The Kenyon hoe is known by other names. It is also called a scuffle hoe or possibly even a stirrup hoe. Regardless of the name it is one of the most used tools in our Mittleider garden. From time to time the edge gets beat up due to normal use and needs fixed. It is an easy process and only requires a small file.
The edge of our Kenyon 2-way hoe was getting a little beat up and becoming difficult to pull through this very dry heavy clay soil. Rather than throw it away or paying someone to repair it we elected to do it ourselves. A quick dressing took us just a minute or two with a file and as a result we got the edge back in good condition and working better.
To fix the edge of your Kenyon hoe with a file
It is an easy process and a decent file is inexpensive. If you don’t have one this flat file is just $6.21 and will do the job. Keep the file at the same angle as the edge of the hoe. A few passes will remove any burrs and dress that edge back to serviceable condition as a result of your effort. During normal use you will hit small rocks and other such debris that will slightly damage the cutting edge.
Do you want to put your own Kenyon hoe together?
In this YouTube video I show you how I assembled our Kenyon hoe and gave a quick example of it working in the garden. These are an amazing tool and should probably be present in every garden. The Kenyon hoe allows you to remove the same amount of weeds from your garden with far less work than a traditional hoe.
This past week while working towards getting our garden in I’ve noticed the wooden handles on a few garden tools were looking pretty rough. They’ve lost all the sealant applied by the factory and a few are showing signs of weather cracking. That’s a recipe for having handles break and require them to be replaced. A little prevention can help make those garden tools last a long time.
Remove old finish or dirt
Before applying a sealant to the wooden handle it is necessary to remove any old existing sealant and dirt. For this purpose we used a sheet of 120 grit sand paper. A little of elbow grease and the handle will be ready for a coat of a sealant and protectant.
Apply a coat of protectant/sealant
We just happened to have a quart of boiled linseed oil to help remedy this issue. A light sanding to remove the remaining finish and to open the grains so they can absorb the oil and we were in business. We simply poured a bit of the linseed oil onto a rag and then rubbed it into the handle. Everything has been treated three times so far but two of the pieces with the worst cracking will get several additional coats before we put everything away.
There are no pictures to show what the looked like before we started, but the handles were closer to a white than the brown you see now.
Other ways of protecting wooden tool handles
In addition to keeping a coat of linseed oil on those garden tools you can help protect them by keeping them out of the sun and rain. Simply storing them while not in use, and keeping them protected with linseed oil, will help them last a long time.
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