And what is the blade to do? The edge retention is not going to be great. If you went with this steel, I recommend that it be dealt with by a reputable manufacturer. With good heat treatment and good geometry, you can expect to have a good, serviceable knife. I would probably take a 1095 from TOPS over this. (This is about the same as 440A) I recently ordered a S&W fixed blade (SW7) in this steel. I have not batoned with it, nor attacked any survivors of Lynn Thompson's car hood impalements, but it is well put together with good looking grinds and a comfortable grip. I cuts well and stabs well. I paid about $25 for it. I have no complaints.