Garden tools
Rakes/Forks/Cultivators

SHW Eye-hoes / Chopping Hoes

The Eye-Hoe (also called Grub, Grubbing or Chopping hoes) is the oldest hoe design in the world, due to the simplicity of the head shape; traditionally, forging the head could be done with crude tools. The ‘eye’ just had an appropriately-sized stick stuck through it for a handle; as long as one end of the stick was bigger than the eye, it wouldn’t come out. The eye-hoes produced by SHW of Germany today are a lot more refined: ergonomic designs, light weight and perfectly fitted handles wedged into place.

The differences between these Eye hoes and others you will find on the market are:

  1. The SHAPE of the handle … most have round handles, while these German ones all have OVAL handles: like an axe, sledgehammer, pickaxe or any well-designed striking tool. This is very important, because the way the human hand is shaped, holding an oval handle naturally “aims” the tool head properly, and is much more ergonomic when using the tool for long periods (resulting in less hand fatigue). Also, note that all the handles in the “chopping” series actually get LARGER toward the head for extra strength…you simply don’t see this design on the lower cost eye-hoes; it’s more expensive to produce a handle this strong. Of course, tightening or replacing a handle is easy - just like a hammer or axe with a wooden handle; just drive a wedge into the top to spread the handle out into the eye. We stock replacement handles.
  2. Head angles and balance. The Germans have spent a tremendously long time perfecting these tools…the foundry location where SHW currently resides in the Black Forest has been forging tools since the year 1267! The head angles and balance of these eye hoes is unparalleled, meaning more work done with less fatigue.
  3. Steel Quality. We probably don’t need to say more here…what kind of quality would you expect from an old German company? I can tell you this: when I hit one of our Kentucky limestone rocks with an SHW hoe, it’s usually the rock that gets the chip out of it!!

“Garden” Series

We find this series very popular among women; very strong and durable but lighter than you ever thought a forged chopping hoe could be. Ergonomic ovalized kiln-dried ash handles add to the pleasure of using these tools.


54534 - SHW Double Chopper

Wide blade and narrow blade make great options for working intensive beds.

  • Head: 3” x 10.5 x .75””
  • Length: 54”
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $33.00


54535 - SHW Chopper / Rowmaker

The backside of this nimble hoe is pointed to make planting rows or break clods.

  • Head: 2.6” x 10.5”
  • Length: 54”
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $33.00


53617 - SHW 3 Tine Chopper

The stamped-steel imitations in the hardware store pale by comparison…

  • Head: 2.6” x 10”
  • Length: 54”
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy MSRP: $53.00 Sale Price: $33.00


Hand Hoes

We find that these short-handled forged steel eye-hoes are the best balanced tools of this type on the market.


54601 - SHW Single Chopper

  • Head: 3” x 5.75””
  • Length: 13”
  • Weight: 1 lbs

Buy $24.00


55393 - SHW 3 Prong Chopper

  • Head: 2.6” x 10”
  • Length: 13”
  • Weight: 1.25 lb

Buy $25.00


55394 - Double Chopper

  • Head: 3” x 10.5”” x .75”
  • Length: 13”
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs

Buy $25.00


54597 - SHW ’Sang’ (Ginseng) Hoe

Although we certainly do not encourage the unsustainable (or illegal) harvest of this rare plant in the wild, this hoe is very much the traditional size and shape of the ‘sang hoe’ in Appalachia. Of course it’s a great garden tool too!

  • Head: 3.5” x 4”
  • Length: 18”
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs

Buy $28.00


Chopping Series

Thicker handles which are larger near the head, and heavier blades make this series suitable for heavier soils, small tree roots, etc.


53313 - SHW 4.5” Mid-Weight Chopper

Relatively Light; the narrow blade and concave cutting edge help minimize the effort of cutting into the soil.

  • Head: 4.5” x 7.5””
  • Length: 54”
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs.
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $35.00


53401 - SHW 5.5” MId-Weight Chopper

Wider, to get the job done faster, but of course heavier too.

  • Head: 5.5” x 7.5”
  • Length: 54”
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $36.00


SHW ‘Root’ Hoe

For the MAJOR chopping jobs, such as breaking new sod, digging ditches, chopping through tree roots…THIS is your hoe. Super-gusseted Ash handles available in two lengths.

  • Head: 4.5” x 8.5”
  • Length: 54” or 75”
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy Length 54” (Item 53566) $47.00
Buy Length 75” (Item 53566L) $52.00


SHW Grape Hoe

Actually designed for heeling in grapevines, this is the ‘Big Mama’ of chopping/eye hoes. Available with your choice of two handle lengths.

  • Head: 9.5” x 7”
  • Length: 54” or 75”
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy Length 54” (Item 53391) $55.00
Buy Length 75” (Item 54306) $60.00


53648 - SHW Mattock (with axe blade)

Talk about a serious tool! I’ve found that the 5” wide blade is perfect for making a trench for a 4” drainage pipe - and the axe blade on the back made short work of the tree roots I encountered. This is one of my favorite digging tools, period.

  • Head: 5” x 16.5”
  • Length: 41.5”
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $49.00


53655c - SHW Mattock (without axe blade)

Same as 53648 above, but without axe blade.

  • Head: 5” x 7.5”
  • Length: 41.5”
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs.
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $46.00


54528 - SHW Chopper / Root Cutter

Designed like a miniature Mattock with a longer handle, this awesome tool is great for heavy garden chopping, trail maintenance, root pruning, etc. This is a very unique tool…it is the only tool we have found with a true “Mattock” head design (chopping blade on one side, axe blade on the other) with a strong, forged steel, relatively light head coupled with a long handle. In fact, SHW was going to discontinue it, and we persuaded them to keep it in production due to its uniqueness. (Some folks prefer this tool with a shorter handle…if so, just cut the wooden handle down to the size that suits you.)

  • Head: 2.6” x 10.5”
  • Length: 54”
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs
  • Head shipped dis-mounted from handle

VIDEO: Tool head mounting

Buy $47.00