So I've had my MaxaManix since the first month or so they were available. I used it with the factory edge for about 2 months, then after I re-profiled my S110v manix I decided I may as well do the Maxamet too. As other users have commented, it's surprisingly easy to sharpen. I put a polish on it with some shapton glass stones, but started with an Atoma 140 grit. Did zero maintenance until this October when I lent it to a coworker who was thinking of buying a Manix2. I trust this person and told her "Beat the hell out of it." Made sure to not tell her the price either >_>. Up until this coworker borrowed it for a week, I used the Maxamet for everything from food prep to light camp work - making stakes and just general campfire whittling. The main use it saw was push cutting zip-ties and slicing up a lot of cardboard. It never seemed to dull and I kept grabbing it day after day partially because it's so darn reliable and partially to see if it'd finally get dull at all. I get it back from my coworker, get home and open it. She's torn a half inch out of the cutting edge length wise, not very deep into the steel. Also managed to damage the tip as well. The tip almost looks like it shattered. Took about an afternoon to get the chip out and fix the tip. I have no idea what she put the knife through and I haven't asked yet. I thought I WAS hard on this knife. I had sharpened it to 14DPS, so my guess is that she was doing something to put lateral force on the edge and snapped it. When I got the chip out I re-did the edge to 16dps. The difference in cutting is noticeable, but it's still good enough that the difference is only worth bringing up in a topic such as this. Also interesting, while getting the chip out, I pressed down quite hard with my 140 grit Atoma. I didn't take it to any grit beyond either, no stropping either as I don't have a strop currently. I just don't see a reason to take it to a high polish or higher grit so far - it cuts effortlessly for what I use it for and the rougher finish matches well with the patina slowly forming.