Like a stirrup hoe, these weeders in both hand and long-handled models make quick work of small weeds, slicing the stem from the root just below the soil surface. Unlike a stirrup hoe, they don’t have moving parts to wear down, and they are light as a feather—though plenty strong. Made in Vermont by Two Bad Cats, a father-son team who engineer and manufacture well-made ingenious tools for the serious gardener and small farmer. These wire weeders are one of their most popular items. Not intended for hacking through tough roots or into compacted soil, so please don’t use them that way.Both versions have a 5" wide head and an aluminum handle with a comfortable foam grip. The hand weeder has a 10" handle (overall length 14") and the long weeder has a 56" handle (overall length 60").