It's the one thing I wouldn't be without. It was probably the best freebie I've ever been given in all the years I've been a garden hack.
It looks exactly like the one in the picture. I can't even remember which particular press event it was: just that those nice people at Marshalls (and here's my chance - even if they have had to wait several years - to give them the mention they were no doubt after in exchange for the freebie) included one in a goody bag.
But I realised the other day that I very rarely actually use mine for proper gardening. I don't do much T-budding (for which you'd need a finer knife anyway); I find secateurs more useful for things like dead-heading; and I don't bother chipping seeds.
- cutting up little bits of string for tying in sweetpeas (and beans, and peas, and achocha)
- hoicking those bits of hair and string and wool and stuff out of the brush on the vacuum cleaner
- gouging dirt out from under your fingernails
- acting as a stand-in screwdriver to undo the cross-head bolts on greenhouse staging
- ditto to tighten up the arms of your glasses when they come loose
- slitting open compost bags
- cutting x-shaped holes through planting membranes and into the tops of grow bags
- prising out mud from the treads of gardening boots
- going armed against potential thugs on the Underground while convincing police you're just a batty middle-aged gardener