I was using one of these this morning to strim down large bits of hawthorn and blackthorn removed from a hedge which was being managed. I looked it up under 'modern billhook' for a YouTube video I am making. It's an excellent piece of work, much more ergonomic than the heavier old fashioned billhooks. Its easier to sharpen being thinner, the extra length and radical curved end make it easier to pick wood up without bending over so much. The leather handle won't split like the wooden handles of other billhooks I have used did. The hand guard greatly reduces the risk of the tool flying away from the hand as it is swung. All round just plain better for hedging and wood trimming work. I have bought a spare one. My only 'complaint' is that I wish they made a smaller one as well, but this is a great tool.