This is a brush knife - something between a knife and a machete - and it works well for that purpose. If you are looking for a solid Bowie knife with a 12" blade, look at something else. As a knife, it is not up to Cold Steel's usual standards. This is a thin blade with a bit of flex. It is not as sturdy as a true large knife. The blade has a very rough finish, and the black coating wears off easily. The false edge at the top of the clip point is sharp, and a better edge can be put on that part of the blade with a good sharpening stone. This is a nice touch in a brush knife. The blade has a much sharper cutting edge than do most machetes. It works very well for hacking through dense brush, and the grip fits securely in the hand. It makes for a good all-purpose chopper, and it is easily resharpened.