This garden hoe, the Ivanhoe 14 is the shortest of the Ivanhoe product line. It has a shorter length that gives you a little better strength at the blade tip because of the shorter shaft. This Ivanhoe is the one you want if you are doing heavy weeding, like clumps of grass, in soil with lots of clay, or around rocks. The trade off is that is has a little less reach. If you have raised beds, this is a perfect fit. If you have weeds in hard to reach places, you might consider the Ivanhoe 18. Both have the same razor sharp blade that can shave your weeds off in very little time with almost no effort.
Need to cultivate your soil around your plants? The Ivanhoe is a dream to use. The blade slips into the soil with ease, aerating it and softening it. Turn the blade on its corner, and you can make perfect furrows for planting, or you can get that tap root out super quick. You are not going to find another one like this anywhere on the market. There are less expensive hand hoes, but the blade is thick and soft, the handle is not a pistol grip, the angle has not been optimized for weeding. Get the best, buy this Ivanhoe.
The shaft is standard stainless steel, but the blade is surgical stainless, so it cuts like a scalpel and stays sharp for a long time. I weeded my garden for 18 months before I resharpened, which by the way was really easy to do. The thin blade makes sharpening with a stone, file, or even sandpaper super simple. You can do it by hand right in the garden. You can see from the pictures, that the shaft is kinked where it fits into the handle. That is a fussy, and expensive way to make it, but it will never twist free or slip out of that handle, so it is worth it.
There are two Ivanhoe lengths, the 18 inch and the 14 inch. The 18 inch gives you better reach, like behind that air conditioner or under the steps, the 14 inch gives you better leverage at the cutting edge. No matter which Ivanhoe you choose, your gardening experience is about to get much better. This tools truly is a pleasure to use in the garden, and it is beautiful too, so when you show your friends your new tool, they will know you are a serious gardener.