THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Oct24

Charles Dowding on Copper Tools

Hydra Hoe tool charles dowding

Charles Dowding, from his book on Vegetable Gardening, on why he uses copper tools in the garden… “My favourite tools are made of copper, or to be precise they are 95 per cent copper and 5 per cent tin … the metal is strong, not magnetic and does not rust. This is a keen advantage for trowels, hoes and spades where smooth, sharp blades make for effortless use, and there is no need for regular cleaning or oiling to protect the metal. “Although the copper alloy is a little less hard than iron, and might suffer in soils with flint …

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Oct06

How To Sharpen Shears

Shears Ultimate gift set

We often get asked – how do I sharpen my shears? In this blog, we will give you simple to follow instructions on exactly how to do it. But first, you have to have the right shears and the right equipment….     Our hedge shears of choice are these red and white handled ones from Japan.   They look the bees knees. And they are. The steel is incredible, meaning it is sharp enough to cut the vegetation you want cut down. Because the steel is so good, you can also sharpen it back to factory sharpness. Cheap steel, …

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Aug06

Copper Tools, Post-Brexit

We are sorry to say there has been a price increase in our copper tools. These incredible tools/works of art are handmade in Europe and since we have left the EU the unfavourable exchange rate no longer allows us to absorb increased costs from production. This comes at the same time that the tools are gaining huge popularity worldwide (hurray for sensible folk who want to garden with great tools that last a lifetime, rather than throwaway rubbish!) and the foundry are struggling to keep up with demand. For example, only one person does the brazing on the large copper tools …

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