Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding Knife

Last updated date: July 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6

Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding Knife

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Overall Take

This weeding knife is made of genuine Japanese stainless steel which is both durable and resistant to corrosion. The wooden handle is equally sturdy, and easy to grip. The included sheath allows you to carry it on the go. In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the Nisaku Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding Knife placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Weeding Knife for a detailed review of all the top weeding knives.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
1,502 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The design offers excellent multipurpose function as a gardening, landscaping, and camping knife, all in one. As a bonus, it even comes with a leather sheath so you can protect the blade and attach it to your belt.
- The Spruce
It does come with a sheath and loop.
- Epic Gardening
This knife is durable and easy to use. It makes light work of weeds with long taproots, and loosens soil and earth with little effort. The stainless steel blade is sharp, make sure you don’t cut yourself when cleaning it.
- Oak Hills Gardens
Forged by master blade craftsmen from the finest Japanese stainless steel that is famous for durability, precision, and control, and it has high rust and corrosion resistant abilities, so it can withstand intense use and harsh conditions.
- Morning Chores
A solid tool designed for all types of gardening and any other outdoor tasks such as digging a hole while camping. This is perhaps due to the mix of straight and serrated edges.
- Knife Guides
One of the most authentic and sought-after digging knives, the Nisaku NJP650 is considered the standard for hori hori knives. The company promises that the knife blade was made from the finest stainless steel using Japanese trademark manufacturing techniques.
- Florgeous
Made of finest stainless steel, this knife is perfect for all kind of gardening use and also makes it super durable since this one is not open to rusting and corrosion.
- Wood Working Toolkit
The blade itself is made of genuine Japanese steel and is designed to be durable. There are inch markers on the blade and the material is easy to clean.
- Outside Modern
The blade’s grind and polish of the blade is superior and the wood handle is sturdy. It’s become an indispensable garden tool- especially when diging up weeds, digging holes in the garden, splitting perennials and cutting up sod.
- Top 5 Reviews
Comes with a plastic sheath for storage and a sturdy wooden handle, which is easy to grip.
- Popular Mechanics
It features top quality stainless steel that is corrosion and abrasion resistant to enhance on the durability of the blade and its functionality.
- Morning Homestead
Blade length of 7.25 inches which provides a good depth when digging as well as a good thickness when cutting. This product also comes with the traditional wooden handle for better and more convenient grip with using the knife.
- Love Backyard
The blade is made of Japanese stainless steel, and it’s sharper than sharp. It’s easy to clean, resistant to scratches and rust, and keeps its edge. It’s light too, making it easy to maneuver without straining your hands or wrists. And it won’t bend when you apply pressure.
- Daily Gardener
Very solid and well-made knife that’s been forged by some of the best blade craftsmen in Japan. With its 7.25-inch Japanese stainless steel blade, that’s serrated on one side and smooth on the other, you should have no problem at all digging, weeding, cutting, or transporting plants with this tool.
- Organic Garden Tips
What experts didn't like
The one drawback of this knife, discomfort during use, is probably due to the rectangular shape of the wooden handle. The flat sides and edges (yes, they are slightly rounded, but still essentially made up of four flat planes) made it awkward to hold over time.
- The Spruce
Instead of three rivets on the handle, it only has two, which means that it’s more prone to pulling apart after months of use.
- Epic Gardening
Maybe adding a finger guard at the bottom the handle would stop your hands slipping towards the blade. A more ergonomic handle would also allow for longer usage.
- Oak Hills Gardens
Not very durable wooden handle. Small serrations.
- Morning Chores
Uncomfortable feel on small hands.
- Knife Guides
Does not have a safety guard or sheath protecting the hand from the blade, so be cautious and don’t let your hand slip. Also, Nisaku is only giving 2-year warranty for this product.
- Florgeous
Handle may be a little uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.
- Wood Working Toolkit
Some people report the knife is heavy or that the square wooden handle can be difficult to hold for extended periods of time, but this depends on the size of the user’s hand and their strength.
- Outside Modern
The handle is too big and feels uncomfortable on small hands
- Morning Homestead
Not very durable wooden handle. Small serrations.
- Love Backyard
The handle isn’t cushioned, so best used with gardening gloves.
- Daily Gardener
Serrations are quite small. The handle is a little uncomfortable.
- Organic Garden Tips

From The Manufacturer

The Nisaku stainless steel weeding knife boasts both straight & serrated edges that's useful for dividing plants, planting bulbs, flowers & herbs, digging out weeds, removing rocks, cutting through roots & so much more! A comfortable wooden handle allows for a good grip for all-day digging, & ensures you push into the soil with more control. Comes with a leather sheath. Made in Japan with the finest stainless steel, the Nisaku Stainless Steel Weeding Knife features both serrated and straight edge blades, and is a fantastic gardening, landscaping, and camping tool. Hangs neatly on your peg rack for a tidy shed or work bench. Inch markings on the Japanese stainless steel blade will ensure your plants and bulbs are planted at just the right depth. Blade Size: 7.25 inches; Handle Size: wood, 5.25 inches; Weight: 10 oz.

Overall Product Rankings

Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding Knife
1. Nisaku NJP650 Hori-Hori Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 14
Fiskars Big Grip Garden Weeding Knife
2. Fiskars Big Grip Garden Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
MLTOOLS Hori-Hori Weeding & Digging Knife
3. MLTOOLS Hori-Hori Weeding & Digging Knife
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
Garden Guru Hori Hori Garden Weeding Knife
4. Garden Guru Hori Hori Garden Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
Radius Garden 102 Ergonomic Aluminum Weeding Knife
5. Radius Garden 102 Ergonomic Aluminum Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
Wolf-Garten Ks2K Fixed Hand Tool Weeding Knife
6. Wolf-Garten Ks2K Fixed Hand Tool Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
Wilcox All Pro Stainless Lawn & Weeding Knife
7. Wilcox All Pro Stainless Lawn & Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
Dig Dig Japanese Hori Hori Garden Weeding Knife
8. Dig Dig Japanese Hori Hori Garden Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 1
ARS KNK-MT211 Weeding Sickle Knife
9. ARS KNK-MT211 Weeding Sickle Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 0
Corona CT 3254 ComfortGEL Weeding Knife
10. Corona CT 3254 ComfortGEL Weeding Knife
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 0

An Overview On Weeding Knives

When you picture someone gardening, you typically imagine the easy, pastoral parts: planting the seeds, watering the plants. The truth is that the bulk of a gardener’s time is spent on their knees, fighting back against that persistent enemy of a healthy plant: Weeds.

That makes the right tools essential not only for the health of a garden but for the gardener’s back. And when it comes to especially tough weeds that need to be tackled at close range, there’s no tool like a good, solid weeding knife.

There are a surprising amount of tools for weeding, and not all of them are handheld knives. If you’re able to stand up and don’t need a lot of precision, there are long-handled weeders, hoes and even torches that can take care of weeds with a variety of different methods. But the weeding knife is ideally suited for plants in most household gardens, perennials and harvest plants that need a more personal touch. And as you’ll see, they are good for a lot more than just pulling weeds.

Weeding knives come in a variety of different configurations, each one shaped to tackle a variety of different tasks. The most common is the Japanese farmer’s knife, also known as a Hori Hori. From the side, this looks like any standard hunting knife, with one edge smooth and one serrated. But the blade itself is slightly concave, which makes it great for shoveling out deep-rooted weeds and digging holes for planting. And of course, it can still be used as an actual hunting knife, with all the applications that tool is used for (and more). Make sure the blade is especially sturdy since you’ll be using this one for plenty of intensive work.

While the Hori Hori is versatile, the blade is relatively short. Some common weeds like dandelions have root systems that go a bit deeper, and that’s where you’ll need an asparagus knife, also called a fishtail weeder. This tool is longer, with a V-shaped blade at the end. The tip may also be angled to allow you a little leverage when pulling up weeds. Just stick it deep into the soil beside the weed and pull back to remove the entire thing, roots and all.

If you need to do detail work on weeds that are closely entwined with your plants, consider a Cape Cod weeder. This type of tool is easy to spot, with an L-shaped blade that allows you to get in close when working in crowded gardens.

Need to pull up stubborn clumps of grass or weeds with a wider root foundation? Cobrahead weeders are less common, but they are made for this kind of grunt work. They feature a U-shaped head with a smaller blade on the end, made as much for pulling as for cutting. As with the Hori Hori knife, make sure the blade metal is durable and waterproof. Once this one starts to bend, it becomes significantly less useful.

In any of these tools, keep in mind that you’ll be using plenty of force and working in sweaty or wet conditions (and possibly both). That means the grip on the handle is just as important as the durability of the blade. If it’s a Hori Hori or other weeding tool with a long edge, check to see that it can be sharpened. Maintain your tools with the same care that you maintain that garden, and you’ll make far fewer trips to the department store.

DWYM Fun Fact

When most people hear the name Jethro Tull, they think of flute solos on classic rock radio. But some history-minded gardeners might know that he was a real person, an agricultural pioneer in 17th century England who popularized the use of the horse-drawn seed drill in the western world. Tull’s simple tool made it possible to plant in neat rows, making it far easier to weed in between the plants.

The Weeding Knife Buying Guide

Hori Hori knives are one of the few gardening tools that are just as much at home in a camping kit as in a gardening shed. They can whittle or saw branches, remove small stumps and do other everyday hunting tasks, but they’re also useful around the campfire. The shoveled blade is great for digging out hot coals or otherwise stoking small fires. Just make sure your handle is made of wood and not rubber, or you could damage the knife (not to mention your hand).