The khurpi also known as a hand hoe which is most commonly used as a hand tool for weeding. The tool is used in squatting position. The khurpi consists of a sharp, straight-edged metallic blade with a tang embedded into a wooden handle. The blade and a tang are forged in single piece to shape a medium or high carbon steel. In some cases alloy steel (nickel, chromium or molybdenum or manganese) is also used for the fabrication of blade.
The cutting edge is hardened and I sharpened. The tang is joined to the wooden handle with the help of rivets. The shape and design of the khurpi are region or location specific depending upon the soil and cultural practices. For operation the khurpi is held in one hand and pushed into the soil for removal of weeds or unwanted plants. The cutting or uprooting of the weed or undesired plant takes place due to shear and this impact action of blade as khurpi. Specifications the khurpi is a small and a very popular hand tool and is available in various shapes and sizes.
Most of the design specifications fall in the following ranges. ✔Overall length (mm): up to 350 ✔Length of blade with tang (mm) : 150-250 ✔Width of the cutting edge (mm) : 65-150 Weight (kg) : 0.3-0.70 Uses of khurpi is used for removing weeds and unwanted plants from the crop.
The tool is also used for breaking the surface layer, aeration and mulching of the soil.
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