This came back to my shop for it's annual touch up. It a 4" drop point hunter in s35vn heat treated to 60 HRc with cryo. I made this knife in 2011 for a friend of mine who is an avid deer hunter and taxidermist. He has killed many trophy buck and bear in his life time and has skinned, quartered and butchered many more including what he does with his taxidermy business. He processes according to him 25-30 deer per year in addition to bear, moose elk and what ever else may come his way. So in the last 8 years this knife has processed somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 plus big game animals, and all it has maybe needed was a couple of strokes on my surgical black Arkansas stone and a couple passes on my hard buffing wheel loaded with green chrome rouge and she's right back in the game. All he does to maintain this knife throughout the season is touch it on a smooth steel a few time after about every 6 to 8 deer, and even at the end of the season when he brings it to me it's still plenty sharp. I'm thinking I may just have to go back to that s35vn for some high end field grade knives again. This next photo is what it looked like when it was new. You can see it aged a little bit bit still looks pretty good.