This is my favorite hand tool of all time. It is sturdy--I've had mine for 15 years now. It is great at loosening soil, digging trenches for seeds, scooping and smoothing soil, and benetrating through **** roots and pulling them to the surface. I love it so much, it is one of my favorite things to give as a gift to my gardening friends. The angle, point, and scooped edge are designed exactly right. I really love this little tool and recently bought myself a second one--so I can have one always at hand wherever I am in the garden.