Wal-mart sells it cheap because they contract a large number of the knives to be made and bought for their 1000's of stores. I've heard they aren't finished as well but, I have two and the Wal-Mart one is finished the best. The steel would be the same I'd think as the other 420HC knives in their line. As to it being too much to use to dress out a small animal, it's more than I'd want. A 3-4" thinner blade would be easier to handle on a rabbit or squirrel, than a 6", rather heavy blade. Wal-Mart 119 at top, online knife store 119 at bottom.