I bought this knife in November of 2009, then proceeded to beat the hell out it. I have dug holes with it, cut just about everything I can think of with it, it has gone for about 10 rides in the washer and dryer. It continues to function great, it has a tiny bit of play where the blade is connected to the handle. It takes an edge like a champ still and I'm not the greatest knife sharpener. I bought it for a beater pocket knife, $45, was looking for it to last 2-3 years. Great value.