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'Slava' Copper Weeding Sickle


This perfectly balanced, sickle-shaped hoe is ideal for clearing spaces with little room between the plants. Adding to its charm, the curved blade looks like a toucan from some angles!

If you're looking for a unique gift for a gardener, you can't go wrong with this lovely example of Slovenian craftsmanship.

Read about why you should choose copper tools.

  • Nicely-balanced, easy-to-use garden tool 
  • Overall dimensions: 32.5cm x 9.5cm x 16.5cm
  • Made from bronze with an ash wood handle
  • Rustproof, anti-microbial and low friction

I aim to pick and pack your order within 24 hours of receipt and you should expect your parcel to arrive within 3–5 working days under normal circumstances. Orders placed on a Friday may not be sent until the following Monday. All delivery charges are calculated and displayed at the checkout.

  • If your order can safely be sent in an envelope or small parcel, it will be sent by Royal Mail via a tracked service for £3.50. This doesn't require a signature but does let you know where your parcel is.
  • Larger orders will be sent either with Royal Mail or a premium courier service for £4.95. Tracking details will be sent via SMS and/or email, if these contacts are provided.
  • Extra large or heavy items will be sent for £20 via a premium courier service with tracking provided. Delivery is normally the next working day after dispatch.
  • For deliveries to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and international addresses, please drop me a line at letting me know where you are in the world and what you'd like to purchase. I will check the items are allowed to be shipped to your location and get a cost for your approval.

Should you need to return an item, drop me a line at within 14 days of receiving your purchase, providing your name, order number and the reason for your return. I will let you know how to return your item.

Please visit my Delivery & Returns page for more detailed information.

There is so much to say in praise of copper tools that it's hard to understand why we don't use them more often. As well as being deeply practical, they make very glamorous gifts for gardeners when new and still softly gleaming.

In its pure form, copper can be beaten or formed into complex shapes without cracking. When combined with small quantities of other metals, notably tin, to make bronze, copper retains its flexibility but becomes considerably harder and more durable.

Copper tools are sharp and can be sharpened with a whetstone or file. Whatsmore, because the metal has a low coefficient of friction, there is less tendency for soil to cling to it. Copper tools glide through the ground and need minimal cleaning. However, they can be dented if they hit stones or other large obstacles.

Copper does not rust, so tools made from bronze have a much longer lifespan than those forged from iron. Over time they will develop an attractive, mottled patina that helps to protect the metal beneath.

As copper tools are used, minute amounts of copper are deposited in the soil, benefitting microorganisms but deterring slugs and snails. Copper traces also ionize water, increasing its surface tension. This makes it easier for plants to pump water and enhances the soil's ability to retain water, which is particularly useful in light, sandy soils or during periods of drought.

Brand Focus

OJ Bron

Osti Jarej Bron are husband and wife team Tina and Tomaž Kvasnik. At their home in Slovenia they use age-old techniques to manufacture tools from alloys of copper; handles are turned from local, sustainably-sourced timber. Combining a deep understanding of farming, carpentry, ecology, biodynamics and geometry Tina and Tomaž are able to create tools that will become a part of you over the years. As well as looking exceptionally beautiful when new, copper tools quickly develop a rich, protective patina. They are lightweight, easy to use and do not rust. Copper has a positive effect on the soil and is believed to help repel slugs and snails. Whilst that can’t be guaranteed, every little helps in the battle against our age-old foes. OJ Bron tools make fabulous gifts and self-treats.

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