Wow...so many positive reviews; boy do I feel like the odd man out. I purchased this parang a few years back and it sat, while I used my Linder machete (of which I was a big fan until the blade broke, hitting an unseen rock at ground level). Enter the Condor Parang. What a difference in performance. Just no mojo when connecting. Maybe it's wedge grind, of which doesn't come close to the Linder or my BK&T Kukri in biting into material, or more maybe it's oddly shaped, thick, smooth handle that twists in the hand when striking even remotely off center. I can't tell you how many times this thing glanced off the target intended; nearly causing a catastrophic event. I couldn't hand this to my wife for limbing or really any serious work, for fear of an accident. I really wanted to make this my new 'go to' machete, with its sleek look and forward balanced blade - but when it came down to performing; it fell short for me. If you do decide to give this one a go, take it slow and easy...as I can attest, she'll make you pay for an errant swing.