The JAPANESE THREE PRONG RAKE or Bear Claw is the best heavy duty hand tool for breaking up the soil and really doing a job on areas with dense root systems. Whatever frustrations you had going into your gardening day are quickly forgotten after attacking the dirt with this tool. It's heavy but has perfect balance, so it doesn't tire you out. It has a sturdy oak handle and three slightly curved tines that are next to impossible to bend or break. Mine is going on year 10.