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Overall, the knife is an excellent size for me and the handle fits my normal sized man's hand nicely. The knife's steel and handle quality is excellent. My reason for 4 stars ( 4.5 stars not an option), not 5 is that half of the back side of the knife is not smooth and requires about 30-60 minutes to bring it to silky smoothness to be able to glide it easily in a spoon's bowl when cutting. This requires honing the back with progressive wet/dry sandpaper to 1200 grit and then stropping on leather with honing compound. Not hard to do and necessary to bring this high quality tool to perform at its maximum potential. The cutting edge also needs sharpening, for as it comes from SD, it is not as sharp as it can be with some sharpening work that any spoon carver should be capable of doing easily. This additional sharpening and tuning is not unusual on some high end tools like this SD, in order that the user can set it up to exactly her/his liking. Excellent hook carving tool.
Michael Obrien4th September, 2017