The knife sharpens easily but does not retain a good edge for long, low quality Chinese steel (CrMoV)even though it's stamped German Steel on the blade. It fell off my hand onto the hardwood floor in the kitchen and blade just snapped in half. Contacted customer service and they said "Lifetime" Guarantee does not cover "accidental" damage. Useless. Please save your money and buy a decent Japanese, German or USA blade. This is NOT worth what my wife paid for it.