This narrow, short blade is ideal for digging and weeding in all soil types. The blade and shaft is heat treated to 50 RC hardness, and sharpened on the narrow entry point. It will cut like a knife though soil and roots allowing you to dig small holes in even the toughest soil. The short shaft and blade means that it is lightweight and well balanced, while the heat treated shaft means it wont bend, even under serious force. The Spotted Gum wood handle has a brass ferrule for strength and is ideal for all sizes.