In a nutshell

With its sharp, hooked blade this BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award winner slices through weeds in a whole range of situations. Comfortable and light, it’s also handy for planting and making seed drills and comes with a two year warranty.

What we tested

  • Comfort
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Performance
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.


  • Comfortable and light
  • Strong and robust
  • Easy to use in all soils and situations
  • Easy on all weeds


  • Very sharp blade needs a substantial cover

What is the Niwaki Weeding Hoe like?

This handy weeding tool has a hooked, carbon steel blade with a bevelled edge and a shaped pine handle. It comes in a handy cotton storage bag and there’s a vinyl sheath to keep the sharp, blade safe, although our tester suggested it needed something more substantial given the sharpness of the blade. Helpfully, it's available for both left- and right-handed gardeners.

Is the Niwaki Weeding Hoe comfortable to use?

The pine handle is shaped to fit the hand and the weeder feels light and comfortable in use.

Does the Niwaki Weeding Hoe perform well?

The hooked blade on this tool makes it versatile and capable of tackling weeds in a wide variety of places, from the veg patch to containers. It copes well with all soils, cutting through the ground easily and will prise out clumps of annual weeds as well as it hooking out individual, perennial weeds. The angle of the blade and its sharp edge of this versatile tool also make it useful for planting, lifting plants and making seed drills.

Is the Niwaki Weeding Hoe value for money?

One of the most expensive weeding tools in our test this is however, a sturdy, comfortable tool that's able to remove weeds with ease. It's strong and sturdy and the carbon steel blade is long lasting but will need regular cleaning and oiling to ensure it’s kept rust free. Although the warranty is only two years we think this high performing tool is great value for money.

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Product Specifications

NameNiwaki Weeding Hoe
Head FeaturesSharp hooked head
Head MaterialCarbon Steel
HandlePine wood