This is my favorite garden tool, bar none. It loosens soil, it digs deep to pullout weeds, it makes troughs for planting, and it smooths the soil again, all with the same basic action. It is very durable, resists rust, and is just the right shape. I have had mine for over 10 years and LOVE it still. I love it so much, I have purchased additional for presents to give to gardening friends. It does look a bit intimidating, which made for an awkward moment when I gave one to my son's garden loving teacher. My mother calls hers the "lethal weapon", but uses it constantly too. I have never seen one for sale anywhere else so I hope Pinetree never stops selling these.