I purchased one of these about 10 years ago in a tourist store with no previous knowledge of the brand. I use it almost every day I am in the flower beds. And it is still in great shape. It is a great multi-purpose trowel. Cuts through about any dirt type with ease as well as great to separate roots when transplanting. The blade is solid in the handle and the handle has a good grip. Easy to clean. It's my favorite tool. Getting another for myself and one for a friend.