I am a professional gardener, and I can safely say that this is the best weeder I have ever used. It is well constructed, with a long handle and a wide, forged steel tip, with which it is easy to dig up even the tough perennial roots of plants like Dandelion and Pokeweed. I have also often used mine for planting seedlings and perennial divisions. I have bought three in my life, and had the first for fourteen years (of almost daily use), until I unfortunately lost it. I bought two to replace the one I lost: one for use, and one as insurance. They are well worth the price, and have been manufactured by the same company since the nineteenth century.