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Very cheap online via ebay. Quick poll among Vetiver growers suggests that this is the best manual tool.
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With my trusty 8" sickle I've been harvesting Vetiver stems hither and yon -- especially as the plants respond to the warm 'Winter'.
While Vetiver's growth properties are both height and number of stems, I'm likely to get more mulch material than I expected from each plant.
Yes, that is a downside. That is why I pre-tied my bundles before cutting. Tedious but no stooping.
I should add that in the online discussion, the Vetiveristas pointed out that while shears, secateurs and whipper snippers cut Vetiver OK the stems fall to the ground and you have to later collect them. With a wee sickle you handle the stems from the getgo without having stoop to recover the cut material.
Well, you want to hold the plant with one hand and cut it with the other.
Or these shears.
Use secateurs going by news reports its illegal to have a knife in public area so if forget about the knife could be charged .Autobarn have a survival knife for on special for $18.49 .
As a matter of interest, I wanted a gardening knife for the school but one I couldn't allow to leave my person as it would become weaponry of sorts. A missing knife would be a disaster.
So I thought 'pocket knife' and lanyard -- and got this one at Anaconda: GERBER STL 2.5
Very handy in ye old pocket knife style. Compared to most, an OK price:$25.
Light. Just the thing to carry around the garden potting about...
I bought two -- they were so cheap. Handy also if I go on a throat slashing spree. I've brought sickles before from Permaculture Tools --LINK-- but they're much dearer, esp if you are just experimenting -- and their small serrated sickle is out of stock.
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