I saw this on Amazon for $18 and I wanted a machete type blade, so I thought for the cost it was worth a try. Out of the "box" (it came in a plastic bag) it is fairly dull, so my first impression of how it cuts almost anything (branches, brambles, saplings) is that it is very poor. It was almost dark when I got home so I will have to sharpen and try again tomorrow. The blade is thin (2mm, 0.07") - a little thicker than some machetes, but certainly much thinner than my Kabar Kukri (Ka-Bar 2-1249-9) which at 0.165" is more than twice as thick, but with a shorter 11.5" length and the same weight, the balance is much different. Plus, the KaBar came out of the box much sharper. Still, my intention for the CS is to use it as more of a machete, and those are generally lighter, longer and thinner, for easier/faster swinging for cutting vines, grass and brambles. So we'll see - maybe this weekend I will sharpen it and try it. I have no shortage of brambles and stuff to try it on,but it definitely needs to be sharpened first as it just won't cut anything right now.