The first of the new tools is a Hori-Hori knife which in Japanese translates to "dig-dig". The Hori-Hori can be used to perform a host of gardening tasks including digging, planting bulbs or perennials, weeding, cutting through roots, rough pruning and even chipping ice
The stainless steel blade is serrated on one side and straight on the other and has a shallow scoop like a trowel. The razor sharp blade includes inch and centimetre markings on the face to help with bulb planting depths or planting distances. The Hori-Hori’s black moulded handle has been ergonomically designed to provide a comfortable grip for whatever task is required.
The second tool now available on Genus’ website is a pair of traditional Japanese secateurs made by Sokan, which has been making secateurs since 1870. The secateurs are hot forged from high carbon steel and ground by hand.
Japanese secateurs are made from only two pieces of metal, with the blade and handle forming a single piece. This creates a stronger tool and a better balance than other secateurs where the blade is welded to the handle. The two sides of the Sokan secateurs are bolted together and it is the integrity of this bolt that gives them their distinctive cut. Another key benefit is that the craftsmanship of the design means the tapered bolt will never need tightening.
Managing director Sue O’Neil said, "We design high performance gardenwear which includes our famous stab resistant pockets for knives and trowels. So introducing two specialist tools which slot perfectly into these pockets seemed a natural fit!
"We’d actually been introduced to the Hori-Hori by one of our customers from the United States who’d been delighted that she could safely carry her Hori-Hori in her Genus trouser pockets. I’d never heard of one before but once I’d tried one in my own garden, I got them for all the team and we are now devotees and want to create a Hori-Hori revolution.
"The Sokan secateurs are beautifully designed, which is something we pride ourselves on at Genus and together with Sokan’s incredible history, we felt we had to try them. We fell in love with their strength and comfort and so decided that we should make them available to our customers too. Now all we need to put into our Genus trouser pockets is a Hori-Hori and our Sokan secateurs and we have everything we need for a day’s gardening."
The Hori-Hori knife costs £30 and the Sokan secateurs are £80 including gift presentation box.