Dre Oeschger

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John F Dean wrote:This stool/knee pad my wife got for me is the greatest.



Thanks John!  Patrick actually just added one of these to the lineup this last year.

2 months ago
Thanks guys!  I'm glad you like your new tool.  Mary should be getting hers this week.  I held off sending hers as she was in the middle of a move. :)
2 months ago
Thank you Joel
2 months ago
Congratulations to the four winners!

Thank you for all of your help with the giveaway, Nicole! :)

If anyone else would like to help us with our initial push for this tool on Amazon please just search for and purchase one on Amazon and leave us an Amazon review.

Only reviews from full price purchasers are counted as verified reviews on Amazon. If you purchase a Truly Garden Hand Weeding Sickle this August, please let me know that you did here on Permies.  


2 months ago
Congratulations to the four winners!

Thank you for all of your help with the giveaway, Nicole! :)

If anyone else would like to help us with our initial push for this tool on Amazon please just search for and purchase one on Amazon and leave us an Amazon review.

Only reviews from full price purchasers are counted as verified reviews on Amazon. If you purchase a Truly Garden Hand Weeding Sickle this August, please let me know that you did here on Permies.  


2 months ago

Jay Angler wrote:
Yes, I've been chopping and dropping the Burdock and using it for mulch in place or near-by, but some of it is in awkward spots and sometimes it gets too big before I realize and then it's *really* hard to chop the main stem. Sometimes the  main stem is so big that my long handled pruners won't go around it, so I'm wondering if you think your tool would "chop" the stem. The specific plant I'm thinking of is in a spot where I couldn't swing a machete without hitting things I don't want to hit. It seems too time consuming to use my collapsible saw and I'm not sure how effective a saw would be on it - would it cut it or just make a mashy mess? I've got two hori hori knives, neither of them from your company, but I wouldn't have thought either would be best for this task. Maybe I'll take a picture and post it and then everyone can weigh in on their approach!



I feel like I need to go take mine up where some burdock is and see what it can do. :)  We just moved onto 15+ acres in Panhandle Idaho and there is a lot of wild around to play in.  Our focus has been on a shelter for winter though currently. :)
3 months ago

Mike Haasl wrote:Just encountered another opportunity.  Maybe this exists already though...   I was harvesting cut and come again greens.  To collect a salad, a small scissors works.  To run a CSA, the drill powered brush/mower/bag machine works great.  To harvest a pound of greens is in the middle.  Kind of a pain to use the scissors and no where near a large enough job to buy the machine for.

Is there a little sickle or curved scissors or other device that would help you cut greens by the handful so you can harvest efficiently?  I'm guessing before they invented the brush machine people used something.  Was that the thing I should get?  And if so, what was it?  If that thing sucked, could Patrick invent something better?

Beats me, just throwing it out there



My husband's off the cuff idea was an electric turkey carver.  It sounds like there is a need for a hand scythe/sickle...I will have to do more research.

This thread has turned out great.  I appreciate everyone's ideas!
3 months ago

Bobby Fallon wrote:

I would love some reasonably priced interchangeable hoes!

Finding a hand scythe is also difficult it seems. Have companies all but stopped making these?

What makes your tools better than the competitions? Or better yet, why support your business?

Just curious how much of a permit believer and practitioner you are!

Have a great day!



Hello Bobby :)  I reached out to Patrick for this one and here was his response:

Patrick Freeburger wrote:Our tools are generally better than our competitors and we offer a 5 year warranty.  We try to offer something extra for the same price as our competitors - sharpening stone, sheath etc.

We use as little plastic as possible in our packaging:



We support Permie kickstarters and have donated over 30 hori horis to Paul's ants.
We donate to trees.org to plant a tree for every product sold - We have planted over 40,000 trees so far.



I would add that he hired me via the permies forum.  My husband attended the PDC at Wheaton Labs, and I will be helping with next year's PTJ.
3 months ago

Saralee Couchoud wrote:Wecome, so glad to be able to ask questions. I  see you answered my first question about using it to harvest grain and that no it is a hand tool. Which promts my next question, do you make one that is good for harvesting grain?



The hori hori is an all around amazing tool that would work well for that, but it is not expressly for that purpose.  I will let Patrick know that there is interested in a harvesting sickle.
3 months ago