While searching on the web yesterday for pictures of trail building tools, I came across a unique looking tool with the name “Rogue” stamped on the head. The tool was similar to your standard Macleod, but had a heavier, sharper, stronger looking hoe and tines. A quick Google search brought up the web site for their company, Rogue Hoe.
Rogue Hoe is a family owned business located in the Missouri Ozarks, and they make these tools from recycled agricultural disc blades, which they claim are a high grade tempered steel, well suited for strength and holding an edge. The tools are 100% made in the USA
Many of their tools look like they would be excellent tools for trail building. My favorite ones are pictured below. You can see everything they have to offer on their website. They even have a section of tools for trail building.
Check out their link here: Rogue Hoe’s Trail Building Tools
These tools look amazing, and I am going to see if I can have one shipped up to where I live in Canada. It would be nice to give them a test. I have always found the Macleod to be one of the best tools for doing finishing work, but the rake teeth on most of them are easy to break, and the hoe end is never very sharp. Rogue Hoe says their tools are all sharpened on three sides, and emphasize that they DO hold and edge! I will write a review of their tools in the summer time, if I can get one up here.
If any one here has had any experience with using tool from Rogue Hoe, please tell us about them in the comments below.
If there are any other companies making kick ass tools for trail building, tell us about them.