We walk the dog on a two mile trail after supper. Sometimes she escapes, and she's not so good at the "come" command yet, so I used the tanto to hack off a tree limb to lure her back (she likes sticks a lot). I figured I'd have to hammer it through with my boot, but two good swipes at it and I had a decent sized stick, and then a dog again. It wrecked the edge, but it's soft steel, and razor sharp again after a turn on the outstanding Smith's sharpener that Kim gave me. It's surprising to me that relatively crappy AUS8 steel would cut so well, but I'm still learning about this stuff. It's looking like you don't have to spend $800 to get a decent blade.