Copper 3 tine claw cultivator

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  • Standard £5.95
  • Named Day £10.95
  • Good for breaking up and aerating soil
  • Straddles small plants to weed on either side
  • Lightweight and rustproof

This copper claw cultivator is a great sturdy tool for breaking up and loosening soil. Especially helpful if you’re battling against compaction or need to cultivate heavy clay beds.

It’s light and compact so it’s easy and comfortable to wield. The bulb end stops your hands from slipping and gives you plenty of purchase. The three curved tines, tapered to super-sharp points, cut through soil very efficiently.

Besides cultivation and aeration, it makes an excellent weeder. The middle tine is recessed and sits a little lower so you can clear weeds from either side of your plants at once. You can also use it for various other jobs like spreading mulch in narrow spaces, clearing leaves from the border, etc.

These tools are traditionally handmade by a small manufacturer in Slovenia from copper alloy and fitted with shaped ash handles. A coating of linseed oil will help nourish and protect the wood. Supplied with a 12-year guarantee on metal parts (2 years for the handle).

Please note: subtle variations in finish from tool to tool mean each will have its own unique character.

W7.5cm x D8.5cm x L41cm
Weight 0.27kg

About copper tools

A little bit fancy and recherché, copper tools are all the motivation you need to tackle the garden. A treat to look at and gleaming among the borders, impossible to misplace.

They’re a favourite among organic and biodynamic gardeners, including the 'guru of no dig’ Charles Dowding and biomimicry pioneer Viktor Schauberger, whose experiments found copper tools to boost plant health and increase crop yields.

First and foremost they’re a joy to use. Copper is low friction and enduringly sharp, so the tools glide through soil (even the rough stuff). One gardener we know said it makes other tools “feel like using a spoon”.

Endurance is another big plus. They’re rustproof and will last for years, protected by the patina that appears on the surface. Like muscle, copper alloys get stronger with use so the tools toughen up as you work them. Rough treatment won’t faze them as they’re flexible and can absorb shock. Bend them stupendously out of shape and they’ll forgive you. Grab a hammer and you can tap them back where they need to be.

Copper inhibits bacteria and fungi, promoting a healthy growing environment for plants. There’s also some suggestion copper micro particles are deposited into soil when you use the tools, helping to fend off slugs and snails.

Finally they don’t need routine cleaning or special maintenance. If they come into contact with sap, rinse it off so as not to unevenly mark the tool, and avoid leaving them out in sun and rain to discourage tarnishing. You can buff them back with a scourer if you want to restore the shine. Rinse them well with clean water afterwards and wipe them dry.