If you've been on the fence about shelling out the $ for a Rockstead, might consider the Chou to start. Just got this little beauty and let me tell you...it's absolutely flawless in design and materials. Just unreal. I got it second hand so feel good about actually using and reviewing it. So far it hasn't let me down. Did a 1/2" poly cord cut and made it through with zero effort. The sharpest knife I've ever owned. It's just plain scary. This is also the smallest neck knife I've ever owned but feels fine in my large hands. Don't recommend it if you're an xl. if you you're looking for a taste of the Rockstead legacy, this would be it. I'm a believer now and am looking at a Higo next. Thank you all that have contributed to sharing their knowledge of Rockstead and their opinions. You've been very helpful.