well, i was ready to give up on the CS Kukri. had tried the light one and it broke. they admitted fault but wouldn't let me trade up for the bigger fella; Cutlery Shoppe stepped in, took the replacement light one and sent me out a regular CS kukri, very cool of them. Wow, what's up with the spine, what a wedge! i took it out in the middle of the day (wish i had high privacy fences, i'd stop scaring the neighbors). rigged up some nice paracord on the handle for a nice snap cut. what a difference. i was ready to give up on getting this knife, had been working on it since last March or April with Cold Steel. was just going to get one of the Himalayan Imports, didn't know how good they really were until i joined the forum. but since mr. UPS was here today, i gotta say i'm pretty satisfied with this kukri. now i hope it doesn't break! it really snaps the branches off when you put a little snot into the swing. guess you could really hurt a bone or two with the back edge as well. all in all, nice.