I fell in a hole for about 7 years. Back with a question for the more knowledgeable. I've got a VUK that I've been using for work chores around the home front: cutting up branches etc. The 15" 18oz size works well for this. I'm wondering if a Sirupate type blade would be strong enough for these duties? The light weight really sings and makes a lively chopper but I don't want to buy a blade that will be damaged or can't handle the job. What say the masters? My youngest son has been requesting a Kuk for a while so I'm thinking about getting him something new or gifting him one of mine. Looks like the prices have gone up a bit since I was here last.