In a nutshell

A BBC Gardener’s World Best Buy winner, this premium quality trowel has a carbon steel head and beechwood handle. It’s comfortable and light, sits perfectly in the hand and is a pleasure to use. It comes with a two-year warranty.

What we tested

  • Blade/handle
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    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 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Light and comfortable
  • Digs, weeds and plants effortlessly
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Excellent quality


  • Best for light use
  • Small

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What is the Niwaki Moku Trowel like?

Hand forged in Japan, the scooped, carbon steel head on this trowel has a pointed tip with sharpened, bevelled edges. It has an attractive hammered finish and a powder coating to prevent rusting. The tang, which connects the head to the handle, is long and hooked to help protect your knuckles when working and the shaped handle is made from beechwood. A leather hanging strap is looped through the end for easy storage.

Is the Niwaki Moku Trowel comfortable?

A good weight, this trowel feels light and well balanced to hold and is comfortable when digging, weeding and planting. The wooden handle is warm in the hand and shaped to sit securely when working.

Does the Niwaki Moku Trowel perform well?

This light and comfortable trowel tackles all jobs with ease. It’s shaped and sharp enough to slice through soils and congested root systems and it feels strong and sturdy. It’s small and can get in amongst plants and rows for weeding but is long enough for planting and digging out deep rooting plants. Its best for use on lighter soils and lacks the depth for scooping and potting on bit it’s a joy to use for all other tasks.

Is the Niwaki Moku Trowel value for money?

This premium priced trowel was the most expensive in our test, by quite a long way. However, this is a high-quality tool that performs almost all jobs effortlessly. It’s a joy to use and definitely worth saving up for. It does only have a two-year warranty but we think it’s good value for money.


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Product Specifications

NameNiwaki Moku trowel
HandleBeech wood
Blade materialCarbon steel
Non-stick coating on bladePowder coated