I believe that this is overpriced for what it is. 1095 is very inexpensive steel. The recommended HRc for this steel is 58. At the lower numbers here, it will be as tough as nails, but have little edge holding ability. I personally don't know anything about Utica's HT. Being that I see a lot of inexpensive knives bearing their name, I have my suspicions that it may not be the best. I would looks at Condor, Becker, Cold Steel, and a few other brands if I were to spend this much. I am not arguing about this being a great knife, just as to whether of not it is a great machete.