In this post, we are going to explore the DeWit Dutch Transplanter and tell you whether you are better going for this job-specific transplanting tool or DeWit’s multipurpose traditional gardening knife for transplanting. You can read a full review on the product below or if you would prefer to view the Dutch Transplanter on Amazon.com click HERE.
Like all DeWit tools, both the transplanting tool and the traditional gardening knife have turned hardwood handles of oiled ash, which is strong and resists shock better than woods like oak or beech handles. The transplanting features an extra long narrow blade for digging out deep roots. It also works great in rock gardens. A video showing this tool in action is also included below. The DeWit traditional gardening knife, on the other hand, compares to a Hori-Hori knife, which is also known as a soil knife. On the plus side, the garden knife is a multiplepurpose tool in the garden for such jobs as digging and cutting while also serving you well for transplanting.
If I could afford to purchase both of these tools for my toolshed, I would buy them both. However, I generally lean toward recommending tools that do more than one job in the garden. I also factor in cost. The gardening knife cost about $45, whereas the transplant tool runs $25. On the face of it, the transplanting tool seems to be the likely choice based on price and effectiveness for transplanting, but, for my money, I would buy the gardening knife.
Here’s why: the knife blade is only about 3-inches shorter than the transplanting tool, so, unless you have to transplant a whole bunch of deeply rooted plants, I think the knife will suffice for almost any transplant job in your garden. Plus, the knife can be used for other gardening tasks such as weeding, cutting roots, removing plants, sod cutting, and splitting perennials. And I need to do all of those things in my landscape. I certainly don’t want to buy more tools for those specific tasks. The cost of which would quickly exceed the $20 or so dollars I save by buying the transplanting tool. Plus, in a pinch, the traditional gardening knife can serve as a small hand axe. However, if you are going to be transplanting deep-root plants or are working in a rock garden, I would go ahead and buy the transplanter, especially if you already have a Hori-Hori knife in the shed.
Regardless of which tool you select, it is good to know that the DeWit family has been making tools in Holland for more than 100 years – the 4th generation of De Wits now run the business, one is a trained wood turner, the other trained as a blacksmith. DeWit uses traditional techniques with modern hard wearing materials. Carbon steel is naturally tougher than stainless steel and is not prone to metal fatigue, it is also burnished, which helps protect it for longer and gives it a patina that blackens it – just like traditional English tools from the Edwardian era.
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