Recently I was sent a pair of Honey Badger Garden Gloves to try out. These gloves are made by a small company in Atlanta, Georgia. Before they sent them they asked if I preferred to have the ‘claws’ on the right hand or the left hand. I chose to have them on the right hand, my dominant hand.
This offer came fairly late in the season but I still had a whole long peony bed to clean out. I had cut back most of the peonies and had launched myself into getting out all the weeds hidden by the peony foliage.
Before I got my hands into the soil, I did scratch around with my Korean hand hoe to loosen up the soil – and the weeds. Then I began digging around the weeds with my claws so that I could pull them out with the roots intact.
Once I get my claws around the root I can pull up the whole weed clump. I am a gardener who spends a lot of time on her knees, and I use my hands a lot. It was a big day for me when I finally realized I really could use gloves efficiently and stop walking around with dirty, broken nails. The construction of the glove protects the fingertips and nails inside the claw tip. You get some leverage, and a lot of protection. Even without the claw, the gloves are made of slightly heavier material than I am used to, but they are flexible and rated for 200 hours of wear. I have not used them for that long yet. I do know that the first place my gloves ware out is at the finger tip. The claws are made of ABS plastic – just like LEGOs.
These gloves are available online and cost $24.95 for claws on one hand, but you can request claws on both hands for $29.95. Plus shipping. The claws also come in different colors, gray like mine, gray & blue, green, or green & blue.