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My Vintage Edger

May 21st, 2015

Last week I talked about edging my flowerbeds and a few of you were interested in seeing my vintage edger. I bought this beauty at the vintage tool shop in town, I think I only paid $4 for it.
Vintage Edger 1
I love that it’s like a small rounded shovel, with the folded over pieces on top of the blade to make pushing on it more comfortable. The short blade is the perfect depth for an edge.
Vintage Edger 2
The handle is also the perfect length, it come up to the bottom of my sternum. That’s the perfect height for an edger if you ask me, but then I’ve tried using a longer shovel and have been hit in the face with the handle when I hit a rock while trying to drive it into the ground.
Vintage Edger 3
I’ve used a few different edgers and shovels before, this is absolutely the perfect tool. I’ll definitely be going back to the store frequently hoping to find another. Another thing I love about using vintage tools is the history behind them. While edging my gardens I wonder how many other gardeners have used it and how many different gardens it has been used in.

Do you have any vintage garden tools? Any that are your favorite?

7 Comments to “My Vintage Edger”
  1. Erika on May 21, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Thanks for posting pics of your edger. It looks perfect! I love vintage tools. They are such better quality and you can’t beat the price.

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  2. kristin @ going country on May 21, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Almost all of our tools are vintage, though we just call them old. :-) Most of them belonged to my husband’s grandfather or great-grandfather, others have been purchased at a huge indoor flea market in the nearest city. The metal used must have been better in the past, because ax heads and so on hold up a lot better in the old ones than in new tools.

    My husband’s favorite old tool is his scythe. He just loves sharpening it and swinging it at all our obnoxious overgrowth. I’ve tried it, and while it is sort of satisfying, it is also very tiring. I can see why people have moved to motorized weed whackers instead, though as long as someone else is doing it, I prefer the scythe. If only for the quiet factor.

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  3. Robin Follette on May 21, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I love the scuffle hoe but I think my new favorite will be an edger as soon as I find one.

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  4. Katie on May 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Funny, I just picked up an edger like this at an estate sale, and I really like it, too!!

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  5. Nebraska Dave on May 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Susy, In my many gifts from those urban gardeners that became frustrated with gardening, I have acquired a plethora of vintage tools. One of them is indeed the edger that you have written about in this blog post. I haven’t really had a need to use an edger much but I suspect it will need a bit of sharpening before a trial run. My favorite garden tool of choice has become the mattock. With a four inch wide hoe blade that will chop through the toughest of weeds and brush on one side and a pointed pick for digging out rocks on the other, I never go to the garden without it. It’s great to be used for a short handled hoe that will chop through the toughest of sapling roots or wild grape vines with just a couple blows. It has weight to it so probably won’t be the tool for everyone but for me, it’s the greatest tool I have in my repertoire. Well, next to the spade that is. The only motorized tools that I own is a chainsaw, trimmer, and a lawn mower. And well the chipper that someone gave to me.

    Have a great vintage tool using day.

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  6. Jenny on May 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    That is a good looking tool.

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  7. Nikala on May 24, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    When I did landscaping, that’s what we used to cut sod+edge it in! I want one now!

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