I'm a low-voltage tech and I've been using this knife for at least 3 years(?) and it has worked out ok. Very similar to the comparable Buck and Gerber models. The last one I had before I lost it was a Buck and it had the same knack for losing sharpness as this Case. Also the locking mechanism on these knives is next to worthless. I can't count how many "gotchas" I've almost had. Be careful and learn it's limitations. These knives are SO lightweight though it's a double-plus! Just expect to have to sharpen about once a week. Suprisingly, the blade on my Case is about halfway gone now. I didn't realize this until I saw a new one in a Case display at a local store. Note: After losing so many of these knives, my solution was to tie a brightly colored lanyard on them. By keeping the lanyard hanging out of your pocket, it'll also help you keep your pants clean by not having to dig into your pocket with dirty hands! A good but not great knife.