This is an effective first tool to use in an emergency stoppage situation. Due to its square stock design it is heavy-duty and durable. The back of the blade has a cutting edge to more effectively sever roots in retrieval. Sreco corkscrews are hardened, enabling them to resist deformation which is seen in lesser quality corkscrews. Have you had one "pull straight" when trying to retrieve it from a difficult spot? The Sreco tools will not do that.