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i saw an episode of GW in which monty has a knife he uses for various tasks but he stated it was from India can anyone tell me the name of this knife?

Hosta - shouldn't that be Mac? 

To the OP - I've no idea what sort Monty has but if you go to a good garden centre (one that has more plants than Christmas decorations - they aren't easy to find) they should have a range of knives and you can see which fits your needs best. I doubt Monty's has any real special character, it's just his sentimental nature makes him love the tools he's owned a long time.

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I'm always amazed at the range of tools Monty has.  I suspect many are provided free by manufacturers in the hope of making an appearance on GW.  Most, I suspect, are actually rarely used. 

How many of us have more than a couple of trowels and hand forks for example?  Look in Monty's shed and the wall seems to be covered with different trowels.

Lyn
KT53 says:

I'm always amazed at the range of tools Monty has.  I suspect many are provided free by manufacturers in the hope of making an appearance on GW.  Most, I suspect, are actually rarely used. 

How many of us have more than a couple of trowels and hand forks for example?  Look in Monty's shed and the wall seems to be covered with different trowels.

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 And they are all brand new and never seen a bit of soil or compost. 

Dont get sucked in by advertising, I dare say Monty could tell some people that the knife cost some ridiculous amount of money and people will buy it. 

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Hostafan1

where the trowels are now used to house 10, yes TEN pairs of Felco secateurs. I'm guessing " product placement" rules may be the reason they're not longer there.

Thanks for the humorous comments and also those mentioning the many tools he has at his disposal.

However, the knife I am referring to is a specific type that he bought whilst in India 🇮🇳 and i remember him saying he used it for various tasks. I would be very appreciative of the person who could in fact tell me the specific type to which he referred. It has been racking my brains for a few days.

thanks to all those who have posted replies 

hogweed

I too am amazed at how many tools Monty has. I only have one of everything apart from trowels where I have a normal one and a narrower one!  I have been gardening for over 40 years and have never yet replaced my original set of tools - spade, fork, rake, hoe etc despite the hammering they have all had in various gardens. Even my trowels last forever (once I realised cheap trowels = weak)!. And hopefully so too will my spanking new pair of Felcos!

Obelixx

I have 2 pairs of Felcos because Possum lost the old ones in the compost heap and they didn't surface for over 6 months.  Couldn't go that long without a pair and Felco refurbished the rather rusted pair that emerged from the compost for a mere £20 including UK p&p.

I have two Wolf trowels - bright handles so easy to find - and one narrow Wolf trowel for weeding out dandelions and the like plus a new Sneeboer which is better for me in this new garden which has bone dry clay soil in many parts.

I do have 2 special cuttings knives somewhere but rarely use them and for cutting bigger things eg dividing hostas, hemerocallis and so on I use old bread knives.   Scissors for string.    

KT53 says:

I'm always amazed at the range of tools Monty has.  I suspect many are provided free by manufacturers in the hope of making an appearance on GW.  Most, I suspect, are actually rarely used. 

How many of us have more than a couple of trowels and hand forks for example?  Look in Monty's shed and the wall seems to be covered with different trowels.

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 Yes, but have you seen the size of his garden? 

If you're implying they're brand new, to me,many of his secateurs look about the same age as those my father used to use!

I admit I am bit of a collector of tools I have a lot, some old (mostly my dads) some newer, but no where near as many as Monty seems to have. However those that saw the episode when Helen Dillon visited may have picked up on a comment he made.When she asked how he managed it all, he did say (very quickly & quietly) "we do have help" so I guess he is not the only user of all those trowels!

Marlon Kettle says:

i saw an episode of GW in which monty has a knife he uses for various tasks but he stated it was from India can anyone tell me the name of this knife?

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 I must've missed that Indian-knife episode but I saw Monty use, more than once, a curved pruning knife and heard him comment that it was very good indeed. 

As I was in need of some fit-for-purpose pruning implement this summer, I visited a very special little garden shop and found one that looked much the same as his; so, I bought it.  It is called ARS (nearly there!), it's Japanese and the best ever!

Obelixx

Monty does have help from, I gather, a couple of women.   DK used to rabbit on about how Monty never acknowledged his helpers.   It does seem less than honest.

LG the L

He does in his books. And often reiterates that his wife does as much as him in the garden, so that adds up to quite a bit of graft even before paid help.

Hostafan1

he was once ( ONCE ??? ha ha, ) seen pushing a wheelbarrow with another 4 propped up behind him.

Artemis says 

"Yes, but have you seen the size of his garden? " 

Mine is bigger than his and A: I don't have help,and B: I need neither 10 pairs of secateurs , nor 10 variously shaped trowels , nor 5 wheelbarrows.

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LG the L

I've got 2 wheelbarrows in a SE London semi's garden . Admittedly I only bought one of them, the other was here when we got here. I have probably 5 or 6 trowels due to freebies, inheritence and hoarding tendencies too. And 3 (I think) pairs of secateurs - all knackered and blunt, however.

Had to chuckle last night when I found myself on the chapter about tools in a Monty book, having just been on here reading this! Sorry Marlon, he doesn't mention his knife or where he got it. He does say that only a few tools are necessary, anything else is a luxury, and having a range of specialist tools is a luxury he enjoys. There are worse things!

Hostafan1

" few" is a relative term I suppose. 

But I've said it before, What Monty says , and what Monty does are two entirely different things.

punkdoc

So many of our views expressed on this thread, seem to depend on our views on Monty himself.

Reading his books he has always explained that he has help in his garden.

As for tools, I think he clearly loves them, writing lovingly about oiling old spades and sharpening secateurs. I am sure he is given tools by manufacturers, so what, perk of the trade. Back in the day, I used to get free Paracetamol [ actually, I probably stole it ]

Hostafan1

Maybe I'm just bone idle, or very lucky, but I've neither oiled, nor sharpened a tool in my life and they've all been / are just fine.

Life's too short.

LG the L

Would you not do it even if it gave you great pleasure, Hosta?