become really popular among folks into preparedness. The only potential downside is that it may be tricky for people with less hand strength (a female friend of mine had trouble closing the lock).
Lol, I love your name tag on your shirt in the video!!! Yes, we are all Essential.
I kept missing these due to the Spirko effect, I finally, last summer, caught these on Amazon, bought 2 of them. I LOVE them.
I need a knife like that to fold so I can carry them around, not stay rigid, and these fit my hands REALLY well. I’m a small female but my hands have worked all my life.
Thank you for these, Jack! They make my life easier.
I need to figure out how to sharpen them.
Lots of great things to love about this knife, but it will rust in a heartbeat if you live in a humid area. Mine rusted sitting in the garage before I really even used it. I should have oiled it when it arrived. I am a small woman and the feel of it is good for me. Excellent for cutting back muhly grass and other light pruning as an alternative to clippers. Thanks Jack.
Carbon steel does rust. I patina these either with vinegar or peramblue.
I managed to get 2 of these over the years and love them. How would one sharpen the teeth after abuse by “Farm help”. Expert council question?
If you find out, can you please post it here? I don’t manage to get around to listening to expert council ‘casts, and I need to sharpen mine too. 😀
Excellent tools, and fit well in my hand and in my pocket. I call them my “evil little toys” They will cut most things I need to cut casually.