Ok a LONG time ago my mother gave me this amazing garden tool. I have had it for years and it is by far my favored tool for everything. I would LOVE to get another one. All I know about it is that it was made in Germany and it was sold by Burpee. Anyone ever seen it before and is there anyone in Germany that knows if they still make them?
This is not the same as your tool, but you might like to hear about a tool I got this spring at Lowe's. It's an OXO Good Grips Gel-e trowel with serrated edges. It's very thick and sturdy, but lightweight. I've found it very useful for cutting through tough rootballs. I love that it does double-duty, serving as two tools for me. The handle's very comfy to grip, too.
I don't think the item listed (on the weblink below) is 'it' specifically - but, it's looking mitey similar. Been looking for one with the 'dished'/contoured area in the metal part of it, such as the one you've posted.
Close but not it! Thanks so much for all the searching, here is the story on this. My mom had two of these, one she gave to me and I love it dearly. It is THE tool that I take with me everytime I go out to do anything. The toothy side is wonderful for scaping up the little seedling weeds, it digs like and dream, it is basically an extension of my hand, I would be lost without it! Here is where the sad part comes in, my mom while gardening recently "lost" hers!!!! She has been so upset and searches everyday for it. She even had my dad out there looking too!!! SO I was hoping that I could find it online somewhere even if I had to order if from Germany (where it was originally made) to replace hers until she finds it! Burpee sold these and they are less then helpful! I emailed and tried to get some info on it and all I got was oh we don't sell tools!
Sometime in the 80's probably early to mid. I am still looking for this and she still hasn't found hers in her yard yet! Recently she realized that one of her face stones was missing, I told her who ever grabbed that must of come back for the digger. She didn't think that was too funny!
You know, I think it's not that complicated of a design, so I wonder, if it's worth a lot to you, if you could comission a local metal/wood worker to make one for you. You have the exact dimensions, the angles, etc of it, and they should be able to make one that is an exact replica, except perhaps for the handle. You might have to make do with a wood handle. But I am sure there are tool makers or artisan wood/metal workers who would make you one. Admittedly it's going to cost you more than the average garden tool, but it's an option if you really, really want one. Just an idea!
Fiskars has a tool called a Garden Knife that look almost exactly like yours. I have many Fiskars tools and they have proven very reliable.
The Garden Knife is available at Target for $9.95. Fiskars has an excellent web site and you can view the tool there.