I have said it before: in matters of taste, there is no argument (De gustibus non est disputandum).
Now having said that, let me tell you about something I like!
All tools are personal things. What works for you won’t work for me, and vice-versa. And after early experiences, I have long maintained a Do Not Buy policy for my own garden toolshed. I learned that I was wasting my money AND precious tool-storage space by succumbing to every short-handled tool whim. I always used what I liked, and what I liked was never the new-fangled thingy I thought I needed to have.
Well! After years of coveting, I broke my rule and bought this tool.
It does look positively murderous: like the game of Clue, Mr. Green did it in the garden with the Korean Ho-mi!
It is the BOMB. Seriously. I have never planted potatoes faster, or planted peas with such ease. Like all new things, you need to learn how to use it. My only criticism is that the handle is overly large. I purchased it from the stalwart folks at A.M. Leonard: I can only guess (if it was they who made it that is) that those swarthy Germanic Ohio boys have bigger hands than my dainty blistered Irish ones…and certainly my hands aren’t much smaller than those gardeners of peninsular eastern Asia, from whence the design comes. No matter. There still is no ONE garden tool I turn to, and this one isn’t it either, so the diameter of the handle doesn’t bother me enough to have it changed.
I am glad to have added it to the collection. And, goodness knows, it does look intimidating. I think we can all agree about that.