Les Petites Mains Gardening Set
Set of 3 pieces
Stainless Steel, Snow Beech Wood (handle)
Made in Tsubamesanjo, Japan
- Scoop: L19.5 x W5 x H2.5cm
- Claw: L18.5 x W5.5 x H7cm
- Pick: L17.5 x W2.5 x H2.5cm
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A compact gardening set designed in a size that is perfect for those who want to enjoy gardening in a small space, such as balconies and planters.
This 3 piece gardening set was developed in partnership with renowned Ikebana flower artist Keiko Yoshino, and is meant as an ideal tool set for modern city gardening. Designed with durability and ease of use in mind, Les Petites Mains (“the small hands”) is comfortable for people and fitting for the environment they will be used in. Each tool is made from stainless steel, with beautiful snow beech wood used to craft the handles. The choice of snow beech was born from Niigata University’s “Snow Beech Project”, a conservation project that utilises wood previously cleared from the Niigata mountain forests.
All products are hand-finished by craftsmen in Tsubamesanjo.
A functional design that allows you to scoop up a lot, easily put it in the gaps between group plants, and mix fertilizers well. With the exquisite edge created by heat treatment and hand finish by a blacksmith specializing in hoe, it can comfortably work with hard soil, and also make root cutting very easy.
It is a handy claw designed to cultivate the soil firmly. Since conventional gardening claws are not heat-treated, they are not suitable for cultivating soil, and have the disadvantages of bending, chipping, and soil getting into the side slits of many claws. This claw is strengthened by the skilled blacksmiths of Tsubamesanjo, and the tip has a trapezoid structure that is easy to dig, and, by eliminating the slit on the side, it is hard to get dirty even after use. Plowing with this cultivator will make the soil fluffy, so the plants will create an environment where it is easy to reach water and nutrients.
For unwinding the crowded roots to make them fluffy. When replanting a plant, it is the best to unravel the densely solidified roots. It is also suitable for unraveling pot-bound roots and guiding small plant roots into their holes when transplanting.
Tsubamesanjo, Niigata Prefecture is a town famous for its metal processing and technological evolution. With the history and traditions of such manufacturing still preserved by craftsmen in this area, new advanced industrial technology continues to develop, making Tsubamesanjo homewares ideal products for the modern home, while still living within tradition.
Tsubame and Sanjo, often referred to as “mid-prefecture,” are two cities located almost in the center of Niigata Prefecture. Tsubame-Sanjo is famous for its metal processing, but it is also a region rich in nature – thanks to the Shinano river, Japan’s longest, that runs through the region – and is known as a production center for delicious rice and fruits. Its fertile land has long contributed to a harvest of agricultural products and prosperity.
The tradition of metal fabrication in these two towns dates back over 400 years to the Edo period (1603-1867), with the manufacturing of metal nails marking a turning point in Japan’s industrial revolution. Since then, Tsubame-Sanjo has become one of the world’s leading technological zones, continuously developing new ways to improve and evolve industrial technologies to meet new challenges amid changing times. But time-honoured techniques of the past are not forgotten. Some traditional industries, such as Tsuiki copperware and forging, are still passed down in an unbroken line from generation to generation, while simultaneously embracing present-day lifestyles with contemporary metal products and tools that no modern household can do without. In this way, the manufacturing tradition of Tsubame-Sanjo continues to evolve.
About Asano Mokkousho;
Located in Tsubamesanjo of Niigata prefecture, an area famous for its metal work, Asano Mokkousho was founded in 1950 by Teisuke Asano, the son of a farmer, after his marriage to Sakae Sasagawa, the daughter of a Tokyo manufacturer. This union of rural and metropolitan values would prove the linchpin of the new company. All their products are based on Teisuke’s wish to make farmers’ lives easier with his tools, and Sakae’s love of nature and her desire to help others who shared this love.
Today, Asano Mokkousho produces a wide variety of tools including domestic and professional gardening tools and outdoor utility knives, for everything from landscaping, agriculture, to road construction, etc. Their products are produced by skilled craftsmen with the same dedication to hard work and quality inherited from their founders.
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