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Original message (posted by priscus)
Still searching for replacement narrow bladed Dutch hoe, and as a result of Googling, and following a number of links to various garden related web sites, I find that I am not alone. It seems many of us are engaged in this fruitless search!

I wonder how we get to the situation where what users want is one thing, and what manufacturers unload upon them is a totally different thing.

I think that I will call it the Microsoft Syndrome!

Countless replies to queries from gardeners elicit the reply, "Cut one down to size with an angle grinder."

Well, I wish I could. I would be quite happy to do that if I could find one where doing so would not slice through the metal which attaches blade to shaft. ie one needed that does not attach via metal at outer edges of blade width.

Yesterday, I shifted 16 buckets of weeds, and damaged (fatally in most instances) about a dozen plants because hoe blade is too wide for purpose.
 
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