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Bill Hook

If I wrote a slasher B-movie, my villain would definitely wield a bill hook. This is one mean looking tool, as well as a tried and true pruning knife. The design extends back hundreds of years as both weapon and tool — similar designs are found in medieval weaponry. If it can slice through medieval armies, it’ll make quick work of the untamed woods out back.

Traditionally wielded in Europe for removing small brush and weeds, this 17″ Italian blade now comes to this side of the pond, courtesy of Lee Valley. Just so you don’t lose hold of the hook in your bushwhacking exuberance, the leather grip helps keep the tool in your hands.

For $27 you might be able to pick up a cheap hedge trimmer, but the bill hook looks so much more fun. Unfortunately you might have to wait until spring to give it a try, so to tide yourself over till then, take a few practice whacks at the Christmas tree — preferably after you’ve removed the decorations.

Bill Hook [Lee Valley]


4 Responses to Jason Should’ve Wielded A Bill Hook — For Pruning

  1. A slightly smaller version is common in southern Mexico (I believe they’re called a koa) – they have an open bottom so you can mount onto a pole handle for longer reach.

    You can buy locally made ones in a market for a couple bucks.

  2. Marc says:

    If you like that, take a look at this: http://www.woodmanspal.com/

  3. Eli says:

    I’ve got a Woodsman’s Pal. It doesn’t really do the same job as a bill hook, which is really good for hooking bramble canes. It’s good for splitting kindling though, and for limbing stuff before it goes through the compost shredder.

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