Yep — it’s a 6′ long metal toothpick. And if you need to dig in hard soil, it’s your friend. Perry writes: “This is an approximately 20 pound, 6′ long steel bar with a chisel tip on one end and a point on the other — like a pencil point. It’s create for breaking up hard soil and for chopping through roots. I’ve had one for a while now, and it’s a Godsend with the hard ground around me. I’ve also hit rocks and concrete several times with no problems.”
I could have really used one of these digging at my father’s old place. Where I live now the soil’s all pretty much artificial, so it’s loose and easy to work with. But at times I thought dad’s place was built on solid stone. This would easily have broken up the ground enough to work with a shovel, and at only $22 or so from Lowe’s, there’s no excuse not to have one if you need it.
These are available from lots of other brick-and-mortar and online vendors as well.