MOM's Marketplace showcases a few new mail order products, including some mighty fine weeders.
How to Mail Order Products
Almost all of the garden weeders covered in this issue's article in MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 106 "In Search of the Perfect Hoe " are readily available by mail.
Garden Hoes and Weeders
The Kama costs $15.40 from Smith & Hawken. The Magic Weeder with a 5 inch handle costs $8.50 from Gardener's Supply. (One with a 14 inch handle goes for $12.) The Ramp and 'Sang Hoe is $13 from Hoedown. The Hand Swan Hoe is $8 from Smith & Hawken or $15.95 from Gardener's Supply. The American Pattern Hoe is $12 from Smith & Hawken. The Stalham Hoe costs $28 from Smith & Hawken. The Garden Hoe is $20 from Hoedown. The Five-Tine Cultivator can be ordered for $25.75 (with handle assist, $31) from Plow & Hearth or for $24.95 from Gardener's Supply. The Swan Hoe is $23.75 for a red one from Plow & Hearth; $23.95 for a blue one from Gardener's Supply. The Stirrup Hoe costs $19.95 from Plow & Hearth (60 inch handle) and $23 from Smith & Hawken (48 inch handle).
Smith & Hawken tools are available from Smith & Hawken, Mill Valley, CA. Add $3.50 shipping and handling for orders up to $20, $4.50 for orders between $20 and $40, $6 between $40 and $60, $7.50 between $60 and $80, $8.50 between $80 and $100, and $10 for over$100.
Hoedown tools are available from Hoe-down, Newville, WV. Add $5 shipping and handling for the Garden Hoe, $2 for the Ramp and 'Sang Hoe.
Gardener's Supply tools are available from Gardener's Supply Company, Burlington, VT. Add $2.50 shipping and handling for orders up to $ 15, $3.50 for orders between $ 15 and $25, $4.80 between $25 and $50, $5.90 between $50 and $75, $7 between $75 and $100, and 7% for orders over $100.
Plow & Hearth tools are available from The Plow & Hearth, Madison, VA. Add $3 shipping and handling for orders up to $20, $4 for orders between $20 and $40, $5 between $40 and $60, $6 between $60 and $80, $7 between $80 and $100, and $7.50 over $100.
Though its name translates to "Indians who live at the base of Mount Tamalpais," what Fisher Mountainbikes' new model really means is that you can now have the sort of mountainbike frame geometry we raved about on Gary Fisher's $1,450 Mt. Tarn (reviewed back in MOTHER EARTH NEWS issue NO. 86) for $575 (west coast). Equipped with all the latest componentry (Deore SIS shifters and rear derailleurs, for starters), the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo is made in Taiwan according to Fisher design and specifications. That adds up to an expensive bicycle bargain. To get more information, write to Fisher Mountainbikes, San Rafael, CA.
Backwoods High-Tech Knives
Buck Knives' new titanium lock-back knife epitomizes the current trend in outdoor equipment. Made of the stuff that saves pounds on F-16 fighters, the skeleton-framed model 18600 is no doubt grams lighter for its exotic-metal handle. Assembled with allen screws and equipped with the appropriate wrench, it can be quickly field-stripped for cleaning. The 3½ inch blade is Buck's usual fine high-carbon, high-chrome tempered steel. The titanium is corrosion resistant, and a belt clip is supplied, so you won't even need a sheath. Check with your Buck Knives dealer.