I took my maddic the other day because I went back to my \"honey\" hole. Boy, was I saddly disappointed. Of all the 100's of plants that I saw earlier this year, MAYBE 1/4 were still up. Well, I learned what I won't be taking back to the woods. That maddic. I felt like every time I sunk that blade into the ground I was going to have a stroke. I just knew I was chopping up roots. I actually never hurt a single root that I intended to dig but, did manage to chop up 2 or 3 that I didn't see. That made me sick so I went back to the old faithful. A long handled screw driver looking thing with a forked flat blade. I love it because I have plenty of control and can use it as delicate as a paint brush to find every hair root. It's strong and doesn't bend easy. I also carry a small (well built) spade about 12 inchs long to chop up tree roots that get in my way. Those two have served me well albeit they are slower than the maddic. The spade fits in my hammer holder and has never fell out (knock on wood) and both have 1/4 rope slings to wrap around my wrist. On the way out I stuck the maddic in the loop on the top of my back pack and it made for easy carrying but, when I bent over to slurp water from a spring it slid up the loop and hit me square on the knot in the back of my head almost rindering me dumber than a coal bucket. I don't need any help at that anyways, so I slung the maddic and will go back and get it later in the year if no one finds it and it wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit if they do.