Forget the wiggling stirrup style hoe. This innovative Rittenhouse design has a circular shaped blade that lets you weed accurately and closely around your plants while avoiding damage to their roots. Cuts weeds just under the soil surface and leaves soil in place. 59" handle prevents back pain. Blade is made of forged carbon steel and the handle is ash. This long lasting, quality tool sells for $29.99. 2001 Editor's Choice award from Organic Gardening Magazine .