I own many brand name knives case buck sharde henery etc. I was looking for cheap beater for wood craft. After a year and half of hard use I was so surprised at how this knife held up. I've dressed and butchered numerous deer and a few turtles with very minor touch up to the blade in the process. Carving bow drill sets and general utility use the blade remains razor sharp. It is a little tough to get the initial edge on but it really holds up.