Discover Ergonomic Gardening

‘Tis the season to dig and plant, but if you’re the sort of person who thinks “gardening” is synonymous with “aching,” today’s Grommet might change your mind. Meet Radius Garden tools, the only ones with a patented ergonomic grip, dubbed the Natural Radius Grip (NRG). What’s NRG? Sure, it looks cool, with those rounded handles, but NRG isn’t about looks. The unique curvature yields two distinct benefits. First, the design is wrist-neutral, which means more comfort for everyone, and particularly for those with carpal tunnel or arthritis. Second, the ergonomic grip actually provides greater leverage, which means you can yield more force with less strain on your hand and wrist. Each Radius NRG hand tool — trowel, transplanter, cultivator and weeder — also features an aluminum/magnesium alloy blade that provides plenty of strength without a lot of weight. Radius founder Bruce Baker says that garden tools had always been designed for the convenience of the manufacturer rather than the comfort and safety of the user. But with Radius design, the goal is productive, pain-free gardening. That sounds great to us.

Radius

Ergonomic Garden Tools

Discover Ergonomic Gardening

‘Tis the season to dig and plant, but if you’re the sort of person who thinks “gardening” is synonymous with “aching,” today’s Grommet might change your mind. Meet Radius Garden tools, the only ones with a patented ergonomic grip, dubbed the Natural Radius Grip (NRG). What’s NRG? Sure, it looks cool, with those rounded handles, but NRG isn’t about looks. The unique curvature yields two distinct benefits. First, the design is wrist-neutral, which means more comfort for everyone, and particularly for those with carpal tunnel or arthritis. Second, the ergonomic grip actually provides greater leverage, which means you can yield more force with less strain on your hand and wrist. Each Radius NRG hand tool — trowel, transplanter, cultivator and weeder — also features an aluminum/magnesium alloy blade that provides plenty of strength without a lot of weight. Radius founder Bruce Baker says that garden tools had always been designed for the convenience of the manufacturer rather than the comfort and safety of the user. But with Radius design, the goal is productive, pain-free gardening. That sounds great to us.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bruce
    Bruce

    It's an honor for me to be here answering your questions this afternoon. I've been an amateur gardener and weekend landscaper all of my life, but it wasn't until few years ago that I ever even dreamed that gardeners all over the world would be able to garden more and hurt less using the Radius Garden tools that I've designed. The whole idea for this company came to me in a flash when I noticed a friend had hurt her hand with a garden trowel. That raised a question for me that I had to answer: "Why not build a better trowel?" Since that sudden inspiration I have dedicated myself to designing better, safer, easier-to-use garden tools. So, let's have some fun this afternoon. Ask me any question. I'm at your service.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    4/23/2010 12:19 PM

    I tested these garden tools and found them to be very easy to use and real workhorses! They are lightweight, but beautifully made and comfortable in the hand. My favorite was the weeder with its serrated edges - it dug down deep around the roots of the weed and popped it right out. I would have expected to pay much more for this high quality product. I've thrown out many garden tools that were splintered, rusted, or cracked, so I like that Radius backs up their products with a lifetime guarantee. Great gift for the gardener in your life!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    4/23/2010 12:24 PM

    Thanks, Sara! I use the weeder myself almost every day during the growing season. I've found that it works great for transplanting potted plants too!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/23/2010 12:40 PM

    The design of these makes great sense. Bruce, when you demonstrated how the wrist gets strained with normal gardening tools you could easily see how that would be the case and how this design will prevent it. It also looks like you would be able to get more leverage to bring things back out of the dirt than your average tool.

    I also wanted to share some of the honors that these tools have received:

    • The Radius hand tools were tested by 100 members of the National Home Gardening Association, and were awarded a 98% Approval Rating, which they were told was pretty much unheard of.
    • Oprah featured them on her show and in her magazine and called them "The Brightest Tools in the Shed."
    • They were also awarded "Best New Item" or "Best New Product" by multiple distributors of gardening products.


    Great job Bruce!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    4/23/2010 12:51 PM

    Thanks, Katherine. One of the interesting things we found during the research that led to the Natural Radius Grip is that much of the amazing power displayed in martial arts such as karate comes from a precise understanding of how the hand and forearm interact through the wrist. Using those same principles for tool design gives everyone more strength and stamina in the garden while helping to protect against long term strain and acute injuries.

  • Mark
    Mark
    4/23/2010 1:32 PM

    Bruce, my mother is a lifelong gardener, but as she is aging, she is finding it more and more difficult. I never thought that part of her difficulty could be due to the tools she is using. Thanks.

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    4/23/2010 1:50 PM

    Hi Mark, Gardening is incredibly strenuous work. Little stresses and strains that are barely noticed at the time will cumulate during the course of an hour or two of gardening. As you get older you often won't even know that you've hurt yourself until a day or two after gardening. Your mother should find these tools easier to use because the better ergonomics will mean less strain. The word "ergonomic" comes from the latin for "work naturally." That's why we call our handle the "Natural Radius Grip." It conforms to the radius defined by the curve the palm of your hand and allows you to keep your wrist aligned in a safe, neutral position. This means when you use the tools the force flows from your large muscles in a line that parallels your radius and ulna bones in your forearm and directly through your wrist and hand through the blade of the tool. This is all a very complicated way of saying the tools will feel very comfortable in your mother's hand while she gardens.

  • grace
    grace
    4/23/2010 11:22 PM

    My other tools are wooden and give me splinters and blisters. The Radius is a great design!!

  • Paige
    Paige
    4/24/2010 6:52 PM

    Hey Bruce, My grandmother could really use these tools because she is older and her wrists hurt when she gardens. But she LOVES to garden! Her favorite color is blue. Do the tools come in any other colors?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2010 11:38 PM

    @Paige - I bet when you give these to her, she'll take a liking to green! Green is the color these tools come in.

    @Grace - Splinters and blisters really take the fun out of gardening!

  • Patti
    Patti – Grommet Team
    4/25/2010 9:07 AM

    I did quite a bit of planting and transplanting this weekend. I'm bummed that I forgot to "borrow" the Radius samples from our office. Time to buy my own set of Radius tools....and a set for my mom...and a set for my sister...and a set for...you get the idea!

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    6/21/2010 11:55 PM

    These have proven to be very popular in our house. Clearly very superior to traditional tools.

  • Julie
    Julie – Grommet Team
    6/22/2010 1:13 PM

    @DJP That's great! Thanks for stopping by to share your experience with this Grommet!

  • Janet
    Janet
    3/23/2011 2:22 PM

    I would like to purchase the trowel but see it is out of stock.

    When will it be available?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2011 3:17 PM

    @Janet: Hi Janet, we will be selling the four Radius Garden tools as a set going forward and the set is currently available to purchase.

  • Betsy Harper
    Betsy Harper
    12/4/2011 10:32 PM

    You indicated above that in the future you would be selling the Radius tools as a set. But I only see the Cultivator on your site. My mom has only one thing on her Christmas list this year - another Radius weeder. How can I get one?!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/5/2011 12:18 AM

    @Betsy Harper: Unfortunately, we won't be getting this item back before Christmas.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Radius

Ergonomic Garden Tools

Discover Ergonomic Gardening

‘Tis the season to dig and plant, but if you’re the sort of person who thinks “gardening” is synonymous with “aching,” today’s Grommet might change your mind.

Meet Radius Garden tools, the only ones with a patented ergonomic grip, dubbed the Natural Radius Grip (NRG). What’s NRG? Sure, it looks cool, with those rounded handles, but NRG isn’t about looks. The unique curvature yields two distinct benefits. First, the design is wrist-neutral, which means more comfort for everyone, and particularly for those with
carpal tunnel or arthritis. Second, the ergonomic grip actually provides greater leverage, which means you can yield more force with less strain on your hand and wrist. Each Radius NRG hand tool — trowel, transplanter, cultivator and weeder — also features an aluminum/magnesium alloy blade that provides plenty of strength without a lot of weight.

Radius founder Bruce Baker says that garden tools had always been designed for the convenience of the manufacturer rather than the comfort and safety of the user. But with Radius design, the goal is productive, pain-free gardening. That sounds great to us.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Bruce
    Bruce

    It's an honor for me to be here answering your questions this afternoon. I've been an amateur gardener and weekend landscaper all of my life, but it wasn't until few years ago that I ever even dreamed that gardeners all over the world would be able to garden more and hurt less using the Radius Garden tools that I've designed. The whole idea for this company came to me in a flash when I noticed a friend had hurt her hand with a garden trowel. That raised a question for me that I had to answer: "Why not build a better trowel?" Since that sudden inspiration I have dedicated myself to designing better, safer, easier-to-use garden tools. So, let's have some fun this afternoon. Ask me any question. I'm at your service.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    4/23/2010 12:19 PM

    I tested these garden tools and found them to be very easy to use and real workhorses! They are lightweight, but beautifully made and comfortable in the hand. My favorite was the weeder with its serrated edges - it dug down deep around the roots of the weed and popped it right out. I would have expected to pay much more for this high quality product. I've thrown out many garden tools that were splintered, rusted, or cracked, so I like that Radius backs up their products with a lifetime guarantee. Great gift for the gardener in your life!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    4/23/2010 12:24 PM

    Thanks, Sara! I use the weeder myself almost every day during the growing season. I've found that it works great for transplanting potted plants too!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/23/2010 12:40 PM

    The design of these makes great sense. Bruce, when you demonstrated how the wrist gets strained with normal gardening tools you could easily see how that would be the case and how this design will prevent it. It also looks like you would be able to get more leverage to bring things back out of the dirt than your average tool.

    I also wanted to share some of the honors that these tools have received:

    • The Radius hand tools were tested by 100 members of the National Home Gardening Association, and were awarded a 98% Approval Rating, which they were told was pretty much unheard of.
    • Oprah featured them on her show and in her magazine and called them "The Brightest Tools in the Shed."
    • They were also awarded "Best New Item" or "Best New Product" by multiple distributors of gardening products.


    Great job Bruce!

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    4/23/2010 12:51 PM

    Thanks, Katherine. One of the interesting things we found during the research that led to the Natural Radius Grip is that much of the amazing power displayed in martial arts such as karate comes from a precise understanding of how the hand and forearm interact through the wrist. Using those same principles for tool design gives everyone more strength and stamina in the garden while helping to protect against long term strain and acute injuries.

  • Mark
    Mark
    4/23/2010 1:32 PM

    Bruce, my mother is a lifelong gardener, but as she is aging, she is finding it more and more difficult. I never thought that part of her difficulty could be due to the tools she is using. Thanks.

  • Bruce
    Bruce – Special Guest
    4/23/2010 1:50 PM

    Hi Mark, Gardening is incredibly strenuous work. Little stresses and strains that are barely noticed at the time will cumulate during the course of an hour or two of gardening. As you get older you often won't even know that you've hurt yourself until a day or two after gardening. Your mother should find these tools easier to use because the better ergonomics will mean less strain. The word "ergonomic" comes from the latin for "work naturally." That's why we call our handle the "Natural Radius Grip." It conforms to the radius defined by the curve the palm of your hand and allows you to keep your wrist aligned in a safe, neutral position. This means when you use the tools the force flows from your large muscles in a line that parallels your radius and ulna bones in your forearm and directly through your wrist and hand through the blade of the tool. This is all a very complicated way of saying the tools will feel very comfortable in your mother's hand while she gardens.

  • grace
    grace
    4/23/2010 11:22 PM

    My other tools are wooden and give me splinters and blisters. The Radius is a great design!!

  • Paige
    Paige
    4/24/2010 6:52 PM

    Hey Bruce, My grandmother could really use these tools because she is older and her wrists hurt when she gardens. But she LOVES to garden! Her favorite color is blue. Do the tools come in any other colors?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2010 11:38 PM

    @Paige - I bet when you give these to her, she'll take a liking to green! Green is the color these tools come in.

    @Grace - Splinters and blisters really take the fun out of gardening!

  • Patti
    Patti – Grommet Team
    4/25/2010 9:07 AM

    I did quite a bit of planting and transplanting this weekend. I'm bummed that I forgot to "borrow" the Radius samples from our office. Time to buy my own set of Radius tools....and a set for my mom...and a set for my sister...and a set for...you get the idea!

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    6/21/2010 11:55 PM

    These have proven to be very popular in our house. Clearly very superior to traditional tools.

  • Julie
    Julie – Grommet Team
    6/22/2010 1:13 PM

    @DJP That's great! Thanks for stopping by to share your experience with this Grommet!

  • Janet
    Janet
    3/23/2011 2:22 PM

    I would like to purchase the trowel but see it is out of stock.

    When will it be available?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2011 3:17 PM

    @Janet: Hi Janet, we will be selling the four Radius Garden tools as a set going forward and the set is currently available to purchase.

  • Betsy Harper
    Betsy Harper
    12/4/2011 10:32 PM

    You indicated above that in the future you would be selling the Radius tools as a set. But I only see the Cultivator on your site. My mom has only one thing on her Christmas list this year - another Radius weeder. How can I get one?!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/5/2011 12:18 AM

    @Betsy Harper: Unfortunately, we won't be getting this item back before Christmas.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.