Because of its sharp, deeply curved long, narrow (7 x 14") blade, this excels at work in difficult soils (heavy clay or rubble) digging deep holes or trenching. And look at the handle. The D-shape handle and shaft are manufactured from a single piece of Ash. There are no joints in it, so it is exceptionally robust and comfortable to grip. Overall length from tip to tip is 48". The handle (with its reinforcing steel pin) alone is a gem. It’s a beautifully made tool built to last. Ships with handle and blade disassembled. Assembles quickly.