Welcome to Doug Tanaka Divot Tools, home to the world’s finest collection of divot tools. Whether you’re a lifelong devotee of golf or brand new to the sport, professional or amateur, single or multi-digit handicapper, these are sure to be the finest, most beautiful divot tools you have ever owned. The materials have been selected from around the world for their combination of strength and beauty, then individually hand-sculpted to take advantage of each material’s unique pattern. As a result no two tools are ever the same.
Looking for the perfectly unique gift for the golfer who has everything? You have come to the right place! Golfers can be the most finicky sports enthusiasts when it comes to the equipment they use, and rightly so. Unless you’re sure they want a particular club or putter the safest gift pretty much comes down to clothing. Safe, yes, but hardly original. I constantly receive emails telling me how thrilled friends and relatives are when they open their present. One of my most memorable messages came from a fellow who received one as a gift and a few weeks later bought another one. It seems he kept his original tool in the ashtray of his car to play with on his daily commute and couldn’t bring himself to take it out on the golf course, so he was buying another one to actually use!
Because each tool is so unique I do not sell or make them in bulk. They are not mass-produced but shaped individually by hand and I view each one as a work of art. When you buy a tool from my website you will receive that exact one and it is immediately removed from the site. I often acquire materials, especially woods, that have unusually nice patterns, and the resulting tools will be particularly beautiful or unique. When this happens I try to point them out knowing there’s a good chance they will never be replicated. If you happen to see one of these that you like don’t miss your opportunity to pick it up.
All of the divot tools come in a nice, padded gift box with a small booklet that describes the material it was made from. Anyone who plays golf knows that a large percentage of one’s playing time is spent waiting for the group ahead to clear out, leaving a lot of time for chatting with your playing partners. Since the materials used to make my tools are so unusual, having information on the material gives a little something extra and fun to talk about while passing the time.
One of the most frequently asked questions about my tools are whether they’re strong and durable enough to actually use. The answer is a definite “Yes!” As beautiful and elegant as these tools are, I never lose sight of the fact that they are tools made to be used. Most the woods are dense and heavy enough to be classified as “Ironwoods”, woods heavy enough to sink in water, or very close to that weight. The other, more exotic materials have also been selected for their combination of strength and beauty. I am so confident in the durability of these tools, they all come with a lifetime guarantee against breakage as long as I am in business. I even guarantee them against wear through the years, rare to find in almost any product. The way I see it, if you hit enough greens to eventually wear one of my tools out you’ve earned the right to receive a new one! To make sure this policy isn’t abused, all I ask is that you send me the old tool. It’s as simple as that.
The divot tools come in several different styles. To learn more about them, how their designs came about, and how they’re used please click here or use the link above.
A frequent request is for me to make multiple tools from the same material to give as gifts for groomsmen. Whenever possible I will try to fulfill the request but please bear in mind that I do make the tools individually and availability is dependent on the stock I happen to have on hand. Unless the tools have already been made I also need quite a bit of lead time so please plan ahead.
I also occasionally get requests to make a tool out of a material someone already has, the most memorable being a bear hunter who wanted a divot tool made from the leg bone! Being a craftsman who truly enjoys making things I’m more than happy to oblige as long as the material is suitable for a working tool.
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| Featured Product
Snakewood Original Cigar Holder/Divot Tool
This cigar holder/divot tool is made from Snakewood (Piratinera guianensis), also called Leopardwood, a very dense and extremely rare wood native to South America, especially Dutch Guiana or Surinam, along the northern coast between the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. Snakewood is noted for its unique grain pattern of regular black markings on a background of red to orange and with a specific gravity that can reach as high as 1.37 it is arguably the hardest, densest wood in the world. It is often used for violin bows and conductor batons.
This is without a doubt the hardest wood I have ever worked with. Its hardness, combined with its uncommonly beautiful patterning and rich color, makes this just about the perfect divot tool wood. The extraordinary hardness also allows it to take a glass-like polish with a feel very much like Mammoth tusk ivory.
This is a particularly nice piece. The classic Snakewood pattern is very tight and even and the color is very rich. It comes from a very stable, crack-free section of log and has surprising heft. It is 3" long and just over 7/8" wide. The cigar cradle is 7/8" long, 3/4" wide and 3/16" deep. It will easily hold a large cigar up to ring gauge 60. The weight is a hefty 10.7 grams.