This is a beautifully crafted knife with a solid, dependable feel. The textured, rubber grip on the handle leaves something to be desired but I can tell that my hand wouldn't slide if I had to use this blade for real. The only serious fault with this knife lies not with the knife itself, but with the sheath. I had to twist and bend the leather button straps many times to soften up the leather enough to comfortably snap the straps securely together and when sheathed, there is maybe half an inch gap from the top of the sheath to the guard. United Cutlery really needs to design a better sheath. This seems to be a consistent problem with these guys. I had the same issue with my Honsou Fighter. But all told, a beautiful blade for a beautiful price.