Durable, dependable and versatile. This is what you want in a shovel. Growing up with a farmer for a father we used the most dependable tools. Whenever we had a job to do we took this same model of shovel. The blade is super thick steel and when sharpened it will weed, dig holes, cut roots, break ice, etc. This shovel is hands down the most versatile and will last a lifetime. My father still has the shovel I used growing up. It has >30 years of use on it.