This knife is awesome. I decided to dig myself a shooting hole. I used no gloves or anything else. Wanted to be quiet whille doing this. If I had gloves on and pounding it with something I would have did this quick, but I wanted quiet. Hands were perfectly clean afterwards also because I used the back of the knife's spine to clean out the hole. This knife is 440c and hollow ground. Held up super great. Had some minor edge rolling, no chipping, and minor tip danage. Nothing that I didnt sharped right out. Shaves hair now . After playing with this knife and its slim line design. Id take it anywere. Did some chopping with it also. Did ok but its not a chopper. But works Anyway enjoy.