Unlike carbon steel which requires regular oiling to prevent rust, this bonsai repotting stick feature stainless steel for rust proof durability. Repotting sticks are useful for everyday repotting to remove air pockets. Their narrow design makes it easier to get down into the soil for easy air pocket removal. Stick is also useful for helping set cuttings. The overall length of the Stainless Steel Repotting Stick is approximately 8''.