Jk_4100, the groves on the Zing actually help cutting through thicker material like heavy cardboard and rubber hoses. The sides of the blade offer up less resistance to the material it is going through. RJ Martin weighed in here on the subject a few years back. I re-handled mine with cocobolo scales and used a buffer to polish up the blade. If I don't fire the blade out with the flipper its gets good ooohs and aaahs from the sheeple. It can be a good looking gentleman's knife in fact its my "dress" knife. They also make a Damascus version but personally I think it is ugly as sin. On the 14c26n steel if you get the edge geometry right (no burs or rolled edges) it will cut Cat5e data cable all day and still shave. The 14c26n is a Kershaw special steel they(Kershaw) contracted Sandvik. Thomas or one of the mafia will straighten this claim out. Its about as hard/tough as you can get and still easily mass-produce blades out of it and it is apparently more stainless than the 13c variant.