Love this machete! I bought this some time ago because let's face it, it just looks bad ass! When I opened it I was not disappointed. It has a very good weight, not light and flimsy like most machetes. The blade has a straight edge on the top and is serrated on the bottom, there is a sharp tip good for digging. The blade is also very thick and sturdy. It's a little short to be called a 'machete,' I kind of look at it as a long knife or a short sword even. Either way, excellent for protection. If I broke into someone's house and saw them coming at me with this, I would run in a heart beat!